4 Years Ago: Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood


On Aug 6, 2014, the Duchess & I spent a sunny afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Özcan, at his home in Los Angeles. Read about that visit at


Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post taken by Penny Showalter

Believe It Or Not: Photos From The 2012 Leonard Cohen Toulon Concert

Thanks to the unstinting efforts of Véronique Bucchini, we now have a gallery of what has proven to be the rarest of 2012 Leonard Cohen World Tour photos – shots of the Sept 26, 2012 show in Toulon, France.* (Special thanks go to Dominique BOILE, who informed Ms Bucchini of DrHGuy & the quest for photos of the Toulon show.)

Worthy of special note:

  • Above Image: This is one of those photos, taken at precisely the right moment from precisely the right perspective that perfectly captures a key aspect of a performance
  • Below First Row, Left Image: Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen singing side by side is a scene that has been photographed hundreds if not thousands of times. Nonetheless, this specimen seems to render the two collaborators in song in a fresh light.

*Very few photos and videos emerged from the Toulon show, leading the posting of this plea.

Note: Originally posted Oct 3, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Photos By Oliver Morris Set To Chelsea Hotel #2

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Oliver Morris, a professional photographer, offers a video featuring his own black and white images of Leonard Cohen, most of which were taken in a small recording studio in lower Manhattan in the mid-1980s, set to an audio recording of Chelsea Hotel #2.1

The photos, as one might expect, are especially acute aesthetically  and offer a degree of resolution not typically seen seen in standard cut and paste music videos.  In the photo atop this post, for example, note the clearly viewable inscriptions inside Cohen’s guitar and the indentation from the guitar string on his left thumb..

It is a treat.

The video can be viewed at A Series of Sketches: “Chelsea Hotel No. 2” by Leonard Cohen. Photographs by Oliver Morris


Originally posted Aug 6, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. The audio recording is unidentified but appears to be from the Chelsea Hotel #2 performance at the 1988 San Sebastian concert. []

Brilliant Photos: The 2012 Leonard Cohen Paris Concerts Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa Leonard Cohen

Maarten Massa reliably delivers stellar photos of Leonard Cohen concerts, and his shots of the September 28, 29, & 30, 2012 Olympia shows in Paris are no exception. Worthy of special note are

  • Perhaps the best 2012 Tour photo of Charley Webb I’ve seen
  • An outstanding shot of a happy Roscoe Beck
  • A pristine, all too rare photo of the usually camouflaged Rafael Gayol
  • A closeup of Leonard Cohen performing on Jew’s harp

And He’s Off…

Leonard Cohen in the process of skipping off stage

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Originally posted Oct 18, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Once More Onto The Stage, Dear Friends: Leonard Cohen Opens 2010 Auckland Show

Original Caption: “Once more onto the stage, dear friends. Leonard Cohen starts today’s concert in Auckland.” With apologies to Shakespeare and appreciation to J.S. Carenza III for the photo. Originally posted Oct 29, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric