Note: Originally posted March 23, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The Press Rediscovers Leonard Cohen
While the release of the Old Ideas album is itself, along with the 2012 Tour, one of the two major Leonard Cohen stories of 2012, the press coverage of the album and Cohen himself is a story unto itself. Cohencentric is posting a few examples to provide a sense of the quality of the content and the range of publications involved. Today’s featured periodical is MOJO.
MOJO’s Leonard Cohen Section
The March 2012 issue of MOJO featured a one on one interview of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons as the centerpiece of a 14 page feature on the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and icon. While the timing of the article was a function of the release of Old Ideas, the content ranged from Cohen’s early life to his connection with Zen teacher, Roshi to the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, to the Old Ideas album and beyond. A separate two page section focused on Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Cohen’s 1967 debut album. A tribute CD filled with covers of the tracks from the Songs of Leonard Cohen performed by Palace Songs, Low Anthem, Liz Green, Cass McCombs, and others completed the package.
MOJO incorporated art work and photos from Tour Road Manager J.S. Carenza III, biographer Sylvie Simmons, fans Mandy MacLeod and Beatriz Cohen, and one Allan Showalter at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.
“Leonard Cohen Hits Charts” To Become “King Of Pop”
Displayed above is the opening of Who’s King Of Pop Now? by Jesse Kornbluth, an op-ed that appeared in the February 12, 2012 New York Times Sunday Review. It is a noteworthy essay and well worth reading in whole.
While its date of publication prevented its inclusion in the list of Must-Read Leonard Cohen Posts And Resources, I am willing to make an exception and add Mr Kornbluth’s late entry to the must-read list because of its quality (i.e., his views are congruent with my own) and his immaculate taste in references.
The astute reader may notice the only link in this excerpt and, in fact, the only link in the piece, is the one in the following sentence:
And yet Mr. Cohen not only vaulted to the top of Amazon music last week …
Were one to click on that link – and Cohen willing, that will happen many, many times today – one would find oneself at a post titled, “Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits The Charts – And Why That Matters (Maybe),” which happens to reside on – yep, this very site.1
So, thanks Leonard, for releasing an album so popular that it got my site referenced by a hot-shot New York Times op-ed.2
The Press Rediscovers Leonard Cohen
While the release of the Old Ideas album is itself, along with the 2012 Tour, one of the two major Leonard Cohen stories of 2012, the press coverage of the album and Cohen himself is a story unto itself. Cohencentric is posting a few examples to provide a sense of the quality of the content and the range of publications involved. Today’s featured periodical is the New Yorker.
The New Yorker And Leonard Cohen
Long known for its publication of poetry, The New Yorker not only presents Leonard Cohen’s poem, “Going Home,” in its Jan 23, 2012 issue (on newsstands January 16th) but but also premieres the song, “Going Home,” streaming it from the magazine’s online site (posted Jan 13, 2012) – a first for the 86 year old institution.1
Note: To commemorate the New Yorker-Leonard Cohen love feast, Cohencentric offers special New Yorker cover art (atop this post), a graphic illustrating the Leonard Cohen-Eustace Tilley “Going Home” duet (above), and Cohenite View Of The World – A New Yorker Style Map Of Leonard Cohen Land Circa 2012, as well as the pertinent information.
New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, who has been listening to Cohen since 1967, said that he is “thrilled” that the periodical will be presenting Cohen’s work in this manner, characterizing it as another step taken in acknowledging the power and achievement of singer-songwriters. Muldoon goes on to say,
- To clarify, the “86 year old institution” is The New Yorker. Mr Cohen, on the other hand, is a “77 year old icon” and, in any case, has previously had his songs streamed. [↩]
According to the Jan 31, 2012 edition of dlaStudenta.pl,
To promote the new studio album of Leonard Cohen, Sony Music has organized an unusual contest.
In several Warsaw Empik Cohen – specifically, his cardboard likeness – was seated on the bench, referring to the album cover “Old Ideas,” and all those who until February 14 to address [email protected] send your photo with Leonard on that bench (not counting the technique or image quality, but an interesting idea), have a chance to win a full discography of the artist.
Leonard can be found from today for the first 2 weeks in the following stores Empik: Golden Terraces, Arcadia, Junior, Mokotów Gallery, Will Park, Auchan Piaseczno.
Of course, The Duchess and I flew to Warsaw to submit an entry, but we were inexplicably disqualified.