Marianne Ihlen, immortalized in “So Long, Marianne” and the woman in Leonard Cohen’s life through the 1960s, died July 28, 2016 after being diagnosed with leukemia less than a week earlier.
A Leonard Cohen Facebook Page has been dedicated as a memorial to Marianne Ihlen. Those who wish to submit their thoughts, memories, poems, etc about Marianne – even if they have done so already at another site – are invited make those contributions here. We hope to collect these sentiments in one place in Marianne’s memory. Contributions from Leonard Cohen, Sylvie Simmons, Kari Hesthamar, and others are already in place at
Leonard Cohen’s Divergent & Devastating Version Of So Long, Marianne – Oslo 1993
No rendition of “So Long, Marianne” differs more from the original script than the one Leonard Cohen performed at the May 1, 1993 Oslo Spektrum Concert. This version features not only a radically altered arrangement but also two verses not found on any album. The impact of these multiple changes and adaptations is dramatic.1
Leonard Cohen – “So Long, Marianne”
Oslo Spektrum: May 1, 1993
Video by Allan Showalter
- More about this rendition of So Long, Marianne can be found at The Marianne Variations: Leonard Cohen’s Divergent & Devastating Version Of So Long, Marianne – Oslo 1993 [↩]