“I think that in the final moment, Phil [Spector] couldn’t resist annihilating me. I don’t think he can tolerate any other shadows in his darkness.” Leonard Cohen

DrHGuy Note: I suspect that in that situation, I would have said something along the lines of “He was mean to me because he’s rotten.” This is why Leonard Cohen is a poet-songwriter-icon and I’m a blogger.

From Leonard Cohen Obscured…A Haunting by Spector by Stephen Holden. Rolling Stone: January 26, 1978.

Q: What is your political stance? Leonard Cohen: “Pure Survival”


What is your political stance?

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It is a stance of pure survival. I believe that a human being must defend his beliefs against wind and tide. Whatever position he believes he has to adopt, he must do so. If you think you have to fight, you must, and if you think you should hide, do that. That is my political stance – a question of survivalquotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Words And Silences by Constantino Romero (1974). Republished in Rockdelux 356 (December 2016). Via Google Translate. Photo by Pete Purnell

Leonard Cohen Writing About & Playing Pinball Machines

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I had a lot of fun with [Leonard Cohen]. He was a completely weird guy, who liked to go around the streets of Montreal and play pinball. And I liked to play pinball, too, so that was a great bond that we had, in the beginning.

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John Hammond

 

Leonard Cohen – Singer, Songwriter, Poet, Novelist, Icon, and Pinball Wizard – takes on the Monster Bash pinball machine at his hotel in Copenhagen during his 2008 tour. This magnificent photo was shot & shared by Joseph S. Carenza III. (Please do not repost without photographer’s permission). The John Hammond quote is from The John Hammond Years – Interview with John Hammond and Leonard Cohen. BBC: September 20, 1986. Accessed 30 March 2015 at LeonardCohenFiles.

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Flippers, of course, have destroyed the sport by legalizing the notion of the second chancequotedown2

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From Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s Best (Unpublished) Response To An Interviewer’s Question

Dan Cairns: Do you ever – not literally, but figuratively – turn a corner and bump into yourself?

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I’m worried about you, Danquotedown2

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From the Dan Cairns–Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. While some of that questionnaire was incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, that’s some way to say goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23 2016), this specific response was not used in the final article. Graphic based on a photo by Kezban Özcan.

“Religion can be a purification system…that allows you to pass from the ‘not clean’ world to the ‘clean’ world [and back]” Leonard Cohen

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What is your idea of sin?

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There is a difference between what is ‘clean’ and what is not. The notion of ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ today would be called vibrations. It is the feeling that tells you where you should be and where you should not be. But as we cannot always be in the ‘clean’ world, sometimes we touch the ‘not clean’ world. Religion can be a purification system, a technique, a method that allows you to pass from the ‘not clean’ world to the ‘clean’ world. A system to prepare you for the ‘clean’ world and once you are there, another system to give you enough strength to pass again to the ‘not clean’ world. Because man cannot always be in a ‘clean’ world nor in a ‘not clean’ world. For me, religion is that movement between the two worlds. quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Words And Silences by Constantino Romero. Vibrations 2 (November 1974). Republished in Rockdelux 356 (December 2016). Via Google Translate. Photo by Pete Purnell

Now Online: Leonard Cohen Interviewed By Danny Fields At The Chelsea Hotel, 1974

Danny Fields’ interview of Leonard Cohen was originally published as Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself in the Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974. It is now available online at Leonard Cohen Interviewed By Danny Fields At The Chelsea Hotel, 1974 (PleaseKillMe.com: January 18, 2018)

This piece is redolent with Leonard Cohen gems. Ongoing Cohencentric readers may recognize several quotations from this piece, including

It’s a treat: Leonard Cohen Interviewed By Danny Fields At The Chelsea Hotel, 1974