“I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.” Leonard Cohen (1980)


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What we used to call the artist is becoming obsolete, and for some people I symbolize that. They feel my loyalty has not been compromised. I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980. Photo by Armando Fusco (flickr name Rhymin’ Simon). Originally posted Nov 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Additional Tickets For Montreal Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Go On Sale Noon, October 13, 2017

Now that production plans are finalized, the Cohen Family is pleased to announce the release of additional tickets for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, to be presented at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday, November 6th.

These tickets will go on sale to the public at noon tomorrow Friday, October 13th at the Bell Centre box office, 1-514-790-2525 or 1-855-310-2525 and www.evenko.ca.

The above announcement is from the official press release. Information about the event itself can be found at

The Cohen Family Presents Tower Of Song:
A Memorial Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Valley Boy By Wolf Parade

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. While most of the songs already posted in this category have been about Leonard Cohen and others name-check the Canadian singer-songwriter, today’s selection is the first entry to be directly inspired by Leonard’s death. Valley Boy is the first single from Cry Cry Cry, the fourth album by Wolf Parade, the quintessential Montreal indie rock band. According to the press release:

“Valley Boy,” a Bowie-inflected anthem for which Spencer [Krug] wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election (“The radio’s been playing all your songs, talking about the way you slipped away up the stairs, did you know that it was all gonna go wrong?”).

Lines from the song allude to Leonard (and Marianne) as well:

So you finally became that bird on that wire

Calling all the angels, we must have an intervention
The land and the air and Marianne are in contention
The land wants the tongue and the air wants the spirit
But it’s all inside the heart and Marianne won’t let them near it

Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked If He Toured “For The Sake Of Sex, Drugs, And Rock & Roll?”

Q: [Do you tour] for the sake of sex, drugs, and rock & roll?

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Sex? No, too dangerous. Drugs? I wouldn’t go near them. Music is good. But as they say in rock and roll, they don’t pay you to sing, they pay you to travel.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988. Photo from Webb Sisters Facebook Page. Originally posted Nov 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The kind of thing I like is that you write a song, and it slips into the world, and they forget who wrote it” Leonard Cohen


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The kind of thing I like is that you write a song, and it slips into the world, and they forget who wrote it. And it moves and it changes, and you hear it again three hundred years later, some women washing their clothes in a stream, and one of them is humming this tune.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen Unplugged By Pico Iyer (Buzz: April 1998). Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo by Johann Agust Hansen. Originally posted Nov 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric