Video: Leonard Cohen’s Gleeful Performance Of First We Take Manhattan – Berlin 2012

Leonard Cohen Takes Berlin; Audience Colludes

The screenshot atop this post shows Leonard Cohen having just announced his intention to take Berlin; he seems happy about the outcome, eh? And, he follows the song with by jauntily skipping offstage. What’s not to like?

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Berlin: Sept 5, 2012
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Originally posted Sept 6, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace) – London 1970

Leonard Cohen performed Please Don’t Pass Me By (A Disgrace) only three times, all during the 1970 Tour. The version featured on Leonard Cohen Live Songs (released 1973) was recorded at the May 10, 1970 Royal Albert Hall show. Thanks to Vagn Jensen, who suggested this song.

“I kind of re-introduced [The Partisan] into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t” Leonard Cohen Performs The Partisan – Montreal 2012


[‘The Partisan’] was written during or after World War II by a Frenchman; it’s a resistance song. I kind of re-introduced it into the world of popular music. I feel I wrote it, but I actually didn’t. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

The above quotation is from Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). DrHGuy Note: The Partisan, a song from the French Resistance written by Anna Marly and Emmanuel d’Astier in 1943. More information can be found at The Origins Of The Partisan.

Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
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Video: “Thank You, Friends” – Leonard Cohen Thanks 2013 Pula Audience For Completing I’m Your Man

“Thank You, Friends” Version Of I’m Your Man

The 2008-2013 Leonard Cohen tours were marked by audience participation, most notably the So Long, Marianne singalongs (for example, at the 2013 London show). Today’s post features the audience providing the final “I’m your man” for the song of the same name and Leonard responding “Thank You, Friends.”

The video automatically begins with the final verse, about 30 seconds before the final “I’m your man.”

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Pula: August 2, 2013
Video:  Sasa Stojanovic

Compare with The “That’s Right” Version Of I’m Your Man From The 2013 Leonard Cohen Oslo Concert.

Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video. Originally posted Aug 24, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About Poetry As A Way To Win Women’s Hearts, Country Music, His Chop, His London Landlady, L.A. & Catastrophe, Performs Democracy, The Future, & Dance Me To The End of Love On Later With Jools Holland – 1993

Featuring Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla

This video offers the complete Later With Jools Holland show (BBC), taped May 12, 1993 and broadcast May 14, 1993, featuring Leonard Cohen. It includes an informative and entertaining interview with Leonard, a 1967 clip of Leonard & Julie Felix performing Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye, and Leonard’s stellar performances of Democracy, The Future, and Dance Me To The End Of Love with Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla.

Update: The complete show video is no longer online. Instead, see


Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video

Video: 45 Seconds Of 2008 Leonard Cohen Soundcheck Fun

A Leonard Cohen Teaser

This brief video shows Leonard Cohen and his musicians rehearsing “Ain’t No Cure For Love” on a sweltering July day in 2008. The location and exact date are not given, but based on the month and year provided (July 2008) and that stage platform with the white markings, I suspect this rehearsal took place before the July 1, 2008 Leonard Cohen concert in Oslo.

Seeing Leonard and company in civilian clothes, The Webb Sisters & Sharon Robinson moving to the music, and Leonard rehearsing kneeling before Javier Mas is a treat.

Note: The first 27 seconds of the video is a 2007 Lou Reed soundcheck. The video player should automatically begin 27 seconds into the film with Leonard Cohen rehearsing; if not, simply advance the video to that mark or enjoy Lou Reed.

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Note: Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric