My first paying job was touring Europe singing back-ground for Leonard Cohen, the folk poet. That was my first honest-to-God real job. I really learned a lot from that because I was behind a performer who is very big in Europe. I was on-stage for the first time in front of 8,000 people. I could make my mistakes behind him rather than doing it cold on my own.
Laura Branigan: a shining new star by Dick Clark. The Times-News: Dec. 7, 1982. Photo property of John Miller
“[My voice is the result of] about 500 tons of whiskey and millions of cigarettes.”1
From the materials on the chair beside Leonard, including a lighter, a well-used ash tray, and two packs of cigarettes (different brands: Vantage & Marlboro), it appears he was hard at work on those “millions of cigarettes” in this session.
More information about Leonard Cohen’s smoking is available at From The Smokey Life To Anti-smoking Ad Soundtrack.
July 16, 2009 Leonard Cohen Langesund Concert
Photos: Anders Ø. Gimse, Rock Photography (Rock Photography can be found on Facebook)
OK, That’s Not Lucca But “Vacate Viareggio” Doesn’t Scan
These especially gratifying photos of Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson as they leave the Unified Heart Touring Company’s hotel in Viareggio (ten minutes from the Lucca concert venue) en route to Hamburg, the site of the next Leonard Cohen show (July 14, 2013), are the work of Szilvia Szanto
Note: Originally posted July 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Left to right: Duchess, DrHGuy, & Kezban Özcan. Photo by Leonard Cohen
Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant since 2007, has appeared frequently in entries at Cohencentric and its predecessor sites. Kezban Özcan Talks About What It’s Like To Be Leonard Cohen’s Assistant is, in fact, one of the most popular posts among Cohen fans. Today [date of original post: Aug 29, 2014] she responds to a couple of questions from readers.
The two bearded gents flanking Leonard Cohen in the above photo, posted at An Unrecognized Leonard Cohen Poses At Photographer’s Request – West Village, NYC July 28, 2014, are the owners of Entwine, the Turkish eatery in the background. They are also friends of Kezban, who testifies to the excellence of their offerings and recommends the place to anyone who finds himself or herself in New York.
Kezban & The Cat
As reported previously, Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see above photo) who had roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen. Asked the name of the cat, Kezban writes,
The cat’s name is Jackson, but I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that 🙂
Credit Due Department: First photo by Leonard Cohen. Second photo (at Entwine) by Enrique Avilés. Third photo (of DrHGuy, Leonard Cohen, and Jackson) by Penny Showalter.
Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric