Video & Annotated Transcript: 2011 Leonard Cohen Prince of Asturias Awards Speech

video-title-screenLeonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech, given October 21, 2011 at Oviedo, Spain, is a remarkable performance that is entertaining, enriching, and enlightening – a must-see for those even modestly interested in the Canadian singer-songwriter.

The video and an annotated transcript of the presentation is now online at Leonard Cohen: The Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech With Annotations & Commentary,

 

Note: Originally posted Oct 25, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Videos: All Six Songs From 1988 Leonard Cohen Live At Roskilde TV Broadcast

Dance Me To The End Of Love, Everybody Knows, First We Take Manhattan, Take This Waltz, Hallelujah,  Suzanne

On July 2, 1988, Leonard Cohen appeared  at the 1988 Roskilde Festival, held south of Roskilde, Denmark. Six of those songs were broadcast on TV2 Denmark. a1000kissesdeep (aka Tom Sakic to ongoing readers) has uploaded these to YouTube. Although all six suffer from color distortion, these videos are fascinating, not only because of the impressive performances by Leonard Cohen and his musicians but also due to the exuberant, banner-waving audience. Worthy of special note is Everybody Knows, which offers a precursor to one of Leonard Cohen’s signature moves during the 2008-2013 tours – kneeling beside John Bilezikjian on the oud  as he would later kneel beside Javier Mas to establish face to face contact as he sings and Mas plays.

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. Everybody Knows
3. First We Take Manhattan
4. Take This Waltz
5. Hallelujah
6. Suzanne

Embedded below is  a representative performance, Take This Waltz.

Leonard Cohen – Take This Waltz
Roskilde: July 2, 1988

Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Superb Video Of Leonard Cohen At Mt Baldy Zen Center – Armelle Brusq’s 1996 Film Now Online

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Rare Opportunity To View High Quality Documentary Of Leonard Cohen During His Zen Retreat

A high quality copy of the entire Armelle Brusq Spring 1996 Documentary has been uploaded to YouTube. For anyone with even a modest interest in Cohen’s career, this is a must-see video (and one somewhat difficult to find in the past).

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The Armelle Brusq documentary shot in Spring 1996, about Leonard Cohen’s experience at Mt Baldy1 from which the clip is taken is described in LeonardCohenFiles. Excerpts follow:

Armelle Brusq is a young French artist living in Paris. She filmed this 52 min documentary in Spring 1996 on Mt. Baldy and in Los Angeles using a customized camera. The Norwegian television was the first to show it (on March 15, 1997), and later many other TV channels followed.

Leonard Cohen commented from the Mt Baldy Zen Center, his home at that time: The monks up here think it’s pretty good. Roshi said to her: “You great artist”

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  1. This documentary is referenced under several names, the most complete of which seems to be “Leonard Cohen. Spring 1996. A portrait in time by Armelle Brusq” []

Leonard Cohen Recites Extended Version Of A Thousand Kisses Deep – Dublin 2009

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The Poems Of Leonard Cohen In Concert

Leonard Cohen’s recitations of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” have consistently been some of the most moving moments of the Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts. The video of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from the 2009 Dublin show has been specifically chosen because it showcases an extended version of the poem that is, to my ears, especially effective.

Leonard Cohen – A 1000 Kisses Deep
Dublin: O2, July 20, 2009


Note: Originally posted Aug 24, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Recites, Webbs Sing If It Be Your Will – Oslo 2010

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The Poems Of Leonard Cohen In Concert

Leonard Cohen’s recitations of :If It Be Your Will” have consistently been some of the most moving moments of the Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts. Cohen’s narration of “If It Be Your Will” is part of his introduction to the Webb Sisters’ presentation of the song, and the contrast in timbre and meter enhance the performances of both Cohen and the Webbs.

Leonard Cohen & Webb Sisters – If It Be Your Will
Oslo: Aug 6, 2010
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Note: Originally posted Aug 24, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric