Leonard Cohen Explains How He Came To “Love The Sunshine”


You’ve spent years in Greece and California. Do you crave sunshine?

I grew up in Montreal, which was covered by snow seven months of the year, so I love the sunshine. You cannot otherwise but believe in some benign aspect of the cosmos if you go out and it’s bright and warm. And with a tan, you may even look better.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997). Thanks to Maarten Massa for the photo of a very young Leonard Cohen shoveling snow. Originally posted Dec 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Explains Why He Got Into Poetry

Jools Holland: And then what got you into poetry?

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know. I thought that was the way to kind of win women’s hearts.

Jools Holland: Did it work?

Leonard Cohen: Yes it did.

From Later With Jools Holland Show (BBC: May 14, 1993). Watch video of this interview at Video: Leonard Cohen On Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, His First Influence – Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, Los Angeles, & Catastrophe  Originally posted Jan 11, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his goals when he entered college (Yes, women were involved – and poetry)

What was your goal when you entered McGill University in 1951?

… Wine, women and song. I don’t think I had any goal at all. All the others had goals. I was talking to that friend about this the other day. We just hung out, we played pool [laughs] … We read poetry. We read it like a plan; we wanted to understand what truly living was about. Poetry was sacred writing; the Law. One had to live according to the Law. But for us poetry was also related to drinking and picking up girls [laughs] … Montreal was ideal for that; with good hang-outs, some cafes where you could drink cheaply, bring your guitar and sing. To live the life that poems spoke of: freedom, love, those kinds of things.quotedown2

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From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992). Photo of McGill University by Laslovarga – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted January 13, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“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

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,


“My friends say I’m a barrel of laughs.” Leonard Cohen

Jo Meul points out that at 01’50” of Leonard Cohen Interview & Performance Of The Law On Midi Public  – Radio Télévision Suisse 1985 (see video below), one can hear Leonard attest, tongue-in-cheek, “My friends say I’m a barrel of laughs,” the same phrase he employed in his interview on the 1984 Mike Walsh Show (Australia).

Leonard must have been particularly amusing during this era; it was in 1985 that the following exchange took place:

Q: What is [Leonard Cohen] like on a night on the town? Leonard Cohen: “People say I’m a hoot to be with”