The Hats Of Leonard Cohen
Cohencentric has featured Leonard Cohen wearing fedoras, caps, berets, cowboy hats, a kufi, and even a laurel wreath. The recent spate of articles about the Canadian singer-songwriter has now revealed two new caps of his. (Note: The images shown below are examples of the caps described and may or may not be specific ;versions of these caps owned by Mr Cohen.)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Baseball Cap
The  Edmonton concert was superb, the audience delirious with tears of happiness. After, the woman who was to become my wife and two female friends rushed to the backstage exit, hoping to say a few words to the master before he boarded his tour bus, to press the flesh, however briefly. Eventually, Cohen did show, surrounded by roadies and security personnel. It was cold and I remember him being bundled up, a Lynyrd Skynyrd baseball cap on his head. Not knowing what to say, I blurted out how great the concert had been and hey, we met four years ago, remember? “Beautiful, man,” was the reply.
From Leonard Cohen pulled people into his universe and made it hard to let go by James Adams (The Globe and Mail: Nov. 11, 2016)
National Rifle Association Hat
We left the pizza parlor, turned the corner, and who should be sitting at a table outside a burger restaurant but Jikan Leonard Cohen himself. He had an office nearby, and we spent the afternoon brainstorming about how to revitalize the monastery now that our teacher was dead. “What if you put in a rifle range and get a bunch of young guys up there?” Jikan said. “Man, if I were 15 minutes younger, I’d join you.” Yes, rifles. For all the self-satisfied liberals who want to claim him as one of their own, I’m sorry, but Leonard Cohen belongs to everyone. Once, when we were waiting in the lobby at the doctor’s office, he said: “My National Rifle Association hat came in the mail today. I looked at the tag. I couldn’t believe it: Made in China!” After I rearranged my jaw on my face from its descent to the floor, I said, “You’re an N.R.A. member?” He kept staring straight ahead. “Let’s keep that between us,” he said.
From Ode to Leonard Cohen, From a Fellow Zen Monk by Shozan Jack Haubner (New York Times: Dec. 6, 2016)
That Leonard Cohen attested to purchasing a NRA hat (and presumably belonging to that organization) has caused consternation and even disbelief among some fans. The NRA link is, however, less surprising upon considering Leonard’s long history of owning, shooting, and writing about guns. I refer readers to the Cohencentric series of posts: Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen. which lists several specific pistols and rifles used by the Lord Byron Of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The opening lines follow:
Guns have been a recurrent motif in Leonard Cohen’s work and life. He was deeply effected by his father’s pistol, a marker of his service in World War I, Phil Spector threatened him with a handgun, he has owned a number of guns, and he has alluded to firearms in his poetry, novels, and songs. As is true with most subjects that arise in Cohen’s interviews, he has been forthcoming about his experience with and thoughts about guns, discussing the matter without braggadocio (no one is likely to confuse his views with those of, say, Ted Nugent) or apology.