Video: 1985 Leonard Cohen Rehearsals, Backstage Badinage, & Interviews


Leonard Cohen, Anjani, & Band In 1985 Halleluja in Moll Videos

Ruth Stimson, operating under her YouTube alias, has posted “Halleluja In Moll,” a German documentary produced after the 1985 Leonard Cohen Tour, that is both entertaining and enlightening.

Anjani on keyboard & vocals

Anjani on keyboard & vocals

Featured are portions of several songs, including “If It Be Your Will,” an impromptu version of “Goodnight, Irene,”  Anjani’s bluesy rendition of “I Tried To Leave You,” “Suzanne,” “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” and, of course, “Hallelujah.”


It’s Not Just Any Hallelujah

No, indeed. This video presents the Making Of The Hallelujah That Ranked #2 In The 5 Funniest Leonard Cohen Music Videos “Hallelujah.”

See fake pigeons positioned, …


leaves artistically strewn, …


and, well, whatever is going on here.


Talk – Talk

There is a clinker, at least for those who do not speak German – the spoken German translation sometimes obscures the words spoken (in English) by Cohen and others. Nonetheless, the interviews are worth the attention required to distinguish Cohen’s responses.


Even those queries proving that asking inane questions of public figures transcends borders (e.g., “Are you a friend of yourself?”) spark witty rejoinders (“From time to time, we’re on speaking  terms”). Cohen also speaks to his ambivalence about performing, his relationship with God, his reputation as a “great lover,” and, as fans have come to expect, much more.



Tourist locations, including an appropriately somber viewing of the Berlin Wall, are visited.

Banter and Backstage Antics

Dominique Issermann adjusts Anjani's profile for cinematographer Leonard Cohen

Dominique Issermann adjusts Anjani’s profile for cinematographer Leonard Cohen

Band members tease and crack wise, songs are sung, tomfoolery is carried out, toasts are toasted, and a good time is had by all.


The Halleluja in Moll Videos

Leonard Cohen – Halleluja in Moll (1985) Part 1

Leonard Cohen – Halleluja in Moll (1985) Part 1

Caveat: These videos contain enough fun to wear a guy out.

yawn2Note: Originally posted Oct 9, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos & First-Person Account: Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas Appear In Paris 2007


Photos: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Perform Blue Alert Music

Dominique BOILE offers these striking photos he took during Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani at the New Morning club in Paris on July 11, 2007, when Anjani performed in support of the Blue Alert Album.



Anjani & Leonard Cohen, Live In Paris – The Experience

Maarten Massa, who also attended that 2007 Paris performance, issued this very personal report of the event.

Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas: Live in Paris

I’m from Belgium and Anjani will be performing in Ghent next week, but since I’ll be in Greece by then, I decided to go to Paris for a few days and combine a small city trip with Anjani’s gig.

Perhaps some of you remember me from Berlin where I took my dad along. This time, I was able to convince my wife and mother as well to go to Paris (although I’m a bit suspicious about their real purpose to go to Paris – they love shopping…).

So we were at the New Morning Club with a small group of 5 (a friend from Paris joined us there). I wasn’t at all expecting Leonard Cohen to appear, although of course I was hoping he’d show up somehow…

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Videos & Photos: Leonard Cohen, Anjani, Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies At Indigo – Toronto 2006


Before The  World Tour – Leonard Cohen & Friends Onstage

In an event now (undeservedly) obscured by the Leonard Cohen World Tour that began two years later, Leonard Cohen spent the Saturday afternoon of May 13th, 2006 listening to and singing with Anjani, Ron Sexsmith, and the Barenaked Ladies performing his songs.

Whether you’ve seen this video before or not, it is a delight.  First, observe Ron Sexsmith prompt a somewhat reluctant Leonard Cohen with the lyrics of Cohen’s own “Goodbye Marianne” and then watch as Leonard Cohen joins in with more and more enthusiasm to the point that he finally looks like a teenager ardently auditioning during an episode of Glee.

Update:  Another partial video of  So Long Marianne can be found at Video: Leonard Cohen, Anjani, Ron Sexsmith, Barenaked Ladies – Toronto 2006

Leonard Cohen and Friends – So Long Marianne
Toronto: May 13, 2006
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Ron Sexsmith & Barenaked Ladies – Heart With No Companion
Toronto: May 13, 2006
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lc-anjani-indigoAnjani & Leonard Cohen – I Never Got To Love You
Toronto: May 13, 2006
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Credit Due Department: The outstanding photos in this post were taken by Joan Vinall-Cox, who has enjoyed Cohen’s poetry and songs since 1968, when she bought his first album. She was in position to take these pictures because of winning two fourth-row seats to the show in a contest she had forgotten entering. Happily for viewers, she and daughter Meryle were able to attend (and reportedly had a lovely time).

Note: Originally posted Sep 4, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Recommended Reading: “Leonard Cohen – Out Of The Monastery And Back On The Road” & Sharon Robinson’s “My life with Leonard”

indepLeonard Cohen: Out of the monastery and back on the road by Simon Worrall, published in the 15 June 2008 Independent, is one of the most engaging concise biographical (up to 2008, of course) sketches of Leonard Cohen I’ve seen.  And, as if that weren’t enough, “My life with Leonard” by Sharon Robinson is added as a bonus. The following excerpt is part of Sharon’s description of collaborating with Leonard:

Leonard is well versed in many kinds of music. He listens to the music people give him, music recorded by friends and associates. He listens to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, blues and R&B, Otis Redding. I see myself as part of his palette, to be a sounding board and to execute whatever we decided would work. It’s intimidating working with him if you think about it. So I try not to think about it.quotedown2

Sharon Robinson


Note: Originally posted January 29, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric