June 13, 2013: Adrian Du Plessis – Allison Crowe’s Personable Manager – Visits Leonard Cohen Plaque At New York’s Chelsea Hotel

The premiere of Superman: The Man of Steel in 2013 drew Allison Crowe, who performs in the movie, and Adrian Du Plessis, Allison Crowe’s Personable Manager, south of the 49th Parallel to New York. No one who has heard Allison’s gorgeous covers of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Bird On The Wire, and Tonight Will Be Fine will be surprised that a trip to the Chelsea Hotel was part of the itinerary.

Adrian first appeared on this  site in a snarky footnote to a 2008 post. Since then he has proved a delightful, knowledgeable, and intriguing correspondent – and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. These photos, however, are the first images of him I’ve seen, making their posting obligatory.

Note: Originally posted June 13, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’m very fond of Phil Spector…he’s one of the great, magnificent figures…It’s just that I don’t have much of an appetite for magnificence” Leonard Cohen

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I’m very fond of Phil Spector. I think he’s one of the great, magnificent figures on the landscape. It’s just that I don’t have much of an appetite for magnificencequotedown2

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From Love Me, Love My Gun Barrel by Graham Lock. New Musical Express: February 23, 1980. Originally June 21, 2013 posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Invokes Bob Hope Story To Describe How He Wants People To Remember Him

 

After you’re gone, what would you want people to remember about you?

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I never give that much thought. Some people care about their work lasting forever – I have little interest in it. You probably know that great story about Bob Hope. His wife came to him and said, ‘There’s two plots available at Forest Lawn. One looks at some beautiful cypress trees, one looks over the valley. Which do you think you’d prefer?’ He said, ‘Surprise me.’ That’s the way I feel about posterity and how I’m remembered. Surprise me.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches by Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone: Sept 19, 2014).

 

I always think of Bob Hope standing at a mic during his routine, lazily puffing on a cigar. It’s amazing to see these moves. Leonard told me a story about Hope being asked by his wife what his burial requests were, and he answered, “Surprise me.”

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Finale Of The Staircase Ends With Peterson Instructing His Amazon Alexa To Play His Favorite Leonard Cohen Song, “Everybody Knows”

When we meet Peterson a final time, in the three new episodes that Netflix has added this year, he is negotiating a plea bargain. He no longer spouts eloquent turns of phrase, or drops witticisms during legal meetings. Instead, he seems exhausted and beaten. He shouts at his Amazon Alexa to play his favorite Leonard Cohen song, “Everybody Knows,” which is a bleak dirge about systems being rigged, about the world never falling in one’s favor. It’s a bitter song, but almost funny. And in fact, Peterson does get the last laugh—after entering an Alford plea in February of 2017, he is now a free man, convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to time already served.

How The Staircase Defined True Crime Series by Rachel Syme (The New Republic: June 11, 2018)

The first 12 episodes of Netflix’s true-crime documentary The Staircase all end the same way. After an especially haunting or lingering bit of footage, the end credits — a montage of old photographs of the Peterson family in happier times set to somber string music — begin to roll. The thirteenth and final episode unexpectedly changes this formula, scoring the credits with a different song and ending with an intriguing, thematically loaded post-credits scene…

It an interesting juxtaposition when considering the lead-up, which is equally somber. The last scenes before the credits show Peterson, in his home without an upcoming court date looming over his head, putting on a song for the French documentary team that’s been filming his story for a decade. It’s Leonard Cohen’s 1988 track “Everybody Knows,” and Peterson says it’s his favorite song. The camera lingers on Peterson as he wordlessly listens to the music, and then the credits roll as Cohen’s raspy voice replace the usual string music.

‘The Staircase’ Ends With an Extremely Meaningful Post-Credits Scene by James Grebey (Inverse: June 11, 2018)

“If a man doesn’t have a standard of excellence his work becomes meaningless” Leonard Cohen

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I think one of the things has wiped so many people out who do other kinds of work, like factory work, is that they’re not involved in the perfection, they don’t have a standard of excellence and I think if a man doesn’t have a standard of excellence his work becomes meaningless.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From The Sounds Interview 1971 by Billy Walker. Sounds: October 23, 1971. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Originally posted June 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Air Cohen – Leonard Cohen Soars In Vancouver

Photo Captures Leonard Cohen In Mid-Flight During Stage Exit

The photo below, taken at the November 12, 2012 Leonard Cohen Vancouver show by lumitre, shows Cohen gracefully leaping while he skips offstage, achieving significant altitude and major hang time.

If It’s Not The Shoes, It’s Gotta Be The Hat

In fact, this image of the 78 year old Canadian singer-songwriter brings to mind another premier artist, albeit in another field of entertainment. Hmmm.  I wanna be like MikeI wanna sin like Len

Originally posted June 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric