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.