Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour: Avalanche – Katowice 2010

Leonard Cohen And The Rose Of Katowice

If there were a competition among concerts for Most Compellingly Romantic Photograph, the shot of Leonard Cohen, the then 76 year old Canadian singer-songwriter, atop this post holding a long stem rose while performing in Katowice Poland would surely be the prohibitive favorite. This iconic photo was taken by Gwen Langford.

Leonard Cohen with rose (Photo by Gwen Langford)

Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Katowice – Oct 4, 2010

Leonard Cohen – Katowice (Photo by majmunka)

Well I stepped into an avalanche,
It covered up my soul;
When I am not this hunchback that you see,
I sleep beneath the golden hill.
You who wish to conquer pain,
You must learn, learn to serve me well.

Leonard Cohen – Avalanche
Katowice: Oct 4, 2010
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Note: Originally posted July 4, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric