Quality Photos: Dec 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen Quebec City Concert

Leonard Cohen hailing a cab
Leonard Cohen miming calf roping

Webb Sisters looking especially sweet & innocent1

Webb Sisters & Sharon Robinson looking suspiciously innocent


Photos by Patrick Dubé, Quebec City. Originally posted Dec 9, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. My apologies to the Sisters Webb and their fans for perpetuating this cliche, but that’s how the photo looks []

“I won’t say anything about my relation to the stage and the audience. I never talk publicly about my intimate relationships.” Elegant Photos & Words From 2012 Paris Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Press Conference

Leonard Cohen Presents

The perpetually dapper and debonair Leonard Cohen was in his element at the Jan 16, 2012 Old Ideas press conference held at the elite, elegant Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.

Cohen’s responses to the queries at the press conference were, as one would expect, predominantly based on his classical forms.

He opened, for example, with a reflex genuflection to the country of the venue (for the record, Leonard Cohen has also presented his credentials for a special relationship with Canada, Ireland,  Spain, and several other countries.). Asked if he had a special relationship with France, Cohen responded

I always believed that the tradition in which I speak, the song was particularly well understood here in France.1

Similarly, he again attributed the remission of his many years of depression to the notion that with old age, one loses a certain kind of brain cells responsible for causing anxiety,  he once more  explained the difference between clinical depression and ordinary disappointment, and revealed, for the 30th time, his passion for flamenco.

Dominique Issermann

There was, however, a bit of new material.

The album is called Old Ideas. These are just eternal themes that I have always been treated and that affect us all. Ordinary, everyday questions, nothing more.2

Probably the most significant new expression from the press conference has to do with the inclusion of blues songs on the album:

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  1. Nouvel album de Leonard Cohen: un très bon cru by Olivier Nuc. Le Figaro. Jan 17, 2012 []
  2. Les bonnes vieilles idées de Leonard Cohen by Hugo Cassavetti (Telerama: Jan 16, 2012) via Google Translate. []

Photo: Dimitra Bumps Into Leonard Cohen At Toronto Drug Store

Fascinating Photos: Sept 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert

These shots from the September 2, 2012 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Show are striking not only because of their superior technical qualities and their compositional aesthetics but also because they capture meaningful moments of the performance that are often missed in the press coverage of these concerts.

These photos are the work of Aarno Sundgren, Finland (fi.), who has more photos of Leonard Cohen and others on display at that link.

Originally posted Sept 13, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: Leonard Cohen At His Los Angeles Home A Few Weeks Before His Death

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Photo by Mark Romanek, who met Leonard 30+ years earlier:

About 30 years ago, Romanek was wandering around the campus of his alma mater, Ithaca College, when he saw a man who looked an awful lot like Leonard Cohen striding towards him. “As I got closer I went, ‘Oh, my god. That is Leonard Cohen,’” the director remembers. “Suddenly he was two feet in front of me, and I just impulsively said, ‘Mr. Cohen, my name is Mark. Your music is so important to me, and I’m such a fan of yours.’” Cohen thanked him for his kind words and then — in an act that nearly gave Romanek a panic attack — invited him out for ice cream. “He was with some friends — a beautiful woman and some other person — and he said, ‘Hey, we’re going for ice cream. Why don’t you come with us?’ I was sort of shocked, and I almost was afraid… Somewhere in the back of my mind I said, ‘Well, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life if you turn him down.’” Sadly, Romanek does not remember what flavor Leonard Cohen ordered.

From Kanye to Leonard Cohen, Video Director Mark Romanek’s Photos Give Intimate Glimpse Into a Guarded World: Exclusive by Ryan Pfeffer (Billboard: 1/11/2017)

Mark Romanek also filmed Video: Leonard Cohen’s Exquisite Performance Of Suzanne – July 14, 2012 Los Angeles Rehearsal