Danny Fields: You’re the biggest star in the world in Europe.
Leonard Cohen: I’m a big act there, no question about it.
Danny Fields: Do you think it’s because you work there more, or because you pay more attention to Europe than America, or what?
Leonard Cohen: Maybe it’s because they can’t understand the lyrics.
Danny Fields: Do you look forward to the same vast acceptance in America?
Leonard Cohen: I don’t think it will happen in America. I don’t think the American tradition can accommodate a personage like that.
Danny Fields: What are the dimensions of that personage in Europe that can’t carry over the ocean?
Leonard Cohen: I think that that kind of singer is in the mainstream in Europe, and here it’s an eccentric kind of thing. I really think that the American music is black and Western, and whatever the permutations and combinations of those two things are. I don’t know if a chansonnier really fits into that.
From Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974.
Credit Due Department: This outstanding interview was discovered and contributed by Jugurtha Harchaoui. Note: Originally posted Jan 21, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric