Leonard Cohen interviewed at Stouffer’s Hotel on November 4, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Tom Hill.
While the sound quality of this recording is suboptimal, the Nov 23, 1975 Leonard Cohen Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania concert offers several songs (or versions of songs) rarely found elsewhere (e.g., Je veux vivre Tout Seul, Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On. Guerrero, Misty Blue).
Leonard Cohen Live at Bryn Mawr
Uploaded by Joao Miguel Figueiredo Silva
1. Je Veux Vivre Tout Seul
2. So Long, Marianne
3. There Is A War
4. One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong
5. The Stranger Song
7. Diamonds In The Mine
8. Who By Fire
9. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On
10. Story Of Isaac
11. Famous Blue Raincoat
12. Came So Far From Her Beauty
13. Sisters Of Mercy
14. I Guess It’s Time (Early The Smokey Life)
15. The Traitor Song
16. Lover Lover Lover
17. Musician Intros
18. Is This What You Wanted
19. Misty Blue
According to Friedman & Johnston, the Public Relations folks who put out this press release, dated Feb 14, 1975 and found at the Maarten Massa web site, Leonard Cohen would “emerge from retirement for a rare appearance at the Berkeley Community Theatre on Saturday, March 1st, at 7:30 p.m..” It is notable that before Mr Cohen emerged from retirement for that rare show at Berkeley, he performed a dozen or more concerts in Jan & Feb 1975.
In any case, this PR is important in helping establish the date of an almost invisible Leonard Cohen concert. See Rare Leonard Cohen Poster Clarifies 1975 Berkeley Community Theatre Concert Date
Note: Originally posted January 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
1975 Leonard Cohen Concert Ad
George Tunick, who was responsible for the shots posted at Historic Images: Only Known Photos From Hartford Concert That Opened 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour, has also contributed a newspaper ad (shown above) for the Feb 7, 1975 Leonard Cohen concert at Avery Fisher Hall, New York City. While the ad is itself an interesting artifact, its most intriguing element is the following phrase:
In His First New York Concert Appearance Since 1969
Leonard Cohen Concerts
I find no record of Leonard Cohen making a New York concert appearance in 1969. Nor are any of the Cohen cognoscenti I contacted aware of a 1969 New York show.
The reference to the 1969 concert may, of course, simply be a typo or a data error on the part of the ad’s creator.1 On the other hand, over the past two or three years, we’ve discovered a handful of previously unknown shows that took place during the 1970 Tour, which was much more formally organized and better documented than Cohen’s pre-1970 appearances. Consequently, one cannot rule out the possibility that Leonard Cohen played a concert took place in New York in 1969 that does not appear in any of the current archives.
One motivation for posts such as this one is the solicitation of information about the show in question from readers; anyone with knowledge about this concert can reach me through the email address at the “DrHGuy Info” tab.
Note: Originally posted Sept 2, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- For example, the intended reference could have been to Cohen’s performance at the Rheingold Music Festival, which took place in New York in 1967 rather than 169 [↩]
I don’t want to tout myself but I will happily tout my musicians. They are very rare. It is very rare that you see people on the road who like being together so. They have the devotion — it is way beyond professionalism — it includes professionalism. They are very rare, very rare.
From WZMF Interview With Leonard Cohen by John Houghton (Fallout: March 4-17 1975)
DrHGuy Note: The printed text had it that Leonard Cohen didn’t want to “tote” himself but would “tote” his musicians. I suspect Leonard Cohen said “tout” rather than “tote”
The musicians on the 1975 Leonard Cohen Tour are shown in the above photo (from left):
- John Lissauer: keyboards, woodwinds
- Jeff Layton: banjo, guitar
- Leonard Cohen:: guitar, vocals
- John Miller: bass
- Emily Bindiger: vocals, guitar
- Erin Dickins. vocals, guitar
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Dominique BOILE, who discovered and shared this otherwise unavailable interview. Photo credit: Emily Bindiger