“This was one of the most generous, attentive, nourishing characters I’d ever met.” Adam Cohen On Acknowledging The Influence Of His Father, Leonard Cohen

You grew up with your father’s voice. You grew up with him writing. You grew up with him reading to you. You watched him backstage as he performed. Was it hard for you to find, like, your own voice, to recognize that his voice was a part of you, that it influenced you in the way that people have a right to be influenced by the people who they take in as they’re going through their formative years? Was it hard to acknowledge that influence in the same – and at the same time figure out who you were as a singer and songwriter?

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You know, I’m triggered to answer that in two ways. I mean, the first is to look at it statistically, you know? Statistically, I think in humanity, you know, Napoleon’s son, Frank Sinatra’s son – you know, it’s very, very difficult to capture people’s imaginations in the same way as one would if your name was Joe Smith – you know? – and you had no provenance. Statistically, the heirs of people who do great things can often not do great things as remarkably and in such a beloved way. There’s that. And then there’s the idea that – you know, that I grew up perhaps under this tyrannical shadow, this oppressive, tyrannical shadow. And it’s quite the contrary. I mean, this was one of the most generous, attentive, nourishing characters I’d ever met. He encouraged me up to the upper-sunniest branches of the family tree. And as I say, you know, I really do believe my story is far more of a success story, not just the instruction I got from a master, not just having his attention and encouragement and the example of his own life and work. But the great privilege of being invited – again, you know, having started in the mailroom of the family business, the great privilege that it was to end up at the penthouse, you know, making boardroom decisions with my boss.quotedown2

Adam Cohen

 

New Collection Showcases Leonard Cohen’s ‘Obsession With Imperfection’

“A Pilgrim Of Perfection… Roscoe Beck” Leonard Cohen Introduces Band, Completes Saga Of Rafael Gayol – Las Vegas 2010

Leonard Cohen – Anthem Segue Into Introductions
Las Vegas: Dec 11, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

By the last concert of the 2008-2010 Tour, Leonard’s always generous introductions had expanded into graciously rendered CVs. Especially noteworthy is the final rendition of The Saga Of Rafael Gayol.

Also see The Commander Of Commendations: Leonard Cohen’s Extraordinary Band & Crew Introductions

Originally posted Dec 14, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s The Flame: Book Launch, Featuring Rob Hallett – London, Oct 4, 2018

Leonard CohenThe Flame At The British Library, London
October 4, 2018
Hosted by Will Gompertz
With Rob Hallett via Skype
Poetry readings by Polly Samson,
Singing by Kathryn Williams
Video by DabbyNoNa aka Albert Noonan

The video atop this post is the Rob Hallett interview alone. Hallett, an accomplished raconteur, talks about his role in Leonard Cohen going back on tour in 2008. The video below is the full presentation.

“[Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.” Leonard Cohen 1988


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You go in and out of affection for old material, and you’d like to be loved for things you’re doing now. But it [Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen: The Eloquence, The Songs Still Floating On The Air by Richard Harrington (Washington Post; Published in Gainesville Sun: Dec 25, 1988)

“Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen shows that religious discourse can be funky.” Spiegel Review Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems

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From Abgehört: Die wichtigste Musik der Woche [via Google Translate] by Andreas Borcholte and Jan Wigger (Spiegel: Sept 16, 2014)

Originally posted September 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Leonard Cohen] never has explained why he works with me. He’s very generous and gracious. I think that I was just able to provide an atmosphere that’s comfortable for him to express himself and get his work done.” Sharon Robinson

From The California Girl and the Ladies’ Man by Doug Saunders. Toronto’s Globe & Mail: October 11, 2001. Accessed 19 May 2014; 2:25 PM at Ten New Songs. Originally posted May 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“These poems [in Book Of Longing] were written in the midst of all this phony talk about brotherhood, new visions, and new possibilities” Leonard Cohen


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These poems [in Book Of Longing] were written in the midst of all this phony talk about brotherhood, new visions, and new possibilities when the hustlers had already moved in and taken over the revolution and you know, this stuff was being sold in head shops and it had pretty well evaporated.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen’s The Future Interview by Bob Mackowitz. Transcript from a radio special produced by Interviews Unlimited for Sony Music, 1992.