The Mystery Photo: Janis Ian, Judy Collins, Leonard Cohen
Ongoing readers may recall a recent post, Leonard Cohen Plays The Bottom Line, 1974 – Judy Collins & Janis Ian Visit, was triggered by photo of three singing legends taken at an unknown location and on an unknown date, as explained by the first paragraph of that entry:
Maarten Massa was good enough to offer the photo shown atop this post of the three young musical artists, Janis Ian, Judy Collins, and Leonard Cohen, appending the warning that there was no indication where or when the photo was taken. He speculated that it might have been shot at the July 16, 1967 Newport Folk Festival, a reasonable enough notion (and one with which I concurred), given that Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, and Janis Ian all performed on that occasion (along with Joni Mitchell, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen).
With the help of Janis Ian and the January 4, 1975 edition of Billboard, we determined that the shot was taken at the Bottom Line club in New York on one of the three dates Leonard Cohen played at that venue: Nov 29, Nov 30, and Dec 1, 1974.
In an unsolicited email received a couple of days ago, Janis Ian wrote to let us know that a review of her personal calendars pinpoints the date of the photos shown above to December 1, 1974. She adds that “both [photos are] by Peter Cunningham. In addition to being my ex-boyfriend and (still) close friend, he was the ‘official’ Bottom Line photographer.”
Now, figuring out the exact date a photo was taken may not seem to justify a blog entry, but I find myself quite taken by the notion that Janis Ian took the time to review her calendars to answer a question posed by a guy with a Leonard Cohen-focused blog.
Thank you, Janis Ian.
As a bonus of sorts, enjoy this video of Janis Ian performing “Friends Again” at the Bitter End in 1968.
Janis Ian – Friends Again 1968
Other Cohencentric Janis Ian Posts
Note: Originally posted Jul 31, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric