Hear Ron Sexsmith Talk About Leonard Cohen’s Songwriting, Guitar Playing, & Influence

Ron Sexsmith also talks about his 2006 Toronto performance with Leonard. See

The section about Leonard Cohen begins at 1:08:25

Thanks to Harold Lepidus. who alerted me to this podcast.

Audience Member, while Leonard Cohen tunes guitar: “Good enough for folk music” Leonard Cohen: “Yeah, but not good enough for eternity” (1976)

With his back to just over a hundred fans who filled Nashville’s Exit-In, Leonard paused for the third time to tune his guitar. A drunken voice blurted from the darkness, ‘Good enough for folk music!’ A few patrons chuckled. Leonard made a final adjustment, then casually turned to respond, ‘Yeah, but not good enough for eternity.’ He smiled his sardonic best and the adoring crowd filled the small room with laughter. Leonard was back, and we lucky few were there with him.quotedown2


From Leonard Lately – A Leonard Cohen interview-article by Bill Conrad.  Posted May 7, 2012 at No Depression. Note: Although not published until 2012, the article is based on an interview that took place in autumn 1976. Originally posted June 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Complete April 11, 1972 Leonard Cohen Munich Concert + The Munich Poster Mystery

Note: While the poster used in the video (see below) does promote a 1972 Leonard Cohen concert at Circus Krone in Munich, it doesn’t promote an April 11, 1972 show. Note the dates at the left top corner. For more information, see The Leonard Cohen Munich Concert Poster Mystery.



1. So Long, Marianne
2. Bird On The Wire
3. You Know Who I Am
4. Lady Midnight
5. Joan Of Arc
6. The Stranger Song – solo
7. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
8. Tonight Will Be Fine
9. The Partisan (aborted)
9a. I Always Sing Alone (improvisation)
9b. The Partisan (continued, Take 2)
10. Sing Another Song, Boys
11. Famous Blue Raincoat
12. Take The Girls Down (improvisation)
13. Story Of Isaac
14. Chelsea Hotel [#1]
15. Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
16. Passin’ Through
17. Short Improvisation / Sisters Of Mercy
18. Avalanche – solo
19. Kevin Barry
20. Suzanne
21. As Time Goes By
22. Sing Another Song, Boys
23. Bird On The Wire

The Multiple (And Confusing) Recording Formats & Promotions Of Leonard Cohen’s 1988 I’m Your Man

Leonard Cohen Ad Reflects Competing Recording Formats & Diffuse Promotion Strategy

When I couldn’t determine the product that was being promoted by the advertisement from New Musical Express (January 30, 1988) shown below, I asked Dominique BOILE, who had contributed the ad. What I learned comprises today’s post.

My confusion arose from the mix of recordings listed on the ad: “First We Take Manhattan,” “Bird On The Wire,” “Sisters Of Mercy,” and “Suzanne.” The only commonality I could see was that all those were tracks on the Best of Leonard Cohen album, but that came out in 1975 so New Musical Express wouldn’t be carrying an ad for that in 1988. And I had no clue about the multiplicity of formats listed.

In his response, Dominique directed me to two reference numbers, one of either side of “CBS” at the bottom of the ad:651352 7 and 65132 6 (note: this second number is a misprint on the original ad; the correct reference number is 651352 6).

Then, he explained that the ad was promoting Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man” album that would be released in February 1988 by pushing CBS 651352 7, aka the 7″ vinyl version of “First We Take Manhattan” taken from the forthcoming LP / Cassette / CD  “I’m Your Man.”

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