Greek Military Junta Of 1967–1974
After the April 21, 1967 Greek coup d’éta which signaled the start of the oppressive Regime of the Colonels, many foreigners, especially foreigners who were celebrities, who lived in or even visited Greece were criticized for implicitly supporting the military junta. Leonard Cohen was among those denounced because of his ownership of a home in Hydra.
From Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira Nadel:
At the 1970 Leonard Cohen Aix-en-Provence concert, some in the audience called Cohen a fascist, accusing him of condoning The Regime of the Colonels” in Greece because Cohen had lived and continued to own a residence on Hydra. Cohen’s reply follows:
I have not spent much time when The Colonels were there. Most of the time I spent there was in the 60’s, but I had friends there for it all, and I had a life. It is not a question of supporting the so and so or something like that!1
Earlier during the 1970 tour, however, at the May 12 Paris show, Cohen had included a “tribute to the opposition to the Greek colonels.” This excerpt is from Leonard Cohen Scores In Paris by Tim Creery (Montreal Gazette: May 14, 1970):
After the intermission he dedicated an anti-Nazi song aux etudiants assassines in the U.S. and the show ended with a tribute to the opposition to the Greek colonels.
- From Encyclopaedia Universalis – Leonard Cohen – Le Partisan via Google Translate [↩]