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San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives #3: Favorite Game Publication Photo

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San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives Specimen #3

This is the third of six photos of Leonard Cohen obtained from the San Francisco Examiner Photo Archives by Maarten Massa, who contributed them for posting here. For details about this photo set, see San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives #1: “Chaos Around Him”

Dated 1963. Credit: Harry Hess.

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Note: Originally posted Aug 22, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos – Chris Buck’s 2001 Leonard Cohen Shoot: Rosicrucians, Photographic Destiny, & Pastrami Sandwiches With A Side Of Chopped Liver

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Introduction by DrHGuy

The photos taken by Chris Buck for use in “Cohen on Wry” by Michael Krugman (Flaunt: Oct 2001) are some of my personal favorites because they compellingly convey the unique amalgamation of gravitas, geniality, and graciousness that defined Leonard Cohen. Chris has also provided the intriguing back story of the shoot that resulted in these superb images.

Leonard Cohen 2001 Photo Session by Chris Buck

I’m frequently asked to name my favorite photo session of my career, and I always answer “Leonard Cohen.” It’s not because this is the best photograph in my new book UNEASY (a 30-year portrait retrospective) but it was a sitting with someone I most admired, as a musician and as a man.

After the shoot I wrote six pages of handwritten notes about the experience, the text below is culled from that material.

July 20, 2001, at his home, Los Angeles

For lunch today I had a pastrami sandwich with a side of chopped liver. Leonard Cohen made it for me.

I walked into the kitchen and there was a small man leaning over a stove, wearing a dark suit and hat. As I entered Leonard Cohen turned to me, and with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth he said, “Nice to meet you, do you want some coffee, man?”

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He gave me a tour of the house so I could decide where to shoot. We saw the various bedrooms, the bathroom, the back guesthouse and his upstairs studio, where he recorded his recent album.

As we stepped out of the guesthouse I asked him who the Rosicrucians were. He said that they were a group who started in Egypt – mystics who then developed over the centuries. They give seminars that you can sign up for and attend. I asked if they had contacted him (as someone who had endorsed them in his song Dress Rehearsal Rag). He laughed, and made it clear that he hadn’t really endorsed them.

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As we were speaking I saw an upside down beetle squirming on the driveway. I excused myself for a second and turned it over, allowing it to fly away. Leonard seemed pleased and thanked me for the gesture.

It felt magical to have this little Buddhist moment with Leonard Cohen, but I was also aware that I was probably trying to impress him.

I some took time away to sit at a wooden table in his living room to collect my thoughts and notes to prepare for the photo session. After few minutes wandered into the room and sat on the arm of a big chair a few feet from me. He could tell I was nervous, and I told him that I really wanted to do something great and special. He looked at me and said, “If you are meant to make a really wonderful picture, there is nothing in this world or any other that can stop that from happening.” And I thought, “Wow, that’s cool.” He paused and then said, “If you’re meant to make a bad picture, there’s nothing in this world or any other that can stop that either.”

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We had been told that we had two hours for the shoot, and after exactly 120 minutes we stopped and Leonard Cohen made lunch for my assistant and I. He said that he’d gone to the Jewish deli that morning and picked up ingredients, and that the chicken liver was really good today. I agreed to have some it tasted pretty great. Was it really an exceptional batch of chopped liver, or was it just special because Leonard Cohen offered it to me? This I’ll never have a sure answer for.

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San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives #2 “The fact is I’m turning to gold …”

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San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives Specimen #2

This is the second of six photos of Leonard Cohen obtained from the San Francisco Examiner Photo Archives by Maarten Massa, who contributed them for posting here. For details about this photo set, see San Francisco Examiner Leonard Cohen Photo Archives #1: “Chaos Around Him”

From back of photo: Best Seller: A line from poet Leonard Cohen’s book predicted his success – “The fact is I’m turning to gold …”

Well, the Examiner may define “success” differently than I would. In any case, the quotation beginning “The fact is I’m turning to gold …” comes from The Cuckold’s Song, a poem published in The Spice-Box of Earth by Leonard Cohen, first published 1961 (see poem at end of post). Spice-Box of Earth was re-published in 1969, the year this photo ran in the Examiner. By 1969, Cohen had issued two albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) and Songs from a Room (1969).

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The Cuckold’s Song
By Leonard Cohen

If this looks like a poem
I might as well warn you at the beginning
that it’s not meant to be one.
I don’t want to turn anything into poetry.
I know all about her part in it
but I’m not concerned with that right now.
This is between you and me.
Personally I don’t give a damn who led who on:
in fact I wonder if I give a damn at all.
But a man’s got to say something.
Anyhow you fed her 5 MacKewan Ales,
took her to your room, put the right records on,
and in an hour or two it was done.
I know all about passion and honour
but unfortunately this had really nothing to do with either:
oh there was passion I’m only too sure
and even a little honour
but the important thing was to cuckold Leonard Cohen.
Hell, I might just as well address this to the both of you:
I haven’t time to write anything else.
I’ve got to say my prayers.
I’ve got to wait by the window.
I repeat: the important thing was to cuckold Leonard Cohen.
I like that line because it’s got my name in it.
What really makes me sick
is that everything goes on as it went before:
I’m still a sort of friend,
I’m still a sort of lover.
But not for long:
that’s why I’m telling this to the two of you.
The fact is I’m turning to gold, turning to gold.
It’s a long process, they say,
it happens in stages.
This is to inform you that I’ve already turned to clay.

A bunch of lonesome and very quarrelsome heroes
were smoking out along the open road;
the night was very dark and thick between them,
each man beneath his ordinary load.
“I’d like to tell my story,”
said one of them so young and bold,
“I’d like to tell my story,
before I turn into gold.”
But no one really could hear him,
the night so dark and thick and green;
well I guess that these heroes must always live there
where you and I have only been.
Put out your cigarette, my love,
you’ve been alone too long;
and some of us are very hungry now
to hear what it is you’ve done that was so wrong.
I sing this for the crickets,
I sing this for the army,
I sing this for your children
and for all who do not need me.
“I’d like to tell my story,”
said one of them so bold,
“Oh yes, I’d like to tell my story
’cause you know I feel I’m turning into gold.” [emphasis mine]

Note: Originally posted Aug 22, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2 Photos: A Very Young Leonard Cohen, His Sister Esther, And For The 1st Time A Bear

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Dogs And Horses And Bears, Oh My!

Indeed, while I’ve posted many photos of Leonard Cohen with his canine friends, a shot of the Canadian singer-songwriter astride a white stallion, and even one image with a real monkey, these are the first photos of Leonard Cohen I’ve found that also feature a bear.. Thanks to Maarten Massa for access to these images. Originally posted July 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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