“[Leonard Cohen’s 1972 Tour] went on 24 hours a day and my health is ruined. There are only two people I would do that for – Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen.” Jennifer Warnes


From Leonard Cohen Tour A Smash by Mike Jahn (The Palm Beach Post: May 14, 1972). Photo is screen capture from the Bird On The Wire documentary

Note: Originally posted September 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Jennifer Warnes on Leonard Cohen as a “real catalyst” with a “shakeup personality”

[Leonard Cohen] has a way of crystallizing thing for people that allows you to let go of a lot of shit that you otherwise would hang on to. It’s intoxicating. He’s a real catalyst; he has a real shakeup personality.quotedown2

Jennifer Warnes


From Jenny Takes A Ride by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987).

Note: Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More Leonard Cohen Favourite Games – Unified Heart Touring Company Teammates

olyCohencentric published a three-part survey of Leonard Cohen’s sports (see The Favourite Games Of Leonard Cohen: Part 1, Part 2. and Part 3) to commemorate the Rio 2016 Olympics, Now, we offer a few examples of athletic efforts by the folks who work with Leonard.

The Webb Sisters – Gymnastics


Roscoe Beck – Tandem Dancing Partner


Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – (Very) Freestyle Dancing


Jennifer Warnes & Sharon Robinson – Duet Floor Exercises


The Webb Sisters – Synchronized Nordic Skiing


Rafael Gayol – Javelin Throw

Note the unorthodox over the shoulder style


Hear, Download 1994 Interview With Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes, & Suzanne Vega


Leonard talks about his platonic relationship with Suzanne Verdal, the then-girlfriend of sculptor Armand Vaillancourt and the inspiration for the song, Suzanne, his life with Marianne, his collaboration with Phil Spector, and more. Offering insights and observations are Jennifer Warnes , who sang in his live band and recorded an album of his songs, and Suzanne Vega, who was moved by his music while a teenager.

This Nov 26, 1994 BBC program can be heard at or downloaded from

BBC Kaleidoscope: Leonard Cohen 1994

Leonard Cohen was “on the verge of becoming the American incarnation of Kurt Weill”


In the 1960s the relentlessly introspective, dark-toned songs of Leonard Cohen made him a cult figure. He seemed, in fact, on the verge of becoming the American incarnation of Kurt Weill … His cult has continued, albeit with limitations, but he never became the major focus of attention that this marvelous album of his songs will make him if there’s any justice in the pop music world. (That is, of course, a big “if.”) quotedown2


From Picks and Pans Review: Famous Blue Raincoat [a review of Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat] by Ralph Novak, Andrew Abrahams, & Mary Shaughnessy. People: Nov 24, 1986.

Note: Originally posted November 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Droll, Deadpan Version – ZDF-TV 1979

rockpopThis is the fourth post in the Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine series examining “Memories” by Leonard Cohen.

Now, this is fun …

ZDF-TV Rockpop Special Memories Video

Leonard Cohen – Memories
ZDF-TV Studio in München, Deutschland: October 31, 1979
Part of a set recorded for later broadcast1

OK, if you don’t recognize that this is a funny video after viewing it – and an amazing number of folks don’t – I probably can’t persuade you. Nonetheless, my humanitarian obligation to you as a fellow inhabitant of this planet is to at least attempt to rescue you from your tragic misperception. So, we’ll be taking a look at  Leonard’s humor, the backup singers (Jennifer Warnes and Sharon Robinson) choreography, and the inspirational Frankie Laine. Buckle up.
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  1. According to the YouTube notes, the band at that taping included “Leonard Cohen – vocals, acoustic guitar, blues harp, Sharon Robinson – vocals, Jennifer Warnes – vocals, Mitch Watkins – guitars, Roscoe Beck – bass, Raffi Hakopian – violin, John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin, Paul Ostermeyer – wind, Bill Ginn – keyboards, Steve Meador – drums.” Leonard Cohen Live lists the the complete set taped that day as follows: “1. Bird On The Wire, 2. The Guests, 3. So Long, Marianne, 4. The Window, 5. Famous Blue Raincoat, 6. Passin’ Through, 7. Memories, 8. The Guests (2), 9. Suzanne, -. The Partisan.” That same source notes that “tracks #1-2 were broadcasted on ZDF-TV ‘Rock-Pop,’ November 10, 1979” and “tracks #3-9 were broadcasted on ZDF-TV ‘Rock-Pop Special,’ December 2, 1979.” []

Jennifer Warnes On Leonard Cohen’s “Jenny Sings Lenny” Cover Art


“This is, in fact, the true cover and unofficial title”

During the recording of the album that would be released as Famous Blue Raincoat in Spring 1986, Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes had dinner at Mario’s Italian Restaurant in Hollywood. Leonard pulled a pen from his breast pocket, moved his plate aside, and drew the sketch shown above on his white paper placemat.

To me, this little drawing was sacred and private, and I secretly resisted it into an advertisement. Leonard, however, has never forgiven me for not using it on the cover. But among those of us who worked on this recording, of which I am deeply proud, this is, in fact, the true cover and unofficial title.quotedown2

Jennifer Warnes


From Jenny Sings Lenny by Jennifer Warnes in Take This Waltz: A Celebration of Leonard Cohen, Edited by Michael Fournier and Ken Norris (The Muses Company, Quebec, Canada: 1994)