Emily Bindiger’s Leonard Cohen Headstand Story Was Classic – Now It’s Classics Illustrated

In the Emily Bindiger Q&A first posted June 8, 2012, one of the stories about life on tour with Leonard Cohen recounted by Emily Bindiger (Emily is best known to Cohencentric readers as Leonard Cohen’s backup singer, along with Erin Dickins, during the 1974 and 1975 Tours) involved a Cohen acrobatic inversion:

There was a very funny day in England when our bus broke down – of course this was way before cell phones or car phones – and Leonard thought we had to get the attention of motorists who were just driving by. So he stood on his head in the middle of the road. It kinda worked.

Emily subsequently searched her own photo stash and was rewarded with the image atop this post.

Originally posted Sep 30, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

What Makes Leonard Cohen Run (And Skip)?

The Cohen Credibility Crisis

Introduction: Back in Jan 2009, after Leonard Cohen had performed shows in Canada and Europe and it was announced that the tour would come to the USA, this site took on the investigation of the rumors that Leonard was, at 74, running, skipping, and otherwise performing in a way belying his age and presumed infirmities.

The news that the Leonard Cohen Tour is coming to the US has precipitated a moral crisis for the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric management.

While steadfast in my admiration of Mr Cohen, I cannot perpetuate the patently absurd premise that – now think about this – a 74 year old entertainer with a self-admitted history of significant tobacco, alcohol, and illicit pharmaceutical use allegedly maintained a tour schedule through 2008 that began with 22 concerts in 30 days and, then, after a 4 day break for travel, resumed on June 13th in Europe with 7 concerts in 8 days. Oh, and from September 21-November 30, Leonard Cohen supposedly performed 34 concerts in 28 cities across 15 countries.1

Sure he did

Nor are these purported concerts described as easy-going, ritualistic affairs, the purpose of which is no more than to allow fans to pay homage to a once-great entertainer. The newspaper reports portray an entirely different kind of event.

… Leonard Cohen surprised and delighted his audience at the BIC last night (Tuesday) by literally sprinting onto the stage and performing a three hour show. ((Cohen’s three-hour set masterpiece by Jeremy Miles. Daily Echo 12 November 2008))

Like a surreal gangster in double-breasted suit and trademark Fedora, Leonard Cohen skipped on to the stage to a deafening and reverential welcome at the Brighton Centre.2

After a seemingly endless string of encores (with Cohen skipping on and off stage between each) it’s obvious that Leonard Cohen has finally come to enjoy life and the songs that he has written that have touched so many.3

And it’s not just newspapers that are in on the scam. The animation below is from a Nett-TV News Clip, Oslo, Norway 2008.

And, check out this representative concert video, set to begin just before the pertinent athletics.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Venice: August 3, 2009
Video by AintNoCureForLove


Does that look to you like a 74 year old guy who just gave a 3+ hour show?

I don’t think so.

Miracle Or Potemkin Performance?

Come on, now. Rigorous schedule? Three hour shows? Running? Skipping?

Give me a break

Clearly, Cohen’s management is attempting to hoodwink fans, but in doing so has clumsily concocted a scenario that is so far beyond the believable that – well, it’s unbelievable is what it is.

It is now necessary to ask the awkward question – What really makes Leonard Cohen run? Stay tuned to find out what the 1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric investigative staff has uncovered.

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by J..S. Carenza III.

Originally posted Jan 15, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The original video and photo, which have disappeared, have been replaced with similar versions.

  1. Counting the UK as one country. []
  2. Leonard Cohen at the Brighton Centre By Charlotte Taylor. Crawley Observer 22 December 2008 []
  3. Friday 14/11/08 Leonard Cohen @ The O2 Arena, London by Jon Bye. Gigwise. November 19, 2008 []

Leonard Cohen 2010 Katowice Concert Through The Lens Of Joseph Carenza III

Photos of the Oct 4, 2010 Leonard Cohen Katowice show by J.S. Carenza III

That’s intermission and it’s a race back to the greenroom. One thing that failed to be mentioned in any of the advance work, this venue doesn’t have heating. Seriously. What do they do in the winter? In Poland! Second set in twenty.


Just off stage left, producer Ed Sanders is bunkered down in video village calling the shots for the screens.

Photos: The Passion That Was The 2010 Leonard Cohen Katowice Concert

Leonard Cohen And The Rose Of Katowice

If there were a competition among Leonard Cohen concerts for Most Compellingly Romantic Photograph, this shot of the 76 year old Canadian singer-songwriter,holding a long stem rose while performing in Katowice Poland would surely be the prohibitive favorite. This iconic photo and those below were taken by Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey.

Note: While some of these photos have been published previously, I’ve posted the collection as a whole because it offers provides a valuable perspective on this amazing show.

“At many moments during the concert I felt my eyes well up at the beauty of it all.”

Gwen Langford

Originally posted Oct 7, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar & Does His Chores Has A Birthday

On Dec 20, 2010, 1HeckOfAGuy.com (Cohencentric’s predecessor) posted The Guy Leonard Cohen Never Introduced, an expose of Leonard Cohen’s failure to acknowledge the services of the guy who carries his guitar:

Now, Leonard Cohen certainly has the right to emulate his fellow rock stars and professional entertainers who, once they achieve fame and fortune, dump their menial but necessary chores – such as carrying a singer’s guitar or a cleanup hitter’s bat from location to location – onto underlings who have no other occupational options. Further, this elderly gentleman, who appears to be in his mid 70s, might have been thankful for the work, perhaps having suffered some kind of fiscal reversal that compelled him to take a position as an unskilled laborer when he should have been playing with his grandchildren or going on a spiritual retreat.

But shouldn’t he at least have been treated with respect? In various concerts and in interviews over the course of the past three years, Cohen lavishly thanked his band members, his backup singers, those who prepared food for the troupe, those who arranged transportation, those responsible for setting up and taking down the equipment, the lighting director, the person who cared for the fedoras, and many others involved in the success of the Tour.

Not once, however, did he publicly recognize, let alone commend the impeccably reliable service of this individual (as far as I can determine, Cohen has never found himself sans guitar when he stepped up to play “The Darkness” or “Feels So Good”), a man who uncomplainingly carried out his demeaning job in the service of the Tour and always managed to keep himself clean and decently groomed.

Since then, many more photos of  have appeared.

This photo by Szilvia Szanto, for example, clearly captures Joey Carenza give instructions to the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar.

Heck, the guy who carries Leonard Cohen’s guitar even appears on his own t-shirt.  Photo by Judy Green.

And recently, we’ve discovered that guitar-carrying is by no means the only task that falls to this guy (or guys – it’s difficult to discern whether all of these jobs fall to the same guy or there is a retinue of these guys who resemble one another). For example, there’s

The Guy Who Takes Care Of Leonard Cohen’s Car
Photo by Lorca Cohen

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