Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Read Poems, Talk About Writing On 1980 CBC Authors With Patrick Watson

authorsOn February 1 and 8, 1980, Leonard Cohen was interviewed on CBC’s Authors With Patrick Watson. Both episodes are presented here. Leonard is a tad more stilted than usual, but, as I’ve noted before, “Leonard Cohen gives good interview,” and this is no exception. And his adept management of his cigarette holder is spellbinding.

Topics include the effect of drugs on the creative process, the significance of marriage and children, saintliness, Bob Dylan, the notion that Cohen grapples “with depressing aspects of the world,” the characterization of his work as “more eccentric” rather than “dominating a field,” sending a song out into the world, and the utility of a song.

Leonard Cohen reads This Marriage and Slowly I Married Her from Death Of A Lady’s Man and The Rest Is Dross from Flowers For Hitler.

Leonard Cohen Interview
CBC Authors with Patrick Watson: February 1 and 8, 1980

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Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul, who alerted me to to this video.

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Outstanding Performance Of There Is A War – Boston 1993

bostonThere is a war between the rich and poor,
A war between the man and the woman.
There is a war between the ones who say there is a war
And the ones who say there isn’t.
Why don’t you come on back to the war, that’s right, get in it,
Why don’t you come on back to the war, it’s just beginning.

Featuring Bob Metzger On Guitar

Leonard Cohen performs an impressive, animated rendition of There Is A War with a splendid guitar solo by Bob Metzger at Berklee Performing Center, Boston on July 16, 1993. The video includes Leonard’s introduction to the song:

About a thousand years ago, there was this brief period of about 11 or 12 minutes, that is now referred to as the sixties, a hated time, an intoxicating time. I enjoyed myself thoroughly for five or six minutes. It has become a kind of black hole in the sociological cosmos, a kind of Bermuda Triangle, into which all the noblest and worthwhile ideas disappeared forever. A seductive moment, however being the gloomy chap that you know me to be, I was able to resist it. I think it was back in 1971 when it reached its most acute phase, it was then that I was inspired to write this mournful and bitter ditty in response to all the flabby liars of the Aquarian Age.

The sound is excellent; the visual elements are imperfect but can be watched easily and enjoyably.

Leonard Cohen – There Is A War
Berklee Performing Center, Boston: 16 July 1993
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Video: Watch Complete 1991 Induction Of Leonard Cohen Into Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Featuring Jennifer Warnes, Suzanne Vega, Aaron Neville & Moses Znaimer

Linda Sturgess alerts us that the video of Leonard Cohen’s complete induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, including the introduction by Moses Znaimer, the tribute performances by Jennifer Warnes (Joan of Arc), Suzanne Vega (Who By Fire), and Aaron Neville (Bird on the Wire) and, of course, Leonard’s acceptance speech, is now online.

Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech includes numerous moments of graciousness and gratitude, sparkling wit, and exquisite phrasing.  A couple of examples follow:

After saluting a bevy of Hall Of Fame members, including Hank Snow, Glenn Gould, The Diamonds, The Four Lads, Neil Young, The Band, Paul Anka, and Gordon Lightfoot, Cohen ends the list with Joni Mitchell and Maureen Forrester, going on to remark,

Two women of genius among all that exuberant, masculine prominence … It’s going to be hard to get a date in the Hall of Fame.

Commenting on the timing of this honor Cohen explains

If I had been given this attention when I was 26, it would have turned my head. At 36 it might have confirmed my flight on a rather morbid spiritual path. At 46 it would have rubbed my nose in my failing powers and have prompted a plotting of a getaway and an alibi. But at 56 — hell, I’m just hitting my stride and it doesn’t hurt at all.

Leonard’s speech without the introduction or tributes can be viewed at Video: Leonard Cohen’s Witty, Touching 1991 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction Speech

Leonard Cohen Inducted Into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame | Junos 1991

2016 Cohencentric Highlights: Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker”


2016 Cohencentric Highlights: In 2016, posts about the deaths of Marianne Ihlen & Leonard Cohen, of course,garnered the most views by a wide margin. Of those posts on other topics, however, the video of Leonard Cohen’s New Song On Peaky Blinders – “You Want It Darker,” posted on , was the most popular,

Update: “You Want It Darker” is the title song from the new Leonard Cohen album coming out this fall. All information available about the You Want It Darker album by Leonard Cohen is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

You Want It Darker” is the new Leonard Cohen song heard during an erotic asphyxiation scene (definitely NSFW) near the end of Season 3, Episode 5 of Peaky Blinders. The lyrics of “You Want It Darker” (the segment of the song used in Peaky Blinders) follow:

If you are the dealer
Let me out of the game
If you are the healer
I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory
Mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Update: The lyrics of the entire song can be found at Lyrics Of “You Want It Darker”

The video of the pertinent Peaky Blinders segment can be viewed below.

Video: Watch Complete 1988 Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Concert TV Broadcast – Without Subtitles

88ssOn , I posted that “the RTE recording of the entire May 20, 1988 Leonard Cohen San Sebastian concert, the only full-length live Leonard Cohen show ever broadcast on TV, is now online.” Now, the same broadcast is available without the annoying subtitles. (Note: This video does not include the interview that was part of that broadcast. For that interview see the first portion of Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Interview & Concert.)

Leonard Cohen San Sebastián Concert
Velodromo De Anoeta: May 20, 1988

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Alan Mawhinney, who alerted me to this video.