Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Touring, The Future, Country Music … 1993

David Dye writes about his 1993 interview with Leonard Cohen in World Cafe: Backstage With Leonard Cohen In 1993:

I went alone with a tape recorder. When Cohen arrived, he walked off the bus wearing a band jacket whose lapel had been embroidered with “Field Commander Cohen.” Commander Cohen was gracious as we settled into the reverberant dressing room. (Believe it or not, he thanked me for having the interest to interview him.) I can’t believe I had the chutzpah to call him the “Barry White of folk music.” What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking “deep voice, affinity for string arrangements” — and maybe that people listened while loving. Afterward, it was soundcheck time and I settled in to listen — until Cohen came over and ever-so-kindly explained that sound check was a ritual, a sacred moment for the band. And, uh, I wasn’t in the band. I did not stay for the show that night. But years later, in 2009, I witnessed one of the most moving shows ever at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia — and I feel myself blessed.

Topics covered include

  • The Future album
  • Democracy – Its writing and its scope
  • Closing Time – “Things as we know it are coming to an end”
  • County music – Leonard notes that growing up in Montreal he heard “French versions of country western standards” and that tour buses frequently traveled from Montreal to Nashville
  • Leonard holds that “renewal mechanisms” exist “from the Catholic church to AA”
  • His influence on young musicians
  • Pump Up The Volume
  • Stranger Music anthology

Clips are played from

  • “Democracy” (from The Future)
  • “Closing Time” (from The Future)
  • “The Future” (from The Future)
  • “Everybody Knows” (from I’m Your Man)