Passport Records* Promotional photo. Photo credit; Agence Sygma – France. Photographer; Dominique Issermann. Contributed by Dominique BOILE. Autograph by Leonard Cohen. From the Leonard Cohen Promotional Photos series.
*Because Cohen’s usual record label, Columbia, did not think his Various Positions album was commercially viable, they turned down the option to release Various Positions in the US. Walter Yetnikoff, president of the company, famously said, “Look, Leonard; we know you’re great, but we don’t know if you’re any good.” Various Positions, the tracklist of which included Hallelujah, Coming Back to You, and If It Be Your Will, was instead picked up by the independent label Passport Records. Columbia did later include the album its catalog.