“Quiet And Devastating, Like Leonard Cohen In Cowboy Boots”

A Look At Leonard Cohen’s Boots

Dominique Issermann’s 1984 photo of Leonard Cohen smoking on a park bench, a shot that has been recycled into posters, post cards, and at least one book cover (the Leonard Cohen Collection songbook published in 2001).

Then there are those boots, shown below in an enlarged section of  the Issermann photo.

Leonard Cohen On His Boots

Asked “What’s your most prized material possession” by his friend and interviewer, Danny Fields, Cohen responded “I like these boots,” leading to the following exchange:

D: They’re nice. What are they? How high do they go? Oh I like the toes. It’s hard to get those toes.

L: Today we saw a beautiful pair of boots in the window of a place called Botticelli [Botticelli Shoes – New York City]. I imagine they’re extremely expensive. They didn’t take an credit cards.

D: Oh, but any good boots are at least a hundred dollars.

L: I’ll never accustom myself to that.

D: Shoes are different from anything else.

L: Well, I agree with you. But I only buy boots with foreign money that I don’t understand. I know these cost a lot, but I don’t know how much because I paid francs for them. They’re probably at least a hundred dollars.

Others On Leonard Cohen’s Boots

Music Director Roscoe Beck remembers that at his first meeting with Leonard Cohen in 1979, Cohen “was wearing his customary dark grey suit and black cowboy boots.”1 Anjani Thomas also includes the boots in her description of her first meeting with Leonard Cohen, which took place in 1984:

I was waiting to meet him [Leonard Cohen] at the loft [belonging to John Lissauer]. When he  walked through the door, I saw that his cowboy boots and everything he wore was black. It was an impressive entrance.2

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  1. Roscoe Beck On Leonard Cohen, The World’s Quietest Band, “Jenny Sings Lenny,” & More at Cohencentric []
  2. Anjani Thomas: Personal Communication []

Photo: Leonard Cohen & The Unified Heart Touring Company Giving Toronto Everything They Got – 2012

Reviewing Cohen concert photos that haven’t been posted, I came across this shot that captures Leonard Cohen and his musicians doing what they do best – this time at the Air Canada Centre on Dec 4, 2012

Credit Due Department: Photo by Geoff Sinton

Note: Originally posted Jan 14, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Only Leonard can assume the dual role of wise old sage and raging sex beast” – Leonard Cohen & Anjani Perform Never Got To Love You – Joe’s Pub 2007


They [Leonard Cohen and Anjani] concluded with “Whither Thou Goest,” a song that had a pleasant, hymn-like quality, but of course, true to Leonard’s libido, had overtones of intimacy and romance. I don’t know how he does it. I swear he was making eyes at every lady in the house. I suppose only Leonard can assume the dual role of wise old sage and raging sex beast.

From cahootszine.com | 8 pm: Near the Astor Place Subway Stop – Review of April 24, 2007 Anjani Concert at Joe’s Pub in New York

Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani – Never Got To Love You
Joe’s Pub, NYC: April 24, 2007

Note: Originally posted January 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Refutes Notion Of “Famous British Reserve”

What about that Famous British Reserve that artists tell us is so inhibiting?

An audience in Antwerp is more reserved than an audience in London. Everyone knows that the British are really passionate – the cover has been blown! This idea of British reserve and rigidity – I don’t know who invented it. Perhaps the French!quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen: Thoughts Of A Ladies’ Man by Elizabeth M. Thomson. 1979 interview reposted to FolkTracks: Jan 12, 2017. Photo from June 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen London show by Eugene McLaughlin.

Leonard Cohen Plays Federico García Lorca’s Piano On Cover Of 1989 I Can’t Forget 45 RPM Single

Thanks go to Gema Alonso, who first pointed out that the piano on the cover of the 1989 7″ Vinyl record with I Can’t Forget on one side and Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye on the other (CBS 654734 7: Produced in Holland) belonged to Federico García Lorca. The piano is now housed at Museo Casa Natal FGL, the birthplace of Federico García Lorca in Granada. Photos of the site, including one showing the piano, can be found at Museo Casa Natal FGL web site

The image of the cover of the 1989 I Can’t Forget 45 RPM Single was contributed by Dominique BOILE

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