“It’s enough to put a dent in one’s mood, isn’t it?” Leonard Cohen talks about being bilked out of his savings (2006)

I’ve been used as a cautionary tale. It’s enough to put a dent in one’s mood, isn’t it? I pay very little attention to business: I mean, I didn’t know where the bank was. I’d never been to the bank. So over the course of my career I’ve lost a great deal of my assets just by … well, I didn’t listen to my mother and that’s why all this happened. When I left Montreal and moved to New York my mother said, ‘Be careful, Leonard, those people are not like us.’ And Mother was right! But the lawsuit did confine me to barracks, so to speak; I don’t want to produce a response like ‘Every cloud has a silver lining,’ but it has, coincidentally or deliberately, produced a lot of good work.quotedown2

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From Idol Chatter column by Brantley Bardin in Premiere magazine (June 2006). Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Recouping His Pilfered Funds: “I did the only thing I know how to do, which is sing songs and wash dishes. Well, there’s no money in dishes.”


Quotation from Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

“I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.” Leonard Cohen On The Loss Of His $5M Retirement Fund

I was devastated. You know, God gave me a strong inner core, so I wasn’t shattered. But I was deeply concerned.quotedown2

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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

Leonard Cohen explains how he maintained his purity when other folk singers “went for the money”

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.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Originally posted August 10, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Economist Names Leonard Cohen “A Man For Our Times” – Feb 25, 2012


It’s All About The Leonards

You gotta love it. In 2004, Leonard Cohen appeared to have capped a career of – well, let’s go with “suboptimal money management” – with a fiscal catastrophe: the misappropriation of his $5 million retirement fund by his longtime manager, leaving Cohen with only $150,000.1 This earned him much attention from the press, generating stories characterized by the cover of the August 22, 2005 Maclean’s, which paired his photo with the single-word title, “Devastated.”

macl-cover1tCut to today [date of original posting: Feb 24, 2012]. Last month, Leonard Cohen was nominated by the soberly astute Financial Times for “the job of post-financial crisis elderly sage,”2 going on to observe

As taken aback by his success as the rest of us, Cohen wasn’t trying to be the top dog. Mid-life-crisis proof, he wasn’t even trying to be cool. He was just trying to act his age.3

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  2. See heading, “Leonard Cohen In The Financial Times” at Must-Read Leonard Cohen Posts And Resources []
  3. Bow Down Before The Sage From Mt Baldy by Gautam Malkani. The Financial Times, January 27, 2012 [free registration required at the site] []

Leonard Cohen, An Artist? Indeed – Leonard Cohen, A Salesman? Not So Much

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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.quotedown2

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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