Leonard Cohen’s Election Year Announcement “I am a candidate for the highest office in the land: a woman’s caress.” (1988)

The air is ringing with the praise of candidates. I myself want to get in line. I want to be a candidate. I am a candidate for the highest office in the land: a woman’s caress.quotedown2

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Announced by Leonard Cohen during his Nov 6, 1988 Ann Arbor show. Reported in  Concert Gives Fan Glimpse At The New Leonard Cohen by John Nichols (Toledo Blade: Nov 8, 1988). Note: Originally posted November 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Sighting: “Just me and Leonard Cohen, no big deal” Oct 2014

This photo was first posted on Instagram Oct 13. 2014 with the caption “Just me and Leonard Cohen, no big deal.” It was reposted Nov 10, 2016 with a new caption.

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

Bob Seger Covers Leonard Cohen’s Democracy On New Album

Bob Seger’s new album, I Knew You When, (to be released Nov 17, 2017) will include his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Democracy.

Seger has long declared himself an admirer of Leonard Cohen, naming his 1975 Beautiful Loser album after the Canadian singer-songwriter’s second novel. Read his comments at Bob Seeger On Leonard Cohen Inspiring His Song “Beautiful Loser”

Listen To Full 1972 Leonard Cohen Aix-En-Provence Festival Concert

As I’ve previously pointed out, the 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour was weird – and the 1970 Aix-en-Provence Music Festival in general, and Leonard Cohen’s role in it specifically, were uniquely weird.

The August 1-3, 1970 Aix-en-Provence Music Festival was Woodstock with a French twist, featuring an audience of 40,000 with an average age of 20, a ban against the Festival issued by the Prefecture of the Bouches-du-Rhone, Hare Krishna chants, battles between local politicians, nudity, Maoists, the President of the International (classic) Music Festival at Aix-en-Provence describing its rock festival counterpart as “devastating hordes of hippies in search of horseplay and scandal,” and demands that the Festival be made “open to the people” (i.e., free), along with, as one might expect, sex (exhibitionist-mode), drugs (used only slightly more discreetly), and rock and roll (by Johnny Winter, Mungo Jerry, Titanic, Majority One, …). And, of course, it was the only time Leonard traveled to a show through the the countryside to arrive on stage – on a white stallion.

More about this show can be found at Cohencentric: 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Setlist: 01. Les Propriétaires de la Révolution (speech in French) 1:35 02. Bird on the Wire 3:50 03. So Long, Marianne 2:24 04. You Know Who I Am 3:11 05. Lady Midnight 2:36 06. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong 4:14 07. The Stranger Song 5:19 08. For No Reason At All (Improvisation) :40 09. Joan of Arc 5:02 10. The Partisan 3:34 11. Intro :38 12. Sisters of Mercy 3:30 13. Diamonds in the Mine 4:14

Thanks to Jo Meul, who alerted me to this video.