Leonard Cohen On Bob Dylan And Bob Dylan On Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen’s comment about Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize, “It’s like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain,” is a notable but hardly exclusive manifestation of the interface between the preeminent bards of contemporary music. Since the 1960s, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan shared what Larry “Ratso” Sloman has called “a relationship of tremendous mutual respect.”

A collection of posts about the interface between Leonard Cohen & Bob Dylan, including their opinions of each other, their interactions, and their occasional differences can be found at ce

Credits: Leonard’s evaluation of Bob Dylan is from a 1994 Q Magazine interview (photo courtesy of Leonard Cohen); Bob Dylan’s assessment of Leonard is from the 2016 New Yorker Leonard Cohen profile by David Remnick (photo by Alberto Cabello via Wikipedia Commons).

Best Videos Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour: Dance Me To The End Of Love – Bercy



Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love

The Special Case Of Dance Me To The End Of Love

Dance Me To The End Of Love presents audience videographers with especially difficult challenges. It’s the first song played at Leonard Cohen concerts so the camera has to be at the ready, charged and memory card loaded. At least two very good videos were eliminated because the first few bars of the song were missed.

The stage lighting is relatively severe, resulting in a multitude of videos with most of the stage drenched in purple while Leonard Cohen’s face appears ghastly pale.

The primary issue, however, is that professional photographers are allowed to take shots from the front of the stage during only the first song – Dance Me To The End Of Love. Consequently, being seated in the center of the audience close to the stage, usually a benefit to those filming the performance, frequently places the professional photographers between the video camera and the stage. After comparing every 2013 video of Dance Me To The End Of Love on YouTube, I chose one shot from a medium distance and an acute angle rather than one of those recorded from a closer vantage point that were repeatedly blocked by those standing in front of the stage.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Bercy: June 18, 2013
Video by Insurer Insurovich

Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: Cohencentric.com is featuring selections from the current Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour

Ween’s “The Pod” Costumed As “The Best of Leonard Cohen” (With Bong)



HalloWEEN season seems an auspicious time to feature Ween’s second album, The Pod (released Sept 20, 1991), which parodies the cover art of The Best of Leonard Cohen (1975).

The graphic on the cover of The Pod was created by superimposing a photo of the head of Mean Ween (part-time bass player and vocalist Chris Williams) encased in a “nitrous oxide powered bong”1 over Leonard Cohen’s head.

bestoflcNote: Originally posted October 29, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. I am told (by Wikipedia) that a nitrous oxide powered bong is a “device used to send THC directly to the brain by use of nitrous oxide, which was said to leave the user intoxicated for days.” Wikipedia goes on to note that “The copy of the Leonard Cohen record that Ween used had purportedly belonged to Dean Ween’s mother, Eileen Ween.” []

Leonard Cohen explains why “my prophecy business is collapsing”


They [the lyrics] really are prophetic but, unfortunately, the songs take so long to finish that my prophecy business is collapsing. My song on the unification of Germany is just finished, a long time after the event. My song called ‘Democracy’ was used and people identified it with the victory of the Democratic party. I’d written it long before that, it just didn’t come out until very recently.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen interview by Barbara Gowdy held on November 19, 1992 and published in 1994 in the book “One on One: The Imprint Interviews” (edited by Leanna Crouch and published by Somerville House Publishing)

DrHGuy Note: Bill Clinton was elected President of the United States Nov 3, 1992, ending a 12-year Republican hold on the White House. Leonard Cohen’s Democracy was covered by Don Henley at Clinton’s Inaugural Ball.

Photo: Leonard Cohen At Family Wedding – 1956

Photo taken at the wedding of Masha Cohen. Leonard Cohen’s mother, to Harry Ostrow, Leonard’s stepfather.

Back row, from left to right: Harry Ostrow (Leonard’s stepfather), Freda Guttman, Roz Ostrow (Leonard’s stepsister), Edie Van Zaig, Leonard Cohen, Victor Cohen (brother-in-law). Front row, from left to right: Masha Cohen Ostrow (Leonard’s mother ), Esther Cohen (Leonard’s sister)

From Various Positions by Ira Nadel. Originally posted Oct 12, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video – Leonard Cohen In The Movies: Mia Kirshner Dances To “Everybody Knows” In Exotica

In Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, Mia Kirshner dances to Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows at a Toronto gentleman’s club inhabited by a group of patrons, dancers, and owners who are connected by previous and ongoing relationships. The film, a prize winner at Cannes and the recipient of French and Canadian honors, is a series of mysteries solved by the revelation of more mysteries – and then presented in a chronologically jumbled manner.

For more on the two films about strippers featuring Cohen songs in the soundtracks – Exotica & Dancing At The Blue Iguana – see A Contemplation Of Leonard Cohen’s Music In Soundtracks Of Two Movies About Strip Clubs.

“Everybody Knows” from Exotica

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: The Montreal Pool Room

Montreal Pool Room at its post-2010 site, across street from the location Leonard Cohen visited

The Montreal Pool Room is another Montreal establishment regularly named as a Leonard Cohen hangout. The following excerpt is from Montreal Pool Room Is Moving On Wednesday by Andy Riga (Montreal Gazette: March 26, 2010)

From a 2009 Gazette story about the lower Main:

One of the most popular night spots in the 1960s and ’70s was the Montreal Pool Room, at 1200 St. Laurent, where you could score a hot dog steamé and rub shoulders with the likes of a young Leonard Cohen or Michel Tremblay.

“Reeking of patates, steamies and lost innocence, this cheap Red Light institution has hands down the best hot dogs and inhale-the-grease fries,” is how one tourist guidebook writer described the Pool Room.

In spite of the date on the door that claims a Bulgarian immigrant, Filipoff Dakov, opened the Montreal Pool Room in 1912, city archives show Dakov obtained his first licence in 1921.

His was one of three billiards rooms on the block.

The Montreal Pool Room lost much of its legendary underground allure after it was gutted by fire in 1989. When it reopened, things weren’t quite the same.

I’m not sure about that. It still has a je-ne-sais-quoi.

“Seedy goodness,” is how one colleague describes it.

“It is a slice of our nightlife, where the world – rich or poor – meets,” says another.

Hot dog steamé from the Montreal Pool Room

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“There’s nothing like singing for people… [It’s a] wonderful opportunity to explore the song itself” Leonard Cohen


There’s nothing like singing for people. Having that moment before the people, it changes the song, the delivery, and to accommodate the song to the moment is a wonderful opportunity to explore the song itself.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Comment made at the Sept 10, 2014 Popular Problems Preview In Los Angeles. From Leonard Cohen on the Inner Workings of His New Album ‘Popular Problems’ by Todd Aaron Jensen. Bio: Dec 1, 2014.

Note: Originally posted at Dec 1, 2014 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Playlist: Stream Every Leonard Cohen Album in a 22-Hour Chronological Playlist (1967-2016)

Excerpted from Hallelujah!: You Can Stream Every Leonard Cohen Album in a 22-Hour Chronological Playlist (1967-2016)

Perhaps no one since Thomas Hardy has matched Leonard Cohen in the dogged persistence of literary bleakness. Cohen’s entry into a Zen monastery in 1996 was a “response to a sense of despair that I’ve always had,” he said in an interview that year. Ten years later, Cohen told Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, “I had a great sense of disorder in my life of chaos, of depression, of distress. And I had no idea where this came from. And the prevailing psychoanalytic explanations at the time didn’t seem to address the things I felt.”

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