Leonard Cohen Album Logos: The Broken Chain Alternative
This entry is part of a series of posts dedicated to Leonard Cohen Album Logos.
As noted in the previous post in this series, The Future album’s hummingbird, heart, & handcuffs logo the dominant graphic used on 1993 Leonard Cohen concert posters and literature.
Interesting variations can, however, be found. The poster promoting the May 16, 1993 Leonard Cohen concert at the Palacio Deportes in Madrid displayed atop this post features a broken chain with the hummingbird relegated to an accoutrement.
A different broken chain logo made its way to some of the official merchandise such as this shirt.
That broken chain version appears to be derived from this drawing, presumably a candidate, along with the hummingbird, heart, & handcuffs symbol, for the cover of The Future album.
Why did Cohen select the open handcuffs graphic rather than the broken chain symbol for the cover of The Future album? My brief is that he simply opted the more provocative and striking concept of open handcuffs over the more generic and cliched broken chain.
Coming Attractions: The Significance Of The Broken Chain
The next post in this series will explore the implications of the broken chain logo