From Leonard Cohen Interview: April 28, 1985. Mixed Bag with Pete Fornatale (WNEW-FM, NYC)
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.
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,
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:
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
Well, it was a joke to me – and to a lot of women
Hear this exchange at Leonard Cohen and Anjani, on Steve Wright In The Afternoon. BBC: April 2007 (begins 1:15)