Poster for May 4, 1970 Leonard Cohen show at the Musikhalle i Hamburg Germany. Note the inset showing photo from the back of the Songs From A Room album (released 1969)
Jo 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
Interviewer: “You did a concert in Connecticut and you walked out in this long trench coat and jeans and said ”I left my suit home in honor of this occasion’”
Leonard Cohen: “That was my first concert ever. I remember it. It was Hartford, Connecticut. You’re right. The trench coat and everything.”
Less than two weeks after posting the above photo, one of four included at Historic Images: Only Known Photos From Hartford Concert That Opened 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour, I serendipitously discovered this reference to that occasion. The quote is from Life On The Ledge With Leonard Cohen by Jon Marlowe. The Miami News: Nov 9, 1977
Note: Originally posted Sept 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Lorraine Sexton’s Friend Gets Grief From His Girlfriend, Signs Autographs Nonetheless
Leonard Cohen signed these autographs for Lorraine Sexton on July 15, 1993 while standing in the street in Glenside PA1 before his concert at Keswick Theatre (part of the “Future Tour). Lorraine reports what took place:
He was with Rebecca De Mornay,2 who was much annoyed that he was spending time with fans. When I asked him to sign his poetry books and Future CD, she said
Leonard doesn’t have time…he hasn’t eaten yet and has to perform in an hour.
He kindly replied that he had time to do this for his ‘”friend” and was amazed I had brought his old poetry books, such as Energy of Slaves. I asked him to pick his favorite and he said he would sign all of them! (see photos above)
I even asked if I could shake his hand…just to touch him.
Lorraine’s And Leonard’s Shared Memory
I told him that the first time I saw him was in early 70’s in Bryn Mawr PA, at Main Point Cafe, a small venue with maybe 100 seats, and he remembered the place. Just him, his guitar, and two backup singers. Heaven.
The Main Point
Lorraine on The Main Point:
Lots of performers got their start there.3 I saw Leonard Cohen there twice or three times. It was small store where you bought fresh baked goods and went through a curtain into big room to sit at old fashioned wooden school desks with the stage was right in front of you. I could have reached out and touched him. He was so humble and kind. I fell in love with him when I saw Songs Of Love And Hate at the store and bought it because of the album cover and notes. That was all it took to get me hooked for life.
For more about the Main Point, see Remembering the Main Point, 1964 – 1981
Back To Glenside
Rebecca held onto him as if he were gold that night. I knew immediately it was her, knowing he was seeing her. I think she was pissed because the fans – and there really weren’t that many, I was maybe the third or fourth to approach him – didn’t pay any attention to her. This was not too long after she made “The Hand That Rocked The Cradle.” After they continued walking down the street, I met the guy I was going to the concert with. As we walked past a Chinese restaurant…..there was Leonard Cohen and & Rebecca De Mornay having dinner.
Note: Originally posted Jan 13, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- Glenside is a suburb of Philadelphia [↩]
- At the time, Leonard Cohenand Rebecca De Mornay were dating. Cohen, in fact, has reported that this, among all of his relationships, was the one that brought him a closest to taking wedding vows. For more information, see Picture Leonard Cohen With Rebecca De Mornay [↩]
- Performers included Springsteen, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Son House, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, Velvet Underground, … See long, long list at Main Point Performers [↩]
From ‘Don’t Pass Me By,” Sings Cohen, But The World Passes Him by Mike Collins. Leeds University Union News: June 26, 1970.
Note: Originally posted March 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Peter Torbijn of the Netherlands spotted these images from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival Program at a sale site. Leonard Cohen performed at the Festival on August 30, 1970.