Now We Know: The Story Behind This Leonard Cohen Photo

Over the years, I have repeatedly seen this photo online, always without attribution or explanation, and wondered – What the heck is Leonard doing? Happily, I finally discovered the photographer was Ian Cook, who was gracious enough not only to allow me to post this photo but also to answer my query:

I spent several days with Leonard Cohen when he was on tour [and 1979] and at one period he was having a slight nasal and voice problem so he went to a Harley Street Doctor in London who helped him and he was able to carry on with the tour.

Photo Credit: Ian Cook