Leonard Cohen answering questions in Details (July, 1993). Originally posted May 13, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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 www.iancookphotography.com
[I bring] anything I can bring to it [writing a song]. Thought, meditation, drinking, disillusion, insomnia, vacations… Because once the song enters the mill, it’s worked on by everything that I can summon. And I need everything. I try everything. I try to ignore it, try to repress it, try to get high, try to get intoxicated, try to get sober, all the versions of myself that I can summon are summoned to participate in this project, this work force. I try everything. I’ll do anything. By any means possible. [Interviewer: ‘Do any of these methods work best?’] No. Nothing works. After a while, if you stick with a song long enough, it will yield. But long enough is way beyond any reasonable estimation of what you might think long enough may be.
I work very slowly and abandoned hope for many of them [the songs for New Skin For The Old Ceremony]. However, last summer I went to Ethiopia looking for a suntan. It rained, including in the Sinai desert, but through this whole period I had my little guitar with me, and it was then I felt the songs emerging – at least, the conclusions that I had been carrying in manuscript form for the last four or five years, from hotel room to hotel room.
From Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker: 1 March 1975. Originally posted Dec 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016). Via computer translation. Photo of “Leonard Cohen playing for my mom & uncle, early 1950s, at my great grandmother’s summer camp” by noahbloom
Leonard Cohen – The Butcher
Toronto: January 31, 1975
messalina79 (aka Ruth Pietroni) showcases a performance of The Butcher by Leonard Cohen that is vastly different from the studio version featured on Songs From A Room (1969), which is available below for comparison.
Originally posted Feb 13, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric