The Sublimities – Webb Sisters & Dominique Boile – Meet At 2012 Ghent Leonard Cohen-Fest

Ongoing readers will be unsurprised to discover that when Dominique Boile met Charley and Hattie Webb in Ghent, he came away with not only an autographed CD but also some outstanding photos.

Dominique also provided the following information in response to my queries:

  • “The beautiful young blonde woman dressed in black is Maarten’s [Maarten Massa’s] wife [Wenche]. She has given many presents to the Webb Sisters.”
  • “In the jar carried by Hattie there is Advocaat met Chocolade, a Ghent specialty.” (Advocaat, according to Wikipedia, is a traditional Dutch rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy.)

Originally posted August 16, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[At the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival] they were booing everybody except Leonard Cohen” Kris Kristofferson

Tension had been rising at the festival for days. The promoters had expected a hundred and fifty thousand people but half a million more turned up, many with no intention of paying. Even after the promoters were forced to declare it a free festival, ill will remained. During a set by Kris Kristofferson, bottles were thrown and he was booed offstage. “They were booing everybody,” says Kristofferson. “Except Leonard Cohen.”

From I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Promotional photo contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Sept 29, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Close-up Leonard Cohen Photos From August 21, 2012 Amsterdam Concert

Theoretically, there may be close-up photos of Leonard Cohen performing in Amsterdam that are superior to these stellar shots  – but if so, I haven’t seen them. (To properly appreciate these, click on images to enlarge.) Photos by Ben Houdijk. Please do not re-post without photographer’s permission.

Originally posted August 23, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: Aug 12, 2012 Ghent Leonard Cohen Soundcheck

These scenes from the soundcheck preceding the August 12, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent concert and the behind the scenes shots are rarely seen because these soundchecks and backstage areas are routinely closed to civilians. A special thanks is thereby extended to Jarkko & Eija Arjatsalo, who have graciously shared their photos. Jarkko is, of course, webmaster of LeonardCohenFiles.

Especially noteworthy is the photo atop this post of Leonard Cohen on his knees at soundcheck (perfectionists rehearse everything) with Javier Mas in background.

Originally posted August 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: When Ghent Was The Center Of Leonard Cohen World – 2012

I am impressed by the the photo atop this post which dramatically spotlights the striking venue, and I am taken by the tone of the other three pre-concert photos shown below.

The final photo of Leonard Cohen leaving the scene at Closing Time speaks for itself.

These evocative photos were posted at and are copyrighted by This Is Belgium. Originally posted August 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric