Leonard Cohen On Location: Los Angeles – “It’s a tough company town. Fortunately, I’m not in that world, so I just enjoy the climate.”

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From Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. Photo by SPBer – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at

Note: Originally posted November 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Suzanne “It was never about a particular woman…it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal”

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It was never about a particular woman. For me it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal, and my life wandering alone in those parts of Montreal that are now very beautifully done up and in those days, it was the waterfront. I used to wander around down there and I used to go to that church a lot.quotedown2

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Cohen Wore Earplugs to a Dylan Show? by Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s: June 12, 2008. Photo of Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, better known as the Church where “the sun pours down like honey, On our lady of the harbour.”  See Our Lady Of The Harbour – The Montreal Church Embedded In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne

Leonard Cohen On Location: “[L.A. is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it”

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[Los Angeles is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it. It’s a place that’s falling apart. Geologically, the ground is splitting. Socially it’s in ferment. And the fragmentation of the psyche can be examined very clearly there. quotedown2

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From Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993. Originally posted January 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Credit Due Department: By Robert A. Eplett – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, via Wikipedia Commons

Leonard Cohen On Location: The “Holy City” Of Montreal Vs The “Cultural Centre” Of Toronto

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Q: How does Toronto differ from Montreal in either respect for what you’re doing or attention given to it?

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Montreal to me is like Kyoto or Jerusalem… It’s a holy city, and they’re properly not concerned with this sort of secular expression. They have heavier things on their mind, like the destiny of their blood and things like that, you know. And Toronto is the cultural centre of the country — I suppose they don’t want to hear this in Edmonton — so it’s appropriate that I work here.quotedown2

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A Conversation With Leonard Cohen: May 1983, Interview | Aug 1983, Shades (Toronto), reprinted in Encountering Cohen: A Reminiscence on the Eve of a New World Tour by Steve Venright (Mondo Aug 15, 2008). No longer online; view at Google Books: Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters

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Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174. Originally posted May 22, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Location: “Los Angeles is the apocalyptic landscape, both geologically and socially”

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Los Angeles is the apocalyptic landscape, both geologically and socially. There you find a decay of the Western psyche, of that hierarchy of the soul.quotedown2

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From Life Of A Lady’s Man by Brian D. Johnson. Maclean’s: Dec 7, 1992. Originally posted July 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Note: Leonard Cohen observed the 1992 LA Riots up close and personal from his home:

I live about 8 minutes drive from South Central & the local shops were going up. My 7-11 grocery store went up, Goodman’s Music where I buy my musical supplies, Radio Shack, where I buy my electronics, they all went up. From my balcony I could see five great fires. The air was thick with cinders.1

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  1. Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 []