Data Chart: Leonard Cohen Studio Albums Popularity On Spotify – With Bruce Springsteen Comparison

Chart By Ed Abel, a computer science researcher at The University of Manchester, who has produced similar charts for the albums of several bands (e.g., Metallica, Beatles, Cold Play). While our interest is in Leonard’s work, I’ve included, for comparison, a chart displaying analogous data for Bruce Springsteen studio albums.

Thanks to Marie M, who alerted me to this presentation.

“He was extremely charismatic with a wonderfully clever and quick sense of humour.” Roz Van Zaig, Leonard Cohen’s Stepsister, Talks About Leonard, Esther, & Masha

Back, from left: Roz Ostrow Van Zaig, Eddie Van Zaig, Leonard Cohen. Front: Esther ohen

Yesterday’s post, Photo: Leonard Cohen At Family Wedding – 1956, drew so much interest that I went into my archives to unearth these never before published observations by Rosalind (Roz) Van Zaig nee Ostrow, Leonard Cohen’s stepsister and the bride in that 1956 wedding photo (thanks to Jodi Van Zaig, her daughter, who collected and forwarded this information):

The relationship between Leonard and his sister Esther was very good as she was a librarian who graduated from McGill summa cum laude. She and Leonard were able to have interesting conversations dealing with various authors.

My relationship with Leonard was friendly, he was very easy to get along with. He excelled at debates and was president of McGill debating society. When home, most of his time was spent writing or strumming the guitar. I did hear him play at home with his friends and alone.

He had many friends from all different walks of life and a few very close friends. He had girlfriends, girls were crazy about him.

He was extremely charismatic with a wonderfully clever and quick sense of humour.

His mother was Russian; she had an earthiness and sexiness about her. She was subject to mood swings and was not consistent in this way.

Warning Sign #25: You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If –

When you saw someone on Twitter claiming that Leonard Cohen was currently chowing down on a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish in your hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, you immediately – despite knowing that he gave a concert in Oslo the previous night – headed to Mickey D’s … just in case.

Since the publication of the official criteria for the prototypical Leonard Cohen Fan Diagnosis, 301.LC Cohenphilic Personality Disorder, the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Fan Disorders Asylum and Sanitarium has received numerous messages asking if one or another behavior is a symptom characteristic of a Leonard Cohen fan. Consequently, Cohencentric is publishing, as a public service, signs which indicate that one is at high risk of being a full-fledged Leonard Cohen fan.

All published You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at the You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … Page

“I didn’t have to knock, the gate was open, and the gatekeepers showed me the way. Talk about symbolism.” A Visit to Leonard Cohen’s Unmarked Grave By Gary Singh

As I skulked into the cemetery, a few maintenance workers were standing there, just inside the gate. Before I said a word, they looked at me and said, “Cohen? He’s right over there.” They pointed a few gravestones over. They knew exactly who I was looking for, without me even asking. In other words, I didn’t have to knock, the gate was open, and the gatekeepers showed me the way. Talk about symbolism.

From A Visit to Leonard Cohen’s Unmarked Grave by Gary Singh (Metroactive: July 26, 2017). The complete article is accessible at the link.  Photo by Gary Singh.

Watching Sharon Robinson’s Show Over Leonard Cohen’s Shoulder – 2013

Shannon Burns (on right – behind the guy with the fedora): “Sharon Robinson was brilliant”

This excerpt about the Oct 19, 2013 Sharon Robinson Los Angeles, show is from Shannon Burns Facebook Page 

OK, this should be about Sharon Robinson, but when I was standing in front of  [the table reserved for Leonard Cohen], the whole scene changed. I spent the next hour standing directly behind Leonard Cohen, then Lori Nebenzahl snapped photo [atop this post] when the show ended. Notwithstanding this very huge aside, Sharon was brilliant.


Note: Originally posted Oct 20, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric