I was devastated. You know, God gave me a strong inner core, so I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.
A ‘Devastated’ Leonard Cohen by Katherine Macklem (Maclean’s: August 17, 2005). Note: Originally posted February 1, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
In the late ’60s you were in a community of folk singers who played together, sang each other’s songs – And everybody went for the money. Everybody. The thing died very, very quickly; the merchants took over. Nobody resisted. My purity is based on the fact that nobody offered me much money.
From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Originally posted August 10, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I am grateful to my friends in Oslo for the opportunity to showcase my doodles. I hope no one will feel obligated to buy anything.
Leonard Cohen quoted in an Cohen i stort format i Oslo (Osloby : Aug 9, 2011), an article about the August 13, 2011 opening of an exhibition of his art at a gallery in Oslo.
Note: Originally posted August 10, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Though it looks bleak right now, the [music business] works in such a way that a creative genius will always have enough power to burst all existing moorings. You cannot suppress the soul or confine a heart forever.
From Leonard Cohens store comeback by Leif Gjerstad (LeffesLab: Jan 12, 2015) Translated from German to English by Google Translate and other online translation processes. Interview originally published in February 1985 in several newspapers, including Bergens Tidende and Ny Tid)
It seems like the height of folly to decide to solve your economic problems by becoming a singer. But I’d always played guitar, and I’d always sung. And I’d played in a country-western band, in Montreal… I came down to New York, and I didn’t have very much success in getting the ear of anyone. I visited some agents and they’d say, ‘Turn around, kid… let’s have a look at you. Aren’t you a little too old for this game?’ I was 32 at the time. I think I was eating very little; I was about 116 pounds…and going to all the clubs, and listening and playing and writing. Just the ordinary cliche of a young writer in New York.
Tom Hawking has posted quotations from “20 Brilliant Musicians on Why They Make Music” at Flavorwire (Oct 11, 2012). The original sources of the quotations are also provided, although they are easy to miss (hint: look for the “[via]” at the bottom of the text). Leonard Cohen’s explanation is from a Elizabeth Bacon-Smith transcription of the audio tape of a September 20, 1986 BBC interview –The John Hammond Years at LeonardCohenFiles. Other artists in the article include Tom Waits, David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave, and Patti Smith.
Note: Originally posted October 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric