Leonard Cohen differentiates his songwriting from Bob Dylan’s

When Cohen moved to New York to become a singer in 1966, he told fellow songwriter Jackson Browne that although he loved Bob Dylan …

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Dylan wrote really long lines, and I want to write really short lines.

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The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012.

Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

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Originally posted Aug 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The 10-15 Minute Revolution Of The 60s And The Relationship Of Art & Commerce

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What we called the revolution of the 60s was also 10 or 15 minutes, and then it was taken over immediately by the head shops and the hustlers and the money makers … it’s also not written anywhere that commerce is an enemy of revolution or an enemy of art. In fact, art and commerce have always been indistinguishable.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)

Leonard Cohen Wants To “Hear People Who Can’t Sing”

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All those guys that I listen to, you know – from Lead Belly to Dylan to Ice-T, you know they had something in their voice that tells me about their lives, about their true story. I like to hear a guy’s story. … I want to hear people who can’t sing.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)

Leonard Cohen credits self-confidence to Bob Johnston

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I used to be petrified with the idea of going on the road and presenting my work. I often felt that the risks of humiliation were too wide. But with the help of my last producer, Bob Johnston, I gained the self-confidence I felt was necessary. My music now is much more highly refined.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen quote is from Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker:1 March 1975.

Leonard Cohen on Marianne: “I thought she was a simple milkmaid but I discovered she was the Imperial …”

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Marianne In Hydra – Photo By Leonard Cohen

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I thought she was a simple milkmaid but I discovered she was the Imperial Majesty of the Black Forest or a Snow Queen – something out of the North, made of crystals and darkness. Aside from all those mystical things, she’s a very good housekeeper.quotedown2

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From Poet Writer Singer Lover Cohen by Paul Grescoe. Canadian Magazine: February 10, 1968. Originally posted April 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones “The bread and wine of the pop groups” (1974)

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I met Mick Jagger once in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and he said, ‘Are you in New York for a poetry reading?’ There’s some of their songs I like very much. I think it’s wonderful the phenomenon of the Rolling Stones – the figure of Mick Jagger. They are the bread and wine of the pop groups. I was a little bit older than other people when I came into contact with these figures, and I’d already had my mind blown by older and much more outrageous people that I’d met in my youth, so I wasn’t about to succumb to the kind of fever that they produce in younger people. But I’ve always admired them from the slightly humourous point of view. I never did seriously ask myself if Mick Jagger was the Devil. But I think as figures they’re mighty interesting.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interview: September 15, 1974 by Robin Pike (ZigZag, Oct 1974)

Also see Leonard Cohen on Mick Jagger In 1993 “He’s saying something that is heavy & beautiful, and he’s saying it beautifully”