Interest In Phil Spector Pointing Pistol At Leonard Cohen Leads To Cohencentric Popularity Spike

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Ir turns out that the good folks at Reddit were interested enough in the account of Phil Spector holding a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head to make Guns Aimed At Leonard Cohen the most popular Cohencentric entry yesterday and, in the process, cause a spike in this site’s recent popularity. (Guns Aimed At Leonard Cohen features the Phil Spector anecdote as well as the stories of Cuban soldiers with submachine guns capturing Leonard and Maoists at the 1970 Aix-En-Provence Festival shooting at him.)

On the same day a post on Steve Hoffman Music Forums about Joni Mitchell’s Rainy Night House included links to Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen: His Father’s World War I Pistol and That Don’t Make It Junk – Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen: His Guns, which also added to the total hits, albeit less dramatically.

Q: And your religious position? Leonard Cohen: “I am neither more nor less virtuous than others. I believe that sin exists; in this I think I resemble the Catholics.”


Leonard Cohen Words And Silences by Constantino Romero (1974). Republished in Rockdelux 356 (December 2016). Via online translation.

Leonard Cohen Is My Spirit Guide (A Celebration of Leonard Cohen) at Hull Jubilee Central – Sept 30, 2018

Thanks to Mandy MacLeod, who alerted me to this event.

Vulture Ranks Leonard Cohen’s Albums From Worst to Best

Certain perennials dependably bloom in the Leonard Cohen garden of musical journalism. Along with articles listing “X Things You Didn’t Know About Leonard Cohen,” “The Y Best Songs Of Leonard Cohen,” and “The Z Best Covers Of Hallelujah,” an enduring favorite is “Leonard Cohen Albums Ranked.” Today’s post features 12 Leonard Cohen Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best by Tom Hawking. Vulture: Sept 29, 2014. I’ve excerpted the section on “The Future” album (ranked #7 of 12) below as a sampling.

#7. The Future (1992)
The last record before our hero took to the mountain for a decade was a dark, world-weary affair — the title track proclaims, “I have seen the future, brother/ It is murder.” Musically, The Future is a curiously mixed bag. Its strongest tracks are up with the best work Cohen’s ever made, most notably “Anthem,” which is certainly a contender for Best Leonard Cohen Song Ever — he described the closing lines of the chorus (“There is a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in”) as “the closest thing I could describe to a credo.” But the record’s padded out by a couple of largely superfluous covers and, strangely, an instrumental, the only one of Cohen’s career.

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Originally posted October 2, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Rare Photo: Leonard Cohen Performs In Berlin – 1974

This photo was contributed by Jonathon Lipsin, who reports that it is “an unpublished photo of Leonard taken in Berlin in the 70’s by a customer of mine who gave me the photo.”

While I admire pristine images of Leonard Cohen, I admit to being taken with the scratches, blotches, and taped edges that make this photo an imperfect offering of the sort by which, I have been assured, the light gets in.

Originally posted Nov 12, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“One of the tremendous beauties about Leonard Cohen which I will never ever forget is that what you saw was what you got, 100 percent: dignified, generous, unbelievable.” Patrick Leonard

He said a couple things to me in the last six months [of his life] that I feel I will keep in my mind for the rest of my life, heavier than I would ever share with anyone. I think there are people who are seekers because they’re confused, there are seekers who want to be part of something, but whatever brings you to it, once you start to seek it’s hard to stop. He investigated every nook and cranny. I mean, why do you study music? Because you want to get to the bottom of it, so that whatever you do is pure. And I think with Leonard, [he understood that] this experience of being human is difficult and his point of view was that spirituality offers, I don’t know, some gentleness maybe? I think it was important for him to see if he believed in that gentleness, in that forgiveness or that grace… And you’d feel it in the lyrics. There were often Christian themes, but they’d be framed by a historical reference to something completely on the other side of the subject matter. And that was one of this tremendous gifts–that he could talk about asparagus and the Virgin Mother in the same sentence and it worked, I don’t know how. [Laughs]. quotedown2

Patrick Leonard


Leonard Cohen producer remembers his friend: ‘A scholar of the heart’ by Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment: November 18, 2016)

The Way It Was: Siri Stonewalls 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Query – Coincidence or Conspiracy?

Asking Siri If Leonard Cohen Will Tour In 2012

Note: On Nov 6, 2011, when I published this post at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, the big question among Leonard Cohen fans was whether he would tour in 2012. Since answers weren’t forthcoming from official sources, I opted to call on Siri, the then recently introduced technological marvel.

DrHGuy: Will Leonard Cohen Tour In 2012?

Siri: Sorry, I don’t understand ‘Will  Leonard Cohen Tour In 2012’

One cannot help but note the the question of a 2012 Leonard Cohen evokes identical answers from Cohen management and iPod’s Siri. Happenstance?  Maybe, but …

Update 26 March 2012: It’s Official – 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour Schedule