Reports, Recordings From The 1970 Aix-en-Provence Show
This post is the continuation of Leonard Cohen At Another Other 1970 Festival – Aix-en-Provence (Part 1). While Part 1 of this post focused on the Aix-en-Provence Music Festival itself, this entry centers on Leonard Cohen’s August 2, 1970 appearance there.
As noted in an earlier post, Leonard Cohen & The Horse He Rode In On-Stage At The 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival,
the Aix-en-Provence Music Festival in general, and Leonard Cohen’s role in it specifically, were uniquely weird.
In addition to Leonard Cohen making his onstage entrance astride a white stallion,1 for example, he also reported having been shot at:
I think I was shot at once at a big festival in Aix-en-Provence. That was when the Maoists were very powerful in France and they resented the fact that they actually had to buy a ticket. A lot of them broke down the fence and came into the concert and I did notice one of the lights on the stage go out after a kind of crack that sounded like a gunshot. I don’t know. But they’re tough critics, the Maoists.2
On the other hand, when asked in the same interview, “What about the French generally? You have said you are French. How do they respond to you?” Cohen responded
- For a photo of and the story behind that equestrian event, see Leonard Cohen & The Horse He Rode In On-Stage At The 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival [↩]
- Leonard Cohen: Various Positions, Transcript of 1984 CBC interview by Robert Sward [↩]