“The thing I liked about [the PEN Award] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

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The thing I liked about [the PEN New England award for literary excellence in song lyrics] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry. ‘Roll over Beethoven / Tell Tchaikovsky the news’… I’d like to write a line like thatquotedown2

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The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012. Chuck Berry photo by Michael Borkson – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted Aug 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

More about the 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award won by Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry at PEN Awards.

Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

“If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”Leonard Cohen

Chuck Berry, a founding member of rock & roll who enriched culture with such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday. He and Leonard Cohen were the first two recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award in 2012. At that time, Leonard declared “If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there’d be no room for any of us.”

More about Chuck Berry at Chuck Berry 1926-2017: “The only true king of rock’n’roll” by Julia Rampen (NewStatesman: 18 March 2017)

Video: Complete 2012 PEN Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony: Leonard Cohen & Chuck Berry

penawardThis video of the entire 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award automatically begins with Salman Rushdie’s introduction of Leonard Cohen, “At The Level Of The Line,”  which is followed by Shawn Colvin singing Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing,” the Rusdie-Cohen kissing, and Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech.

PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award – John F Kennedy Library, February  26, 2012 (Uploaded by Maarten Massa)

Note: Originally posted February 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Bob Dylan Congratulates PEN Lyrics Award Winners Chuck Berry “Shakespeare Of Rock And Roll” & Leonard Cohen “Kafka Of The Blues”

To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your PEN award, that’s what too much monkey business will get ya . . . Say hello to Mr. Leonard, Kafka of the blues, and Lord Byron Keith [Richards] if he shows up. In all seriousness, Chuck, congratulations on this prestigious honor. You have indeed written the book with a capital B, and congratulations to Leonard, who’s still writing it

Bob Dylan writing on the occasion of the 26 February 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony

Note: “Too Much Monkey business” refers to Berry’s song of the same name.

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

\Note: Originally posted Feb 27, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Keith Richards & Paul Simon Pay Tribute To PEN Award Winners Chuck Berry & Leonard Cohen – 2012

 

Chuck Berry & Leonard Cohen were the recipients of the first annual PEN Awards for Songwriting Excellence at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Feb 26, 2012

Photos, Videos, Audio Of Leonard Cohen PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award

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  • This Post: Above: A happy Leonard Cohen accepts the first  PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award Ceremony. Below: Shawn Colvin performs Leonard Cohen’s “Come Healing.” Both photos by Taylor Hill.
  • Videos:
    • Update: Maarten Massa has uploaded a video of the complete program:

Bonus: Who Was There, Who Sent Messages

  • Notables Present At The Ceremony included
    • Leonard Cohen
    • Chuck Berry
    • Salman Rushdie
    • Paul Simon
    • Caroline Kennedy
    • Al Kooper
    • Keith Richards
    • Elvis Costello
    • Shawn Colvin
    • Tom Perrotta
    • Bill Flanagan
    • Peter Wolf
    • Asa Brebner
    • Peter Guralnick
  • Notables MIA included
    • Bono1
    • Roseanne Cash2
    • Bob Dylan3

Credit Due Department: Photo by Michael Borkson. Used under Creative Commons license. Found at Wikipedia Commons.

  1. Writing songs in South America []
  2. Celebrating what would have been her father’s 80th birthday; sent a letter saying that if Cohen had only written the one line — “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” — he’d have been worthy of the honor []
  3. Sent letter of congratulations: “To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your award, that’s what too much monkey business will get ya . . . and give my regards to Leonard Cohen, the Kafka of the blues, and Lord Byron Keith if he shows up.” []