First broadcast by PBS in 2006. The transcript for this program can be found at Songwriter Leonard Cohen Discusses Fame, Poetry and Getting Older
This GLZ radio recording appears to be from April 1972 when Leonard Cohenwas touring in Israel. Unfortunately, the questions from the interview no longer exist, but Avi Elkoni has edited together Leonard’s answers, which were originally interspersed around album tracks. Even without the questions it is an interesting, good quality interview, covering his student days, Montreal, Greece, poetry and touring
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Avi Elkoni, who edited the interview, & Ruth Pietroni, who uploaded it to YouTube.
0:07 Reaction to Leonard Cohen’s fan record
1:22 Do you think the music industry really underestimates the intelligence of your audience
2:40 Do you think there is any kind of change happening in the music industry
3:12 Leonard gives his thoughts on changes during the 70s and 80s
4:07 Do people like to think they are being experimental or revolutionary from time to time
4:45 what seems experimental in the 60s may be the norm in the 80s
5:08 what were your musical aspirations when you left Greece and came back here and move to Nashville
5:55 what that your reason for switching gears to a non-musical poet novelist?
6:34 what was your reason for going to Greece?
7:30 Leonard talks about his album, ‘The Future’ – is it about Nostradamus
9:00 Leonard explains how music makes his lyrics less dismal
9:55 Spirituality and Male/Female Relationships in Leonard Cohen’s songs
11:03 How do you relationships now affect your album ‘The Future’
11:44 Leonard explains ‘Closing Time’
12:30 Leonard Cohen hopes for his songs to live for a long time
13:30 Leonard gives his insights to his lyrics
14:15 Do you worry giving your meaning of a song possibly take away the meaning of the song to someone else?
15:15 Leonard goes deeper in to the meaning behind the lyrics for ‘Closing Time’
18:55 Everyone has to pitch in to make changes in the world and help each other out
19:54 Leonard provides a lot of input to his music videos
20:33 Do you always have some kind of concept that you want to do for the video?
20:53 Leonard talks his acting career
22:33 Leonard talks about his song ‘Democracy’
24:24 Do you think people love it and treasure it? [in regards to Leonard’s song ‘Democracy’]
25:58 Leonard talks about how he started as a guitar player but utilized keyboard mostly on his latest album
27:46 Leonard talks about his tour
In this full interview, Leonard Cohen discusses his theories on life, acting, democracy in the United States and the future.
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Erik van Bemmelen, who alerted Lennard Torbijn to this video.
It is powerful, moving, & eloquent.
If the embedded player malfunctions, try Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview With David Remnick