Photos: Leonard Cohen & The Wellington Waterfront Busker – Jan 16, 2009

Leonard Cohen & The Wellington Waterfront Busker

Leonard Cohen’s 2009 Pacific Tour began with a January 20, 2009 show in Wellington, New Zealand. Photographer Des Pitfield at CVC Studios took these shots of the singer-songwriter taking in the Wellington, New Zealand waterfront on January 16, 2009 and described what he saw:

I watched as Leonard wandered along the Wellington waterfront that day. He was in New Zealand for a concert tour.. There was a busker [seen at the top right quadrant of the 2nd photo] right playing guitar and mouth organ using a small amp. Leonard put some money into his guitar case and I said to my friend I bet that guy has no idea who just gave him a dollar.. he nodded a thank you but kept playing …

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Note: Originally posted Dec 1, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Rare Leonard Cohen Vinyl 45 RPM – Dress Rehearsal Rag & Avalanche

Dominique BOILE writes a succinct explanation of (1) the rarity of this record and his motivation for acquiring it:

For more than forty years I have searched for every vinyl 45 rpm of Leonard Cohen’s songs. I had never seen this one before. So I bought it.

Dominique also notes that is there is no specified side A or side B in this Canadian 45 which features Dress Rehearsal Rag & Avalanche (perfect for parties and sock hops).

Note: Originally posted October 18, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Bob Dylan And Bob Dylan On Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen’s comment about Bob Dylan being awarded the Nobel Prize, “It’s like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain,” is a notable but hardly exclusive manifestation of the interface between the preeminent bards of contemporary music. Since the 1960s, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan shared what Larry “Ratso” Sloman has called “a relationship of tremendous mutual respect.”

A collection of posts about the interface between Leonard Cohen & Bob Dylan, including their opinions of each other, their interactions, and their occasional differences can be found at ce

Credits: Leonard’s evaluation of Bob Dylan is from a 1994 Q Magazine interview (photo courtesy of Leonard Cohen); Bob Dylan’s assessment of Leonard is from the 2016 New Yorker Leonard Cohen profile by David Remnick (photo by Alberto Cabello via Wikipedia Commons).

Video From Oana Maria Cajal: Leonard Cohen In The Magic Garden Of Hat Productions


For Everything There Is A Season

Oana Maria Cajal, whose evocative, Leonard Cohen-themed videos have been cherished features at Cohencentric and its predecessor sites provides this description of herself:

I am a poet, a playwright, a painter. I believe the poetry created the world. My hobby: Survival! My message is urgent: In the Spotlight of Death, Life shines in its brightest colors. Celebrate! This very second! Right Now!

While her previous videos, reflecting that urgency, have been fast-paced, almost hectic, today’s offering is less dramatically driven but equally intense and compelling.

Leonard Cohen In The Magic Garden Of Hat Productions

Autumn was never more beautiful to our souls, tired of death.
For Balcica and Teo, Oct. 14, Saint-Sauveur.

Posts featuring work by this artist are collected at . Originally posted Oct 18, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

5 Concerts / 5 Albums: MAC Presents A Leonard Cohen Concert Series

As part of the November 9, 2017 – April 9, 2018 Leonard Cohen Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will offer five concert, each featuring Montreal musicians performing a Cohen album in its entirety, in an intimate setting at la Salle Gesù.

Concert Series

I’m Your Man: Nov 30, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Little Scream
Martha Wainwright
Thus Owls

New Skin For The Old Ceremony: Dec 14, 2017, 8:30 p.m.
Pierre Kwenders
Katie Moore

Songs From A Room: Jan 18, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Marie-Pierre Arthur
Laura Sauvage

The Future: Feb 15, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Dear Criminals
Un Blonde

Songs Of Leonard Cohen : March 28, 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Cœur De Pirate
Ariane Moffatt

More information, including access to tickets is available at


Thanks to Mimi Lela, who alerted me to this event and who took the photo atop this post

Leonard Cohen Employs Sergio Leone, Motown, Bubble Gum For A “Different Twist” On First We Take Manhattan

Without that Sergio Leone-Eastwood track it would have been truly demented geopolitical fantasy. But with that soundtrack and with the Motown chorus veering over to bubble gum, you get a different twist on the thingquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Folk-Rock’s Poet Laureate Returns By Jeff Bradley. AP story, printed in Times Daily – Sept 3, 1988. Originally posted Nov 13, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric