“[Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.” Leonard Cohen 1988


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You go in and out of affection for old material, and you’d like to be loved for things you’re doing now. But it [Suzanne] has a real place in my so-called career, and people do want to hear it… It can stand up.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: The Eloquence, The Songs Still Floating On The Air by Richard Harrington (Washington Post; Published in Gainesville Sun: Dec 25, 1988)

“Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen shows that religious discourse can be funky.” Spiegel Review Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems

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From Abgehört: Die wichtigste Musik der Woche [via Google Translate] by Andreas Borcholte and Jan Wigger (Spiegel: Sept 16, 2014)

Originally posted September 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Leonard Cohen] never has explained why he works with me. He’s very generous and gracious. I think that I was just able to provide an atmosphere that’s comfortable for him to express himself and get his work done.” Sharon Robinson

From The California Girl and the Ladies’ Man by Doug Saunders. Toronto’s Globe & Mail: October 11, 2001. Accessed 19 May 2014; 2:25 PM at Ten New Songs. Originally posted May 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“These poems [in Book Of Longing] were written in the midst of all this phony talk about brotherhood, new visions, and new possibilities” Leonard Cohen


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These poems [in Book Of Longing] were written in the midst of all this phony talk about brotherhood, new visions, and new possibilities when the hustlers had already moved in and taken over the revolution and you know, this stuff was being sold in head shops and it had pretty well evaporated.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s The Future Interview by Bob Mackowitz. Transcript from a radio special produced by Interviews Unlimited for Sony Music, 1992.

X Is The Leonard Cohen Of Y: #69. The Leonard Cohen Of Texas: Kinky Friedman

It is somehow fitting that #69 on the X Is The Leonard Cohen Of Y list is The Leonard Cohen Of Texas: Kinky Friedman.

Leonard Cohen As Metaphor: Leonard Cohen has long been a boon to music critics, reporters, PR departments, bloggers, and authors as a metaphorical vehicle, not only to connote a particular musical capacity but also to describe other professional abilities and special qualities – both human and nonhuman. Cohencentric has begun collecting these “X Is The Leonard Cohen Of Y” offerings at the The Leonard Cohen Of page.

“Only when you have children are you forced to surrender thinking exclusively of yourself and worry about someone else. If you attempt to respond to a child, you can never think of yourself in the same way.” Leonard Cohen On The Impact Of Having Children

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Your children, Adam and Lorca, were born then. What was your reaction?

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Only when you have children are you forced to surrender thinking exclusively of yourself and worry about someone else. If you attempt to respond to a child, you can never think of yourself in the same way. You stop being the center of your drama, which becomes secondary in the light of your children’s demands, of their urgency. I immediately understood that the trap had slammed shut. [Laughs] There are many wonderful aspects, of course, the beauty is indisputable. But the destruction of the image you have of yourself is inevitable. There are many things I did not like about myself. I was very selfish, I only thought about myself. I did not accept the fact that other beings had a legitimate claim to my attention.quotedown2

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From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Les Inrocks: Aug 21, 1991). Via Google Translate. Photo by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.

“And if you want another kind of love, I’ll wear an old man’s mask for you” Leonard Cohen Performs I’m Your Man – Istanbul 2012

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Featuring Alex Bublitchi

Istanbul: Sept 19, 2012
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Originally posted Sep 21, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen: “Indulgent Father” – 1980s

There are still a number of [Leonard Cohen’s] classmates around, as well as his former babysitters [in 2012]. I only ever saw him twice in Westmount, once eating a banana outside of a fruit shop. The other time was at a bead emporium 25 years ago, where teenage girls gathered every Saturday to buy beads. Leonard was standing there as an indulgent father and Westmounters, being so polite, we pretended not to notice. I worked as a men’s clothing salesman in high school selling the Freedman line, which was the Cohen family’s topcoat and cashmere overcoat brand. Leonard came back here to raise his children and in the local alternative high school, you had Adam Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright in the same class. You didn’t want to say much if you knew Leonard. The line went: If you were a friend of Leonard Cohen and told people you were friend of Leonard Cohen, you were no longer a friend of Leonard Cohen.

Terry Rigelhof

From Leonard Cohen: Portrait of the artist as an older man Ben Kaplan National Post: January 31, 2012. Terry (T. F.) Rigelhof is a Canadian novelist and academic. Photos by Johann Agust Hansen.