Autograph Three Years In The Making
Just over a year ago [at time of original posting], 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric published Unusual Surfaces Autographed By Leonard Cohen, an annotated list of atypical items Leonard Cohen has signed on the owner’s request: a license tag, a pink iPhone case, the inside of a fedora, seafood, a t-shirt concurrently worn by a young woman … While I only recently discovered today’s addition to this list, a sweater belonging to Denise Knowles, Leonard scribbled his name on that garment over twenty years ago – and the initiating event that led to the Leonard Cohen monicker being thus affixed took place three years before that.
Oh, and that sweater signature came with a marriage proposal uttered with witnesses present by the Poet Laureate Of Commitophobes.1
Denise Knowles explains:
The story actually begins in 1970, when an old boyfriend played an LP of Songs of Leonard Cohen. I just fell for Leonard’s voice, and the rest is history.
In 1990, I paid a visit to a very good friend of mine. It turned out that her fiancé’s sister, who was there when I visited, worked in promotions at SONY. After I brought up that CBS-SONY was Leonard Cohen’s record label, she told me that if Cohen toured again … she would get me tickets.
I knew better than to count on a promise made three years earlier by the sister of a fiancé of a friend, so when I discovered Leonard Cohen would be playing at Royal Albert Hall on the 10th May 1993, I purchased my own ticket for the show.
Then, lo and behold, three days before the show, the Gold Ticket arrived.
My friend Janet [on left in photo atop this post] and I watched the concert from Box 025 with food and drink served throughout the performance. (If I had used the ticket I bought myself I would have been in seat 127 row Z1.)
At the start of the encore, the woman who had arranged the box tickets told me I would also be going to the Elgar Room for after-concert drinks.
I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
But it got even better.