“I did a tour of Poland before the Solidarity government …I discovered that Poland was probably my largest audience in the world. Unfortunately, they paid me in zlotys, which were…not transferable.” Leonard Cohen

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I did a tour of Poland before the solidarity government was established. I discovered that Poland was probably my largest audience in the world. Unfortunately, they paid me in zlotys, which were, as you know, not transferable. At times when my so-called career in the West almost evaporated in most places, there was always this following in Poland and Eastern Europe. I don’t know why. My great-grandfather came from Wylkowyski, which was part of Poland at the time. I was very pleased to be able to say that I came from Poland, although they really didn’t think of me as Polish.quotedown2

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Jewish Book News Interview With Leonard Cohen By Arthur Kurzweil And Pamela Roth: 1994. Poster contributed by jeremek. Photo of cash credit to piviso.com. Originally posted July 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric,

 

“Scandinavia’s always been hospitable to me, It’s the gloominess that is savored in these cultures. Or perhaps it’s just all that herring my mother fed me” Leonard Cohen

scandFrom Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993. Scandinavian map by 000peter – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons, Originally posted Jan 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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Leonard Cohen On Location: Los Angeles “It’s so desperate here that it’s really not bad at all”

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It’s so desperate here that it’s really not bad at all. And, besides, this is the only city in the world where I’ve ever written a song while sitting in a driveway in a parked car.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, quoted in What Happened When Phil Spector Met Leonard Cohen? By Harvey Kubernik (The Los Angeles Phonograph, January 1978). Originally posted July 5, 2012 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 []

Leonard Cohen To 1993 Finnish Audience: “A documentary…indicated that you were solemn and melanholy and depressed. And I come here to cheer myself up!”

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Oh, thank you so much for your warm reception and thank you for coming tonight. I appreciate it. I know that times are hard and ticket prices are high and … I appreciate you’re in here. Many of the places that we go to we bring them our bad news, but we don’t have to bring you the bad news, ’cause you know the bad news already. And the whole history of your country is knowing the bad news. In America, there was recently a documentary on your people in which it was indicated that you were solemn and melancholy and depressed. And I come here to cheer myself up!
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Introduction to The Future at April 29, 1993 Helsinki concert transcribed from bootleg. See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at

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