I get off on marquee shots such as the one atop this post. That the marquee is for a Leonard Cohen concert and is attached to a landmark like Radio City Music Hall is just that much better. The photos of Leonard in performance are a nice bonus. The shows took place May 16 & 17, 2009,
Credit Due Department: The good folks at Madison Square Garden have given permission to publish these photos, all of which were taken by Chad Batka.
Originally posted May 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I had never met Leonard before. I knew who he was as he was extraordinarily famous, though I wasn’t particularly a fan of his music. There was a popular feeling that there was a heavyweight quality to Leonard and I was expecting someone serious and doom-laden. He was actually one of the funniest people I have ever met and told the filthiest jokes. He loved posing and every shot was different. I constructed a little set to create a bit of graphic interest but I never imagined he’d make these great shapes with the chair.
From Gered Mankowitz, rock photographer, explains his rarest photographs (The Telegraph). All photographs in this post by Gered Mankowitz © Bowstir Ltd. 2016 / Mankowitz.Com.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of shots showing Leonard Cohen in concert standing erect, kneeling, crouching, etc. And, it’s easy to find images of classic scenes – e.g., Javier Mas performing his dramatic solo at the beginning of “Who By Fire” or Sharon Robinson powerfully singing “Alexandra Leaving.” But only on Cohencentric can one count on finding these and other popular photos alongside such rarely published but endearing images as a closeup of Neil Larsen’s hands playing the accordion on “The Partisan,” Alex Bublitchi, the intense violinist, who appears to be either carefully examining his necktie or performing the magic pencil illusion with his bow, and some wonderful looks at Roscoe Beck and Mitch Watkins in action. All of these photos, both the conventional and wonderfully idiosyncratic poses, were taken by Martine Nevens.
Note: Originally posted Oct 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Note: Originally posted May 10, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Thanks so much friends, Thanks for inviting us to this sacred place. It’s a great honor. I promise we’ll give you everything we got tonight.
Hanging Rock, Nov 20, 2010
The above photo of Leonard Cohen, bedecked in a coat, scarf, signature fedora, and sunglasses) and standing behind his trusty keyboard, at the November 20, 2010 Hanging Rock, Australia concert is one of those shots that epitomize a particular performance. In the midst of a cold evening in the isolated, eerie volcanic formation that was the setting for the show, Cohen honored the promise he made at the beginning of the concert: “We’ll give you everything we got tonight.”
The photo below offers a view of both Roscoe Beck (on bass and under beret) and the impeccable but all too often invisible Neil Larsen (playing keyboards and wearing scarf) equipped with stylish shades. Both of these photos1 are by Hazel Anthony, Australia (please do not repost without photographer’s permission).