Leonard Cohen on Nico’s response to his advances: “She hauled off & hit me so hard it lifted me clean off the bed”

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The years went by…Then one year I bumped into her [Nico] at the bar of the Chelsea Hotel…I thought I detected some remote invitation…So we went up to the room and sat on the bed…and I put my hand on – I think it was her wrist…and she hauled off and hit me so hard it lifted me clean off the bed.quotedown2

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Also see Leonard Cohen Recommends Harmonium, Helps Nico Get Her Song

From Leonard Cohen by John Walsh. MOJO: September 1994. Nico photo by GanMed64 – Flickr: Nico (The Velvet Underground) – Lampeter University – November 1985, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons: Originally posted Nov 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Lauds His Son Adam’s Work On You Want It Darker


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His [Adam Cohen’s] musical vocabulary is extensive and he has a commanding grasp of all the intricacies of recording. I knew the final record would have the imprint of his microscopic attention. I also enjoy his company.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Third Act by Brian D. Johnson (Maclean’s: Sept 21, 2016). Photo by Frank Micelotta/Sony Music Canada.

Leonard Cohen on Jennifer Warnes & Her Performance Of His Songs


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Her [Jennifer Warnes’] voice is pure California. By that, I don’t mean unmitigated sunshine and bland afternoons. I mean a voice that for all its beautiful qualities has an aspect of the earthquake and the tidal wave. This is an extraordinary voice, and her readings of my songs are extraordinary readings.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s introduction of Jennifer Warnes at her Famous Blue Raincoat LP Showcase, Park-Café, Munich, West Germany; April 15, 1987.

“I listened to a lot of country music because I felt that that’s where the emotion was, that’s where the lyric was, & that’s where real problems were being addressed.” Leonard Cohen

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I’ve always loved country music. I lived in Nashville for a couple of years. Even in the dark periods of the seventies and the early eighties, I listened to a lot of country music because I felt that that’s where the emotion was, that’s where the lyric was, and that’s where real problems were being addressed. Country singers tend to be a little older. The audience tends to be a lot more loyal. So the singers and the writers can reveal themselves over a long period of time. You know that Johnny Cash is not going to be singing about anything frivolous, and you know that George Jones is not going to be presenting himself with any kind of bravado; you know that he is going to be telling the truth about himself in his song. When you have pop groups coming and going with tremendous rapidity, you can’t get the feel of the artist. quotedown2

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From Aurora Online With Leonard Cohen by Marco Adria. Aurora: July, 1990. Originally posted Mar 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About How Bob Dylan Did And Did Not Impact His Musical Career

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From Lenny Plays It Cool by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987)

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