Back in Dec 2013, Peter Torbijn from the Netherlands discovered an interview with Leonard Cohen that took place in London at the beginning of the 1972 Europe tour. The interview, translated from English into Dutch, was published in the March 29, 1972 edition of OOR, the Dutch music newspaper. An internet search and a survey of several Cohen experts disclosed no references to the original interview in English, let alone the article itself. In the belief that an English to Dutch to English translation of the article would be better than no English version of the article, Peter, with the help of his wife Marion and his son Lennard, translated the article from Dutch into English to make it accessible for this site’s readers. I provided final editing into vernacular English. The product of that effort can be found at Lost 1972 Leonard Cohen Interview Restored “I get letters from people who say my songs helped them through the night…That is exactly why they were written.”
A little less than five years later, Gordana Stupar has discovered the original article: The Cohen Songs You’ll Never Hear, by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, March 5, 1972.
Gordana also provided her transcription of the first page of the article. Feel free to compare and contrast this original version with the previously posted double-translation.
The Cohen Songs You’ll Never Hear
By Roy Hollingworth
Melody MakerL March 5, 1972