“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

Leonard Cohen

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”

Q: Does [beauty] transform the world? Leonard Cohen: “I don’t know about the world. Beauty certainly does something for me. I’m a sucker for it.”

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted Jan 30, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It is agreeable to see [my daughter] go back to school with her satchel of CDs including Dylan, the Grateful Dead, & myself.” Leonard Cohen 1992

From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained By Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric