Leonard Cohen Net Worth = $20,000,000 According To Celebrities Money Site

OK, I know nothing about the accuracy of this information although there is a section that describes the sources. The site administrator’s self-description falls a tad short of reassuring:

I am big Sports fan. Besides this I watch Hollywood movies and love to listen hip hop music. I am doing blogging since 2010. People call me Saleem Mumtaz. This website is all about famous world stars net worth and their salaries details.

The site does correctly list Leonard Cohen’s middle name (Norman) and birth date (September 21, 1934) so it’s got that going on for it. And, you gotta love the false precision of its calculations (e.g., earnings from “The Future/Ten New Songs” = $869,565; Cohen’s 2014 net worth = $18,181,819).

I recommend readers forgo that willing suspension of disbelief thing and instead apply an implicit “For Amusement Only” disclaimer.

The following net worth summary chart is from Leonard Cohen Net worth – Singer, songwriter, poet, novelist. [Update: This site is no longer online – SURPRISE!]

Leonard Cohen Singer, songwriter, poet, novelist net worth in these years (USD)
2011 10,256,410
2012 13,559,322
2013 16,666,667
2014 18,181,819
2015 20,000,000

Originally posted 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I wanted to have a poet in my life again. In a way, the similarities and differences between Allen [Ginsberg] and Leonard [Cohen] are so interesting to me.” Philip Glass

glassworkwithlcFrom A Glass half empty is topped up by Penelope Debelle (theage.com.au: 1 March 2008). The article, available at the link, is an in-depth consideration of Glass’s work with Leonard Cohen in the context of Glass’s previous collaboration with Ginsberg. The film referenced in the article can be viewed at Philip Glass on Working with Leonard Cohen.

Originally posted Mar 1, 2008 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Leonard Cohen] resisted the temptations of technical mastery or earthly rewards or critical praise and went on looking for the one way he could be true to his own passions. He found it the moment he picked up a guitar and started writing songs, and he remained true to it even when the singer’s life took its toll.” Liel Leibovitz

Liel Leibovitz: From Q&A With Liel Leibovitz, Author Of A Broken Hallelujah

“The great Leonard Cohen… sat in with us in the name of friendship and generosity” The Story Behind Leonard Cohen’s Performance On “Elvis’ Rolls Royce” By Was (Not Was)


Leonard Cohen once quoted Krishna’s words to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: “You’ll never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment.” Leonard’s performance on Elvis’ Rolls Royce by Was (Not Was) may well be one such moment, but what we do know of the back story is entertaining and even inspirational.

I’ve been posting about Leonard’s work on Elvis’ Rolls Royce since 2007 (see Video: Elvis’ Rolls Royce Featuring Leonard Cohen By Was (Not Was) – “I Really Love It!” Don Was) but didn’t know how the song originated or why Leonard was recruited as a guest vocalist until I read this account by David Was:

A few years before meeting Leonard in New York City, I’d been in London for a stretch, playing some live shows and hanging around at my label, Phonogram Records, on New Bond Street, just down the road from Sotheby’s auction house. I noticed a commotion there one afternoon, and soon discovered that one of Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royces was going up for sale, and that they’d parked it on the street to promote the event.

I hung about for the better part of an hour, taking notes and snapshots and wondering if I might sell a wee story to Rolling Stone, but instead wound up turning my observations into a song entitled, yes, Elvis’s Rolls Royce. I’d always been a big fan of country singer Red Sovine’s gothic trucker anthem, Phantom 309, wherein “Big Joe”—the ghost of a dead long-haul wheel-man—picked up stray hitchhikers in the middle of the night and delivered them safely to their destinations. Corny and spooky—that’s a neat trick to pull off in a song.

I tried to do the same, but with an elegant Rolls Royce standing in for a lumbering 18-wheeler. In the course of four verses, I set the scene, imagined myself hijacking The King’s chariot, and then speeding away with great bravado (I made a left at Parliament and hit the pedal hard/ Tipped my hat and smiled as I passed by Scotland Yard ), not stopping until I’d crossed the Atlantic and delivered the sacred vehicle back to Graceland, where it rightly belonged.

I finished the lyric later that night, then gave it to my partner, Don Was, to set to music, and was a little shocked when he delivered a sexy, Barry White-style R&B groove instead of a pedal-steel guitar-driven, rockabilly ballad in the style of Mr. Sovine. When it came time to cut a vocal, Barry White was unavailable so we called our dark-throated friend Leonard Cohen to see if he’d take a crack at it. A day later we booked a studio in the heart of Hollywood and waited for the great man to appear.

As soon as Leonard arrived, donned as usual in a black suit, white shirt and tie (in the middle of a summer day, no less), he took me aside and asked how long it had taken for me to write the song in question. I estimated that I’d spent the better part of an hour or two on the lyric, at which point he flattered me by saying that “not a word nor syllable” was out of place, and that it took him around “six years, on average” to complete a song.

Leonard coasted through a couple of takes that day, lending the lyric a palpable gravitas it perhaps didn’t quite deserve, but which transformed the song from a wry fantasy into a dirge-like paean to rock-stars past, and the fate of their worldly belongings. The music was better suited to a lyric like Mr. White’s It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me, but beggars can’t be choosers—the great Leonard Cohen had sat in with us in the name of friendship and generosity, and we were well-pleased at the unusual result.

From Leonard Cohen Smiles Down on Us From the ‘Tower of Song’ by David Weiss (Newsweek: Nov 11, 2016).

Video: Leonard Cohen & Was (Not Was) – Elvis’ Rolls Royce

Video by Allan Showalter

“Sometimes I’d return home to find [Leonard Cohen] had recited a new song into my answer machine and I’d marvel at how fortunate I was” Jennifer Warnes

jenn-lennI recently noted that, as Leonard Cohen memories go, it’s hard to beat David Weiss’s:

My most lasting memory of Leonard Cohen is of a night we spent together at a Tom Waits concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

Well, Jennifer Warnes may have a winner:

Sometimes I’d return home to find [Leonard] had recited a new song into my answer machine.

From Leonard Cohen – as remembered by Jennifer Warnes by Marcus Webb (low Journalism: 7 November 2016). The photo atop this post was a gift from Jennifer Warnes.

David Was asks Leonard Cohen “if Buddhism or amphetamines would be more efficacious when it came time to squeeze out a new album’s worth of songs.”


David Was: Leonard confessed to using his Zen practice to alleviate a “sense of despair” that he’d always had, but also to find his voice again, to fuel another bout with the muse. When I was going through a serious episode of writer’s block, I asked him if Buddhism or amphetamines would be more efficacious when it came time to squeeze out a new album’s worth of songs. 

Speed is incredibly useful when you are at a loss for lyrical inspiration. But I warn you: you will have to be prepared to have a nervous breakdown in your fifties, as happened to me.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


David Was: I polished off my tequila and cranberry and thanked him for his sage advice.

Leonard Cohen Smiles Down on Us From the ‘Tower of Song’ by David Weiss (Newsweek: Nov 11, 2016). David Weiss aka David Was founded, along With his stage-brother Don Was, the pop group Was (Not Was). The tequila and cranberry drink David Was polished off was a Red Needle, a  cocktail concocted by Mr Cohen.

: Leonard commented with some frequency on the use of stimulants such as amphetamine and Ritalin in dealing with his depression. A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution. Leonard also, however, gave accounts of using speed during some creative endeavors such as Beautiful Losers (see The Miracle Of The Storks: Leonard Cohen Talks About His Breakdown & Recovery After Writing Beautiful Losers) and Death Of A Ladies’ Man.

The Posthumous Leonard Cohen Album: I’ve Got A Little Secret – Rumor Mill


Nobody Tells Me Nothin’ – Officially

Since posting Is A New Leonard Cohen Album In The Making?, I’ve heard from two individuals belonging to the in the know category, both of whom have proved reliable informants in the past – but neither of whom, it transpires, is the Pope speaking ex cathedra, who declare that the only question about the release of a posthumous Leonard Cohen album is not if but when.

Now, Nobody Tells Me Nothin’ – Officially has long been the byword for my Leonard Cohen sites. Consequently, I cannot vouch for the accuracy or validity of this claim beyond what I have been told, and this is certainly not the equivalent of a guarantee or, indeed, anything more significant than “How about that.” So, caveat emptor, King’s X, no backsies…

On the other hand, DrHGuy’s prognostications have turned out to be accurate in the past. Check out, for example,

And consider this Jan 21, 2009 1HeckOfAGuy.com (a predecessor of Cohencentric) post:

Looks Like A Go: Leonard Cohen To Open U.S. Tour April 2nd In Austin

I have been informed, after a few inquires, that Roscoe Beck, a resident of Austin and the Musical Director of The Leonard Cohen Tour, had sent an email to his friends there, warning them that, since his allotment of complementary tickets was exhausted and Cohen’s shows were selling out rapidly, sometimes within minutes, those wishing to attend the concert should act immediately when seats went on sale. The email also had a link to the ticket sales site. None of this is, of course, a guarantee, and currently, no tickets are on sale for a Cohen concert in Austin and no mention of a Cohen concert is yet on the Long Center schedule, but it looks like Leonard Cohen fans in, around, and within traveling distance of Austin may be needing these Long Center seating charts soon.

And shortly thereafter, I posted this:

Sometimes you get lucky.

For something a tad more eerie, see Leonard Cohen Reveals Story Behind The Mystery Of His 1978 Bracelet.

We’ll see what happens with the Posthumous Leonard Cohen Album

Leonard Cohen & Dominique Boile In Paris: 1993-2013


Leonard Cohen with Dominique Boile & friends (Dominique is third from left)- After 1993 Paris concert. Photo by Dominique Issermann.

Leonard Cohen In Paris By Dominique Boile

Note: The following text was written in 2014 for Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen.1 I’ve added links to pertinent posts and Dominique’s photos.

Leonard Cohen once said:

My songs last about as long as a Volvo — about 30 years.

Leonard Cohen was wrong.

In 1971, when I was 15, I discovered his songs. Now, in 2014, I am 58, and I am still listening to his golden voice. Those first songs of his are nearly as old as I am. The songs Leonard Cohen released since 1967 are played all over the world every day and thousands come to his concerts to hear these songs. How many 1967 Volvos are running these days?

In the years to come, those of us alive now – including Leonard Cohen himself – will not be here. Will automobiles made by Volvo exist a hundred years from now? But Leonard’s songs live on!

I attended my first Leonard Cohen concert on September 7, 1974 in Paris. Since then, I’ve experienced that magic at nearly twenty of his shows, but my fondest memories are the four times I’ve met the man offstage.

On May 13, 1993, Leonard is on stage at Le Zenith in Paris, and I am in the audience. After the concert, there are 13 irrepressible Cohen fans – as many girls as boys – waiting two hours outside where the sweetness of the Parisian night makes us patient …

We see Carole Laure. Leonard, however, has not come out of the concert hall. We convince a member of the security service to let our man know that this group has only one desire: to meet him.

Finally, at 1:30 AM, Leonard, hand in hand with Dominique Issermann, arrives before us. So, Leonard Cohen – at 1:30 in the morning, after a long concert, with his lover and friends waiting for him – devotes half an hour to 13 young fans, talking to us, autographing albums, programs and whatever else we ask him to sign.

It was magic!

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  1. Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen is a book presented to the Canadian singer-songwriter in celebration of his 80th birthday, comprising stories and essays by fans that put their experience of Cohen’s music into words. Kim Gorsuch, who has long admired Cohen, came up with the idea and organized the project, gathering the pieces and photos online for printing into a hardbound volume. []