Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Chelsea Hotel #2 – Rotterdam 2013


I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel
You were famous, your heart was a legend
You told me again you preferred handsome men
But for me you would make an exception

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
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Note: Originally posted Sept 29, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Born In Chains – Las Vegas 2010

I was born in chains but I was taken out of Egypt
I was bound to a burden, but the burden it was raised
Lord I can no longer keep this secret
Blessed is the name, the name be praised

Born In Chains – The 2010 Las Vegas Rendition

“Born In Chains” was first performed in concert by Leonard Cohen at the July 27, 2010 Salzburg, Austria show and immediately captured a wide following among Cohen fans. It underwent many changes in its lyrics and its arrangement through the final months of the Tour.

The version performed on Dec 11, 2010 in Las Vegas is notable for the prominent roles played by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters.

Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Las Vegas – Dec 11, 2010

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Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen waving his hat to the audience is from Notes From The Road.  The photo of Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen is a screen capture from the featured video. Originally posted Aug 2, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Origin Of Suzanne – The CBC Video Vs Leonard Cohen’s Account

This CBC video about Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Verdal, and the song “Suzanne” does offer photos of Suzanne from the 1960s that are otherwise unavailable online and would alone justify a viewing.  The video’s focus, however, certainly varies with Leonard’s own account, and its information is, at best incomplete.

There is also a potentially (and unintentionally) misleading section. The sequence beginning with the frame below carries the legend “early ’60s” but the video clip appears to be an excerpt from the ARTE documentary “Girls in Pop Songs” shot in 2011 (see Video: Suzanne Verdal Talks About Leonard Cohen & The Song He Wrote About Her).

The screen capture below is from the same video clip and shows Suzanne Verdal in 2011 rather than in a time contemporaneous with the writing of “Suzanne.”

Made In Canada: Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne’

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Amen – Ghent 2012

Tell me again
When I’ve been to the river
And I’ve taken the edge off my thirst
Tell me again
We’re alone & I’m listening
I’m listening so hard that it hurts
Tell me again
When I’m clean and I’m sober
Tell me again
When I’ve seen through the horror
Tell me again
Tell me over and over
Tell me you want me then

Amen is a track from Cohen’s new album, Old Ideas.  The 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour is what is conventionally called “a tour in support of the new album.” Given the shift in the economic model of music industry, a more accurate phrasing might well be “an album issued in support of the forthcoming tour.” Regardless, I am surprised to find myself much more appreciative of this song after watching a recording of a live performance than when I simply heard it on my iPhone.

Leonard Cohen – Amen
Ghent: Aug 14, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Sylvie Simmons Reads From, Talks About Her Leonard Cohen Bio “I’m Your Man”

Sylvie Simmons appears on  the Oct 15, 2012 edition of the Manhattan Neighborhood Network “Revolting News,” reading the description of a young Leonard Cohen hypnotizing  the family maid from her biography of the Canadian singer-songwriter, talking about the individuals she interviewed for the book, and singing “Famous Blue Raincoat.”

Also included are

  • A show and tell with old photos of Leonard Cohen and his family (such as the shot of Leonard and his mother in the above screen capture)
  • A more complete listing of individuals from Leonard Cohen’s past Sylvie interviewed and the stories they told her
  • Anecdotes about Leonard Cohen featuring Bob Dylan  Rebecca De Mornay, and others
  • A discussion of Leonard Cohen’s habit of fasting
  • His mother’s advice to him
  • Cohen’s post-Mt Baldy experience with his Indian guru
  • Insight into Sylvie Simmons’ methodology into writing the biography (e.g., allowing interviewees to rescind any portions comments about which they were uncomfortable)

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Comments From Original Post

  • Matthew John Davies Awesome. My copy is residing on the shelf waiting for that chance to indulge.
  • Scott
    Thanks Leonard for this wonderful video.Biography is quite interesting . I really enjoy it while i am reading it.
    Granger Whitelaw

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric