Leonard Cohen On The Positive Impact Of Business On Art

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There has always been a business element [to art]. It’s good. That’s why movies are the most interesting art form today. They involve the most money, and anybody that can master the form knows a lot about human life. That’s why poetry is the least interesting art form today, because you don’t have to enter the world to write it. There is no demand, so poetry is no longer a significant expression for most people.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On “Insight Into The Sexual Politics Of The Time” In Death Of A Ladies’ Man Lyrics

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I think this [‘The last time that I saw him he was trying hard to get / A woman’s education but he’s not a woman yet’] was quite an insight into the sexual politics of the time, where we started to hear about or see a kind of feminised man. Or a man who could appreciate the woman’s position or could affirm the feminine aspects of his own nature. But despite being filled with good intentions, I am not one who believes in any kind of movement. Maybe it’s just my nasty, cantankerous, argumentative nature, but there is something about these ‘self-improvement’ rackets that turn me off. Like a concept of the ‘feminised’ man – because it suggested that we are going to transcend the dualistic and conflicting nature of life…quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Cohen On His Preference For “Art That Comes From Under The Bridge”

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I like art that comes from under the bridge. Everything is going on on top of the bridge: the clashes, the declarations, the manifestos, the splits, the alliances, the betrayals—and a couple of guys are lying under the bridge trying to recover from a hangover. They look up from time to time. They can hear it. But I like that view—right under the bridge.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, quoted in Unful’phil’ed: Cohen & Spector’s Looney Tunes by Hugh Seidman. Crawdaddy: Feb 1978. Found by Jugurtha Harchaoui.

Note: Originally posted Sept 26, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Why Leonard Cohen “warmed up to pop art right away”

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I saw pop art the same way I saw everything else: there was an effort to personalize art, to do away with academic art. Pop art was derived from our present culture, our canned goods, our comic strips. I warmed up to pop art right away because I wanted our art to speak of us, just as I wanted our music to speak of us. Everything was going in that direction; that was part of the excitement. We sensed that there was beauty, dignity, a significance in things that so much of the world found vulgar or infantile. Not at all, it was our world, why not celebrate it?quotedown2

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Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992)

Note: Originally posted January 17, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Any artist who remains true to himself becomes a work of art himself” Leonard Cohen

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This sounds like the most hackneyed 19th-century platitude, but in the midst of my own tiny personal troubles, I turned to the thing I knew how to do and I made songs out of it, and in the making of those songs, much of the pain was dissolved. That is one of the things that art does, is that it heals. A man who makes those choices in his own life is often more beautiful than his works. Any artist who remains true to himself becomes a work of art himself, because that is one of the most difficult things to do. If someone does have that vocation, and diligently applies himself to the exigencies that arise, he will lose a great deal but he will have created his own character.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Remembering the Life and Legacy of the Poet of Brokenness by Mikal Gilmore (Rolling Stone: 30 November 2016) The entire article – an excellent read – is available at the link.

Leonard Cohen: “We’re drawn to the truth”

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We’re drawn to the truth. We’re drawn to the truth when we hear it and when we see it. We’re hungry for the truth. We’re always surprised because the truth manifests itself in so many different ways and in so many different forms. You can hear it for a moment from your friend, you can hear it from your wife, you can hear it from your children. You can hear it for a moment in a song on the radio. It is so precious when you hear it that you are immediately drawn to it. So I tend to be wary of confining this expression of truth to one kind of activity, one kind of artistic activity.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: A Portrait in First Person, first broadcast on CBC in 1988.

Note: Originally posted July 1, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric