Leonard Cohen On Rebecca De Mornay – After Their Breakup

People think of her as this beautiful bosomy blonde, but she’s a very brilliant woman. She’s a good songwriter and an excellent singer.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From A Purple Haze To A Purple Patch by Adam Sweeting (The Canberra Times: July 24, 1994)

“I’ve never forgotten Phil [Spector] coming towards me with a bottle of Manischewitz in one hand, a .45 in the other” Leonard Cohen On Recording Death Of A Ladies’ Man

[During the recording of Death Of A Ladies’ Man] I was holding on for dear life. My family was breaking up at the time – just to show up was rough. Then I’d have to go through this ninth-rate military film noir atmosphere. I’ve never forgotten Phil [Spector] coming towards me with a bottle of Manischewitz in one hand, a .45 in the other and putting his arm around my shoulder, shoving the gun into my neck, cocking it and saying, ‘Leonard, I love you.’ It wasn’t that much fun.quotedown2

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From No Mercy – Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side by Anthony DeCurtis. Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993.

Leonard Cohen Says Nick Cave “Butchered” Avalanche – But In A Good Way

721px-Nick_Cave_1986Who do you feel has done the best job with your music, and who has butchered it?

There have probably been some who have butchered it, but I’ve generally liked the job that people have done with it. I guess you could say Nick Cave butchered my song, ‘Avalanche,’ and if that’s the case, let there be more butchers like that.quotedown2

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From Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993. Also see

Video: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Avalanche 
From Her To Eternity album: 1984.


Credit Due Department: Photo “Nick Cave 1986” by Yves Lorson – originally posted to Flickr as Nick Cave. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons.

Leonard Cohen On Jung “As a western scientist, his appreciation of the Oriental psychology and Oriental psychical anatomy … dissolved the western view that their psychology was mystical”

I more or less came to Jung through oriental studies. He’d written some prefaces to the I Ching and also The Secret of the Golden Flower. As a western scientist, his appreciation of the Oriental psychology and Oriental psychical anatomy — mysticism, whatever that means — dissolved the western view that their psychology was mystical. He saw systematically a diagram of the psyche. It was valid. That kind of view developed in the West in the Forties where we had a radical change in our perception of their work. I think Jung probably led in that re-evaluation of Oriental methodology. It’s the science of the orient. It’s not mysticism. The word mysticism is used in a somewhat pejorative sense. The point Jung makes in all his prefaces is that these things are pragmatic, that they refer to the mechanics of the psyche and can be properly studied. He demystified the work that the Orientals had done.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Working for the World to Come. The interview (probably from 1982) was published in the book In Their Own Words: Interviews with fourteen Canadian writers, by Bruce Mayer and Brian O’Riordan, 1984. Accessed at LeonardCohenfiles. Originally posted September 28, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric


Leonard Cohen On Charles Bukowski: “He brought everybody down to earth, even the angels”

While i cannot locate a definitive source for this quotation, it has been attributed to Leonard Cohen in many, many posts and articles about and blurbs for Charles Bukowski since at least as early as 2010. Photo Source: Fair use, Wikipedia

Another comment by Leonard Cohen about Charles Bukowski is found at There are people like Charles Bukowski who …

“This book moves me from the world of the golden-boy poet into the dung pile of the front-line writer” Leonard Cohen’s Letter To Jack McClelland Printed – Against His Wishes – On Flowers For Hitler Back Cover

This book moves me from the world of the golden-boy poet into the dung pile of the front-line writer. I didn’t plan it this way. I loved the tender notices Spice-Box got but they embarrassed me a little. Hitler won’t get the same hospitality from the papers. My sounds are too new, therefore people will say: this is derivative, this is slight, his power has failed. Well, I say there has never been a book like this, prose or poetry, written in Canada. All I ask is that you put it in the hands of my generation and it will be recognized.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


The above quotation was excerpted from a letter from Leonard Cohen,to Jack McClelland (the head of McClelland and Stewart, Cohen’s publisher) which was reprinted – against Cohen’s express wish – on the back cover of Flowers for Hitler.

The following excerpt is from The Fiction of Leonard Cohen by T.F. Rigelhof (published in This Is Our Writing by T.F. Rigelhof, Porcupine’s Quill, October 1, 2000):

Jack McClelland did take his next poetry book but gave the poet a lot of grief. McClelland insisted on changing the title from Opium and Hitler to Flowers for Hitler, dropping its dedication to “The Dachau Generation”, proposing a cover which featured a drawing of a nude female with Cohen’s face for tits before grudgingly accepting a compromise cover featuring elements from six different ones Cohen had designed. Then McClelland published it with a back cover blurb (taken from a letter) that was used against Cohen’s express wish. When Cohen remonstrated that “It was very important that a Jew’s book about Hitler be free from arrogant personal promotion…”, McClelland responded that the blurb didn’t hurt sales. Cohen continued to play McClelland’s games: he didn’t have many alternatives. [bolding mine]

See also Leonard Cohen Battles Publisher Over Cover Of Flowers For Hitler

Note: Originally posted January 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric