Singular Photos From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972


Jennifer Warnes Contributes Rare Images

These singular photos1 from Jennifer Warnes’ private stash were taken by Sherry Suris at either the April 19, 1972 Leonard Cohen Tel Aviv soundcheck or the April 20, 1972 Jerusalem soundcheck.

Update: One More Special Photo From Jennifer Warnes: Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Israel 1972

3-12Musicians: 1972 Leonard Cohen Tour

  • Leonard Cohen: Guitar, Vocals
  • Ron Cornelius: Guitar
  • Bob Johnston: Keyboards
  • Peter Marshall: Bass
  • David O’Connor Guitar
  • Jennifer Warnes: Vocals
  • Donna Washburn: Vocals

Source: Is This What You Wanted? by Jim Devlin



2-1`2Credit Due Department: These photos are posted here exclusively through the generosity of Jennifer Warnes. Special thanks go to David Rubin, without whose assistance this posting would not have taken place.

Note: Originally posted Oct 3, 2013, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. OK, in this case, “singular” means “I don’t recall seeing, these photos previously []

Google Earth Captures Leonard Cohen At Home – & Unidentified “Other Guy”

These photos fall within the “poorly kept secret” category. At least a dozen fans have forwarded these images, originally captured by Google Earth, my way. I was uncomfortable about posting these while Leonard lived at this address, but I did send him the photos late in March 2016, a time when we were exchanging items to amuse each other. In his next email, Leonard addressed the house photos in this excerpt:

Must have been a couple of years ago. Chairs have been changed. Can’t identify the other guy.

I came across that email today and realized that, since several photos of Leonard’s Los Angeles home have now been published online and since these are no longer the images displayed for Leonard’s address at Google Earth, there was little risk that posing these shots now, with the address information and links removed, would cause additional  problems – so, here they are.

Photos: Leonard Cohen In Concert – Reykjavik 1988

These photos were taken by Johann Agust Hansen, then a freelance press photographer, at the June 24 1988 Leonard Cohen concert in Reykjavik, Iceland. (See 1988 Leonard Cohen Icelandic TV Documentary – Performances & Interview)

Johann Agust Hansen writes:

I was very lucky to be accepted as a press photographer for the Reykjavik 1988 concert. I had just started working as a freelance press photographer selling my photos to the local newspapers.

It was a great concert where Cohen played songs from his newly released album I’m Your Man. The playlist included songs such as First We Take Manhattan and Take This Waltz but he also played older songs such as Bird On a Wire, Sisters of Mercy, Hallelujah, Susanne, So Long Marianne and Famous Blue raincoat.

In the beginning of the concert, all the photographers, five or six of us, were ushered to the area in front of the stage. Cohen started with the song Dance Me to the End of Love, a quiet song which set the mood that I hoped to capture. We were only allowed to take photos during the first three songs so there was not much time and every photographer wanted to be as close to him as possible. My favourite photo from the show is the one where Cohen closes his eyes because I could feel his sincerity and strong emotion through my lens.

Photos & More: Leonard Cohen, David Blue, Gisela Martine Getty, The Heavenly Twins, & The 1979 Starwood Devo Show

Backstage photos at the 1979 Devo Starwood Show: In the shot atop this post, taken by Brad Elterman, the smiling guy wearing the Chateau Marmont Hollywood t-shirt is, of course, Leonard Cohen. The woman seated next to him is photographer Gisela Martine Getty, who was married to John Paul Getty III. David Blue, in the front dressed in white, was a singer-songwriter in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene along with his friends like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Paxton. He was also close to Leonard Cohen. The other lads are members of Devo. The photo of Leonard Cohen & Gisela Martine Getty was taken at the same Devo show.

Leonard Does Devo

Leonard Cohen and Gisela Martine Getty

Gisela Martine Getty (née Schmidt) is a professional photographer and documentary filmmaker who was married to John Paul Getty III. Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann, born in 1949 in Kassel, were “twin sisters who were seen as the “perfect embodiment of the zeitgeist” in the 1970s and 1980s.” (Visual Gallery at photokina 2010 presents: Analoge Bohème / The Twins). The twins Jutta and Gisela are shown with Dennis Hopper in this publicity shot from The Heavenly Twins,

Gisela Getty and Jutta Winkelmann were the titular stars of a film, The Heavenly Twins by Rainer Langhans und Christa Ritter. Peter Szatmary, writing in the Houston Press, notes that the movie

looks as well at the fascinating lives of these one-time members of the cultural in-crowd. At age 19, they co-direct an award-winning documentary. The ’68 revolution incites them to divorce their husbands on the same day. Jutta, searching for the inner self, turns to a mystical ex-revolutionary. Gisela, opting for the fast lane, marries Paul Getty III; when she divorces him, she splits the settlement with Jutta. Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Dennis Hopper, Leonard Cohen, Timothy Leary, are among the commentators. [emphasis mine]