It’s Official: Leonard Cohen Mike Walsh Show 1985 Performance & Interview Online

mike2Dance Me to the End of Love & Leonard Cohen on Songwriting, Drugs, Wine

Tom Sakic alerts us that the official NFSA (National Film and Sound Archive) clip of Leonard’s 1985 interview and performance of Dance Me to the End of Love on The Mike Walsh Show (Australian TV) is now online. This is a high quality video of an outstanding performance. And, the interview includes the origins of Dance Me to the End of Love and Suzanne as well as Leonard’s take on drugs and his pre-concert wine drinking. (Note that the clip is identified as being filmed in 1984, but Leonard Cohen did not tour that year; the performance took place in 1985)

From the NFSA description:

The Mike Walsh Show, ep.5027: Leonard Cohen on The Mike Walsh Show, performing ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ from his 1984 album Various Positions. Followed by an interview in which Coen describes songwriting as ‘deep spiritual quest for the truth’.

The clip can be viewed at Leonard Cohen on The Mike Walsh Show 1984

Note: The Leonard Cohen fan community has previously been served by a VHS version of the appearance uploaded to YouTube (Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love – Live 1985) Mar 2, 2012 by a1000kissesdeep aka Tom Sakic.

Videos From Montreal Tribute To Leonard Cohen: If It Be Your Will By Shaar Hashomayim Choir

godalveMontreal Tribute Video Playlist

God Is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Montreal Tribute to Leonard Cohen took place at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal Dec 15, 2016. Mirela M. (aka Mimi Lela in the Facebook realm) captured many of the performances, the videos of which can be found on her playlist God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. I’ve chosen one of my favorites as a sample:

Shaar Hashomayim Choir – If It Be Your Will (by Leonard Cohen)
God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Rialto Theatre, Montreal: Sept 15, 2016

More About God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

A description of the tribute can be accessed at A fitting tribute: Leonard Cohen sent off in style at Rialto benefit by T’Cha Dunlevy (Montreal Gazette: Nov 16, 2016).  Seven striking photos of the event can be viewed at Gallery: Leonard Cohen tribute at the Rialto Theatre

Hear Superb Tony Palmer Interview: Leonard Cohen & Bird On A Wire Film


Tony Palmer Interview

Dave Curless draws our attention to a podcast featuring a recent interview with Tony Palmer about his film, Bird On A Wire, This is Tony Palmer at his most perceptive, focusing on Leonard Cohen’s 1972 tour, the making of the Bird On A Wire documentary, and the Leonard Cohen’s essence as a poet-singer-songwriter. The interview can be heard and/or downloaded at Leonard Cohen: Bird On A Wire

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1974 Newspaper Ad For Premier Showing Of Bird On A Wire Documentary

This ad promotes Leonard Cohen – Bird On A Wire, Tony Palmer’s documentary of the 1972 Leonard Cohen Tour, was originally released on July 5, 1974, premiering on that date at London’s Rainbow Theatre.

Note: This Signs Of Leonard Cohen was originally posted Oct 3, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Listen To Leonard Cohen Live at Bryn Mawr Audience Recording (1975)


Leonard Cohen 1975

While the sound quality of this recording is suboptimal, the Nov 23, 1975 Leonard Cohen Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania concert offers several songs (or versions of songs) rarely found elsewhere (e.g., Je veux vivre Tout Seul, Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On. Guerrero, Misty Blue).

Leonard Cohen Live at Bryn Mawr
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva

1. Je Veux Vivre Tout Seul
2. So Long, Marianne
3. There Is A War
4. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
5. The Stranger Song
6. Guerrero
7. Diamonds In The Mine
8. Who By Fire
9. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On
10. Story Of Isaac
11. Famous Blue Raincoat
12. Came So Far From Her Beauty
13. Sisters Of Mercy
14. I Guess It’s Time (Early The Smokey Life)
15. The Traitor Song
16. Lover Lover Lover
17. Musician Intros
18. Is This What You Wanted
19. Misty Blue