Leonard Cohen In 1988 – If He Had Been Two-Dimensional, 45 Inches Tall, & Cardboard


I’m Your Cardboard Man

This promotional cardboard cutout of Leonard Cohen eating a banana and holding a modified I’m Your Man album with the same image on the cover measures 1.16 m! (45.66 inches) in height. From the private collection of Dominique BOILE.

Note: Originally posted Sept 17, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Previously Unpublished Photos Of Leonard Cohen In Concert: Amsterdam 1988

Amsterdam 1988-2

Leonard Cohen – Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam April 19, 1988

Pete Purnell, who took these photos, writes:

This theatre is in fact the opera house and in 1988 it had been open for little more than a year. This was the first “pop” concert to be held there. The afternoon before the show I happened to walk past hoping for a glimpse of Leonard in the wild. All I saw was the tour-bus parked outside and in the window on the top deck of the bus was a poster with a portrait of Leonard as if he were actually sitting there.

Amsterdam 1988-3

Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974-1993: Photos By Pete Purnell: Pete Purnell contributed remarkable photos from the 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour. Consequently, when he mentioned photos he had taken at Cohen concerts in the 1970s and 1980s, I was eager to view them. And, when I saw these outstanding images, I was eager to post them for others to savor as well. Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974-1993: Photos By Pete Purnell comprises five photo sets, each typically containing four black and white shots, of Leonard Cohen concerts between 1974 and 1993. All posts in this series are listed at the Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell. Amsterdam 1988-1Amsterdam 1988-4Note: These photos were unpublished until first posted Dec 15, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Goes Bananas: I’m Your (Banana-Munching) Man Cover Art, Banana Song Performance Video, & More


Leonard Cohen seems to have had an atypically high number (perhaps even a bunch) of banana connections, and where else, if not Cohencentric, are you likely to find them gathered in one place?1


The Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man Cover Has A Peel

And there is a story behind that cover art. In Various Positions, his biography of Cohen, Ira Nadel describes the scene:

At a Los Angles warehouse to watch the filming of the [Jennifer] Warnes’ video, “First We Take Manhattan,” Cohen was photographed by publicist Sharon Weisz in his dark glasses, charcoal gray pin-striped suit, and white T-shirt, eating a banana. For him, the image was precise and revealing:

Sharon showed it to me later and it seemed to sum up perfectly. “Here’s this guy looking cool,” I thought, “in shades and nice suit. He seems to have a grip on things, an idea of himself.

The only thing wrong, of course, is that he was caught holding a half eaten banana.

And it suddenly occurred to me that’s everyone’s dilemma: At the times we think we’re coolest, what everyone else sees is a guy with his mouth full of banana…”

He admired the photo so much that it became the signature image for his 1988 hit album I’m Your Man, and the poster image of his 1988 world tour.2

The same photo is shown to better advantage on the cover of the 7″ vinyl single of I’m Your Man.

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  1. Update: I’ve tracked down another banana reference or two since posting this which will be covered in future entries. All such posts can be found at Leonard Cohen – Bananas []
  2. Nadel, Ira.  Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen. Pantheon; 1st edition (October 8, 1996) 245-6 []

Photo: Leonard Cohen at Soundcheck – Athens 1988


Thanks to a B&W photo challenge, we have been gifted with this immaculate photo of “Leonard Cohen, Athens 1988, rehearsal before the concert” (Leonard Cohen performed in concert at the Lycabettus Theatre, Athens, Greece on June 19, 1988). Posted by Haris Papadimitrakopoulos

Note: Originally posted Nov 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric