Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Talk About The Favourite Game In 1963 CBC TV Interview

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Playing The Favourite Game: CBC Youth Special with Paddy Springate and Stuart Smith (1963)

Leonard Cohen takes on reviewers and Canadian modesty in this 10 minute discussion of his “third novel disguised as a first novel.” He denies the accusation that the work  is autobiographical and defends the honesty of his protagonist: “My book may be lousy but it’s true.”

Video: Leonard Cohen & The 1973 Yom Kippur War

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Note: A video of “Leonard Cohen Sings to Israeli Troops in the Yom Kipur War” has recently been posted to YouTube, but appears to be a segment of the video below.

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Video from אורי שפירא

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Linda Sturgess, who brought these videos to my attention. Note: Originally posted January 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Dance Me To The End Of Love At 1985 Elixir Festival, Guéhenno

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Jo Meul has tracked down another (partial) Leonard Cohen performance at the 1985 Elixir Festival in Guéhenno. The minute or so of Dance Me To The End Of Love includes good views of Leonard and his band, including Anjani Thomas on keyboards and vocals. There is another 30 entertaining seconds of scenes devoted to the audience at the 1985 Elixir Festival, perhaps the most incongruous of settings for a Leonard Cohen show. For more about Leonard’s appearance at this festival, see Leonard Cohen At 1985 Elixir Festival, Guéhenno With Video Of “Passing Through” Performance.

Leonard Cohen Performs Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye On Swiss TV 1976

76heyYesterday’s posting of Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976 prompted several viewers to alert me to another 1976 Leonard Cohen video from a French language broadcast. On July 1, 1976, Radio Television Suisse (RTS) broadcast Leonard Cohen performing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye soon after his June 25 concert opened the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival and has now offered the video online. The descriptive language at the RTS site is somewhat ambiguous, at least in translation (“For his fans and all those who enjoyed it, extract of this concert, 01.07.1976, broadcast in the show“), but the performance captured on this video does not appear to be the concert performance.

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976

loverloverAnd may the spirit of this song
May it rise up pure and free
May it be a shield for you
A shield against the enemy

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

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These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War

bkup56Jo Meul alerts us to a improved version of Leonard Cohen singing Lover Lover Lover on French TV in 1976. An already outstanding video, which has been available for some time, is now stellar: the annoying subtitles are gone and, more importantly, the length is more than doubled.  It’s a gem.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
With Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The 1976 Tour musicians follow:

  • Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
  • Sid McGinnes – guitar
  • Johnny Miller – bass
  • Fred Thaylor – keyboards
  • Luther Rix – drums

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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Must See Video: Leonard Cohen Performing In Paris – 1970

paris70Jo Meul alerts us to the online appearance of a video clip that is new to Jo & me, titled only “Leonard Cohen at Paris Olympia – 1970” featuring Leonard Cohen and his band playing portions of Partisan, Lady Midnight, & Tonight Will Be Fine.

Note: The images are reversed (unless Leonard & his band were showing off by playing left-handed)

Leonard Cohen:  Partisan, Lady Midnight, Tonight Will Be Fine
Olympia, Paris: May 12, 1970