“Sincerely, L Cohen” Leonard Cohen Performs Famous Blue Raincoat, Featuring Dino Soldo – Katowice 2010

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Katowice: Oct 4, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

It’s four in the morning, the end of December
I’m writing you now just to see if you’re better
New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening

Video: Marissa Nadler Covers Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

Nadler Shrouds Famous Blue Raincoat In Velvet

A video release from Marissa Nadler’s 2007 Songs III: Bird On the Water features her cover of Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat. Her rendition of this classic track from Cohen’s 1971 album, Songs of Love and Hate,1 is …

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  1. Judy Collins also included Famous Blue Raincoat on her 1971 album, Living, which was a collection of performances from her 1970 concert tour. []
  2. The judges would also accept wistful, ephemeral, and ethereal, but only because the judges are in a benevolent mood; haunting is clearly the correct and preferred response. []

Leonard Cohen On The English Origins Of His Famous Blue Burberry Raincoat & Olivetti Typewriter

Is it during this time [in London] that you bought your raincoat, made famous by your song Famous Blue Raincoat?

Yes, in England, we needed a raincoat [laughs]. The day I arrived in London, I bought my Olivetti typewriter and my raincoat: I was equipped for my life in London. I kept my raincoat for years until I was stolen in 1968. A good coat, a Burberry.quotedown2

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Also see Leonard Cohen & His Prized Olivetti Lettera 22 Typewriter.

From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Les Inrocks: Aug 21, 1991). Via Google Translate.

Video: Leonard Cohen Sings Famous Blue Raincoat, Says He Won’t Be Offended If Anyone Has To Leave Because It’s Late – St John 2013

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
St John: April 15, 2013
Video by cohenadmirer1

Note: Originally posted April 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Performs Famous Blue Raincoat Featuring Paul Ostermayer On Sax – Bonn 1980

This is the final post of the recordings. All 12 songs can now be heard in a single YouTube playlist.

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980

The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.

Video: Allison Crowe Covers Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

From Heavy Graces Album

This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album “Heavy Graces,” to be released Oct 15, 2013.

From the YouTube description:

“Famous Blue Raincoat”, its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the “tyranny” of possession — of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.

It’s territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe’s previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via renowned interpretations of “Hallelujah”, “Joan of Arc” and other tunes from the master songsmith.)

Impressionistic visual accompaniment comes via film scenes from “The Blue Angel” (“Der blaue Engel” first released in Europe in 1930 saw its full North American release the following year.)

Video: Adrian22

Note: Originally posted Oct 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric