Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About The Beatles – 1967


Note: Originally posted Aug 23, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

How The Beatles Changed The World

“How The Beatles Changed The World,” a 30-minute CBC Radio documentary from Peter Gzowski, first aired in May 1967.  Leonard Cohen is given “the final word” on the program and spends those two to three minutes praising the Fab Four’s role as musicians and poets.

Leonard Cohen and The Beatles: May 1967

By May 1967, Leonard Cohen had published three volumes of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956), The Spice-Box of Earth (1961), Flowers for Hitler 1964), and Parasites of Heaven (1966) and two novels, The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). While he was involved in the New York based folk movement in 1967, his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was not published until December 1967, several months after the  documentary aired.

The Beatles had been worldwide stars since 1963 and had become the dominant force in pop music since their 1964 trip to the US. When “How The Beatles Changed The World” was originally broadcast, The Beatles had released seven studio albums, including A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, and Revolver.1

The song to which Cohen refers in his commentary (“… the last song on the last album … ‘It is not dying.'”) is, of course, “Tomorrow Never Knows” from the Revolver album, an intriguing choice that will be discussed further in an upcoming Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox post

Leonard Cohen – The Final Word


Credit Due Department: Adrian du Plessis, Allison Crowe’s Personable Manager, Leonard Cohen fan, Canadian citizen, and all around nice guy, alerted me to this podcast.


  1. A compilation album issued only in the US and Canada, Yesterday and Today, was released in June 1966. []

“We have a special kind of feeling for the singers that we use to make love to” Leonard Cohen

Like the Talmud says, there’s good wine in every generation. We have a particular feeling for the music of our own generation and usually the songs we courted to are the songs that stay with us all our life as being the heavy ones. The singers of my own period, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Ray Charles, all those singers have crossed over the generations. But we have a special kind of feeling for the singers that we use to make love to.quotedown2

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Also see Leonard Cohen On Best Music For Sex

Leonard Cohen: Various Positions as interviewed by Robert Sward Montreal 1984. Photo atop post by Pete PurnellOriginally posted February 28, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen differentiates his songwriting from Bob Dylan’s

When Cohen moved to New York to become a singer in 1966, he told fellow songwriter Jackson Browne that although he loved Bob Dylan …

Dylan wrote really long lines, and I want to write really short lines.

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The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012.

Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at

Originally posted Aug 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The 10-15 Minute Revolution Of The 60s And The Relationship Of Art & Commerce

What we called the revolution of the 60s was also 10 or 15 minutes, and then it was taken over immediately by the head shops and the hustlers and the money makers … it’s also not written anywhere that commerce is an enemy of revolution or an enemy of art. In fact, art and commerce have always been indistinguishable.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)

Leonard Cohen Wants To “Hear People Who Can’t Sing”

All those guys that I listen to, you know – from Lead Belly to Dylan to Ice-T, you know they had something in their voice that tells me about their lives, about their true story. I like to hear a guy’s story. … I want to hear people who can’t sing.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Interview with Serge Simonart (1992)

Leonard Cohen credits self-confidence to Bob Johnston

I used to be petrified with the idea of going on the road and presenting my work. I often felt that the risks of humiliation were too wide. But with the help of my last producer, Bob Johnston, I gained the self-confidence I felt was necessary. My music now is much more highly refined.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen quote is from Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker:1 March 1975.