Signs Of Leonard Cohen: “Outlaw Poet At UCLA” – 1970

outlawpoetmarked-scaled1000The anticipated November 14, 1970  appearance of “Leonard Cohen: Outlaw Poet At UCLA”1 warranted a PR photo as well as a descriptive announcement in the November 13, 1970 Highlights Of Week End Entertainment In The Southland section of The Valley News (Van Nuys, California).

Leonard Cohen Adds Music To Poems

The brief blurb about the concert, marked in red  in the above image and enlarged below for easier reading, explains that “Leonard Cohen noted for darkly romantic poetry has added music to his poems.”

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Note: Originally posted Jul 25, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. For a personal report on the 1970 UCLA show, see The 1970 Leonard Cohen Champagne & Crazy Guy Concert At UCLA: A First-Hand Account []

Signs of Leonard Cohen: Leonard Cohen “Manchild” Concert Poster – Madison 1970

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The Leonard Cohen “Manchild” Concert Poster is my nominee for Most Arresting Leonard Cohen Concert Poster. It advertises the 1970  Bring The Troops Home Homecoming at the University Of Wisconsin (of course. Which other university would hold a Bring The Troops Home Homecoming?).  A personal account of that show can be found at The 1970 Leonard Cohen University of Wisconsin-Madison Concert, The Anti-War Movement, & Joe Way

The “manchild” line is a quote from Leonard Cohen By William Kloman, New York Times, January 28, 1968:

Leonard Cohen, at 33, is a man-child of our time. A poet-novelist-composer-singer (this is the age of the hyphenate, a sign, some say, that a renaissance is afoot), Cohen has a solid reputation among the young people of his native Canada, where his poems are used by lovers.

Note: Originally posted November 20, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

France-Soir’s Assessment Of Leonard Cohen’s 1970 Paris Concert

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Two hours and a quarter of folk song is ordinarily a bit long. Last night it was much too short. Ironic, sometimes even scornful, Leonard Cohen draws us successfully into the sadness of ‘The Stranger,’ of ‘Suzanne,’ and of ‘The Partisan.’quotedown2


 

From the France-Soir review of Leonard Cohen’s 1970 Paris concert, quoted in Leonard Cohen Scores In Paris by Tim Creery. Montreal Gazette: May 14, 1970

France-Soir was a French daily newspaper that prospered during the 1950s and 1960s, reaching a circulation of 1.5 million in the 1950s.

Note: Originally posted Oct 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Responds To Negative Review (1970): “I’ve got a bunch of big guys in my band who would love nothing more than to take you into an alley.”

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Now, in 1970, I was faced with reviewing his [Leonard Cohen’s] Place des Arts debut. He had developed an intense cult following, fans hugging the front of the stage, hanging on every precious word. He droned on and on, backed by a country band’s somnolent slip-slidin’ twangs. He bored me stiff. I wrote that I had a vision of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans galloping down the aisles to liven things up. The next day, Cohen demanded a showdown at a Crescent St. bar. “That review was alley talk,” he fumed. “I’ve got a bunch of big guys in my band who would love nothing more than to take you into an alley.” (The band was dubbed the Army.) Three years later, at Théâtre St. Denis, he asked, “What do you have to do to get a good review in this town?” (He later confided that his mother worried he was doing something wrong.)quotedown2

 

 

From Juan Rodriguez’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Life – Week 4: A critic must die by Juan Rodriguez. Montreal Gazette: Feb 8, 2013

Recommended Reading

The first several paragraphs of this article deal with music critic, Juan Rodriguez’s experiences with Leonard Cohen, which ranged from the – uh, sharing of differing viewpoints described above to discussing Phil Spector over cognac and kosher pickles to Cohen supporting Rodriguez’s application for a Canada Council grant and lending personal support to his romantic quest. It’s an entertaining read that can be accessed at Juan Rodriguez’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Life – Week 4: A critic must die

Note: Originally posted Feb 9, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

France-Soir on 1970 Leonard Cohen Paris Concert

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Leonard Cohen has put all of himself into his songs, and succeeded in making us accept the marriage of Joan of Arc and the Sisters of Mercy, as well as deeper themes of freedom and nostalgic loves, with simple and touching words.quotedown2


 

Quoted in Leonard Cohen Scores In Paris by Tim Creery. Montreal Gazette: May 14, 1970.1

France-Soir was a French daily newspaper that prospered during the 1950s and 1960s, reaching a circulation of 1.5 million in the 1950s.

Note: Originally posted Sept 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Wikipedia []

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1973 A Cause Du Pop Movie Poster Featuring Leonard Cohen (Playing Left-handed)

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Poster for A Cause Du Pop (aka Guitare Au Poing), the 1973 French film about the 1970 Aix en Provence music festival, which features Leonard Cohen’s Aug 2 performance. It has long been unavailable (although rumors of that it will imminently be made accessible have cropped up sporadically for at least the last five years), making this documentary a much sought after property by fans of Cohen, Johnny Winter, Mungo Jerry, and other artists who performed at the festival.

From Leonard Cohen Video Database

“A Cause du Pop” Movie commercially released under the name “Guitare au poing” Year 1976, France. Movie relating the 1970 festival of Aix-En-Provence (France) consisting of stock-shots from news broadcastings. Leonard sung along with many artists like Johnny Winter, Mungo Jerry, Pete Brown, Colosseum, Titanic, Rare Bird, Triangle, Dynastic crisis, Trader Horn, Chico (now Chico Magnetic Band), Wallace collection, Majority One, Rada Krishna. Production: SEDIMO, Astra Paris Films. Dialogues: Jacques Higelin and Küelan Hercé.Directed by Daniel Szuster. Note also that the French Radio Network “France-Inter” broadcasted the songs on air (unavailable, otherwise illegal).

Note: This is the only reference I find placing the film’s release in 1976. All other sources list 1972 or 1973. IMDb has the release date as June 22, 1973.

From the eBay sales description:

Original synopsis issued by the studio when the film was released and meant for theatrical display.

Note: Originally posted October 29, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric