The Belgian Bonanza – Maarten Massa’s Leonard Cohen Gifts

Maarten Massa has been one of the most generous contributors to Cohencentric.com and its predecessor sites so I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me to receive a box chock-full of Leonard Cohen treasures. I am, nonetheless, taken aback and deeply appreciative.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Penny Showalter.

Leonard Cohen Concert Tickets Collection: Cologne – April 10, 1988 & July 1, 2009

The first time I saw Leonard Cohen and the enchanting Perla Batalla on April 10, 1988 in the Kölner Philharmonie I had a seat right in front of the stage in the first row. After the concert, I waited for Leonard for an hour to ask for an autograph. I got it and was happy. The second ticket is from the World Tour 2009. Both concerts are unforgotten.

Angelika Menzen

Leonard Cohen Concert Tickets Collection

Angelika’s tickets along with her accompanying memory are an early contribution to the Leonard Cohen Concert Tickets Collection. The concept is that such a collection would prove valuable and enlightening. Toward that end, we’re inviting readers to send in scans or photos of their Leonard Cohen concert tickets to Please enter “Leonard Cohen Tickets” in the Subject Line. We also invite you to add a brief note if the tickets or the show itself holds special meaning.

The goal is to put together a collection for posting and possibly publication.

Be aware that any tickets and information you send may be posted at Cohencentric.com or published elsewhere. Each ticket will include a credit; if you do not wish your real name used, please indicate an acceptable alias. The credits will not include other identifying data, such as email or postal addresses.

Leonard Cohen Concert Tickets Collection

A Leonard Cohen concert ticket, surely the most common souvenir owned by Cohenites, are a mixed bag. Some are utilitarian slips of paper manufactured by the low cost bidder. Others are quite handsome. Some are historically noteworthy: that Ludwigshafen ticket, for example, led to the discovery of a previously undocumented Oct 16, 1974 Leonard Cohen show. Certain rare tickets hold allure to collectors.

And, of course, many tickets hold special significance to the owners, The ticket for the May 25, 1993 Leonard Cohen concert at the Tempodrom in Berlin is described by Sylvia Apfelbaum as emblematic of “where it all started,” the beginning of her fascination with the work of the Canadian singer-songwriter. The 2009 Rosemont (Chicago) ticket atop this post is mine, a reminder of the first time I met Leonard face-to-face.

Now, Dominique BOILE, whose collection includes 30+ passes to Leonard Cohen concert, has suggested that a comprehensive fans’ collection of these tickets might be of interest. So…

The Leonard Cohen Ticket Collection

The goal of this post is what researchers call a proof of concept – a demonstration, the purpose of which is to verify that a certain concept has the potential for real-world application. In this case, the concept is that such a collection of Leonard Cohen concert tickets would prove valuable and enlightening. Toward that end, we’re inviting readers to send in scans or photos of their Leonard Cohen concert tickets to Please enter “Leonard Cohen Tickets” in the Subject Line. We also invite you to add a brief note if the tickets or the show itself holds special meaning.

The goal is to put together a collection for posting and possibly publication.

Be aware that any tickets and information you send may be posted at Cohencentric.com or published elsewhere. Each ticket will include a credit; if you do not wish your real name used, please indicate an acceptable alias. The credits will not include other identifying data, such as email or postal addresses.

Leonard Cohen Postcard – Amsterdam 2014

Dominique BOILE, who contributed this item, labeled “Concertocards made by Typex,” writes:

My friend Francis Mus sent me this postcard bought in a record store in Amsterdam.

While I’m not convinced I grasp the intended symbolism, I’m fascinated by the bare-breasted gypsy dancing with Mr Cohen, who is himself featured performing while wearing a suit but no shoes. And what’s with that saber buried in a stump?

Originally posted March 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric