Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Talk About The Favourite Game In 1963 CBC TV Interview

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Playing The Favourite Game: CBC Youth Special with Paddy Springate and Stuart Smith (1963)

Leonard Cohen takes on reviewers and Canadian modesty in this 10 minute discussion of his “third novel disguised as a first novel.” He denies the accusation that the work  is autobiographical and defends the honesty of his protagonist: “My book may be lousy but it’s true.”

Video: Leonard Cohen Talks About Songwriting, Making Videos, Truth Vs Facts…

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Also Featuring Jennifer Warnes, Harry Rasky, Judy Collins

While this video from ZoomerMedia is labeled only “Leonard Cohen,” I agree with Gordana Stupar’s speculation that it is the CBC broadcast “An Evening With Leonard Cohen.” It certainly fits the description of that show found at Diamonds in the Mine:

3 March 1989 – An Evening With Leonard Cohen – CBC
Documentary featuring interviews and live clips from Paris 1988. Jennifer Warnes, Harry Rasky, Judy Collins, Moses Znaimer provided comments and clips from the BBC Songs from the Life of Leonard Cohen were also included.

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Credit Due Department: Thanks to Gordana Stupar, who alerted me to this video

Video: Watch Leonard Cohen Read Poems, Talk About Writing On 1980 CBC Authors With Patrick Watson

authorsOn February 1 and 8, 1980, Leonard Cohen was interviewed on CBC’s Authors With Patrick Watson. Both episodes are presented here. Leonard is a tad more stilted than usual, but, as I’ve noted before, “Leonard Cohen gives good interview,” and this is no exception. And his adept management of his cigarette holder is spellbinding.

Topics include the effect of drugs on the creative process, the significance of marriage and children, saintliness, Bob Dylan, the notion that Cohen grapples “with depressing aspects of the world,” the characterization of his work as “more eccentric” rather than “dominating a field,” sending a song out into the world, and the utility of a song.

Leonard Cohen reads This Marriage and Slowly I Married Her from Death Of A Lady’s Man and The Rest Is Dross from Flowers For Hitler.

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CBC Authors with Patrick Watson: February 1 and 8, 1980

Video uploaded by A Lazy Bastard In A Suit (ALBIAS)

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul, who alerted me to to this video.

Video: 1976 Leonard Cohen Performance Of Singer Must Die + Interview

sadlcLeonard Cohen sings “A Singer Must Die” in an interview shared by Jay Tuck.

From the YouTube Description:

It was a windy day in May in 1976. I never thought it would really happen, an interview with Canadian poet Leonard Cohen. But there was his voice, unmistakable, on the phone. Not his agent nor the record company. “Hi, this is Leonard Cohen”. A few hours later we met in the lobby of the Hamburg Hotel Europäischer Hof. Management wanted us to film the interview in one of their suites. That wasn’t right, not for Leonard Cohen. So we found an empty room in the hotel cellar, the dining hall for staff. While the crew lit the surroundings appropriately, I asked Leonard where his guitar was. He didn’t know he would be needing it, he said. But he walked back to his room to fetch it. And we recorded a very magical, unimaginable personal interview that day. And aware our 16mm camera cassette only held 10 minutes of film, I waited six minutes and asked, “Why don’t you sing us a song, Leonard?” And he did. This is the result of that magical day. Unfortunately, some one at the TV station edited out some of the music. And inserted a ridiculous video wipe in the post. And discarded some beautiful music. But the result is still a historical record I wanted to share with you.

Jay Tuck

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who was the first of several folks to alert me to this video