It was a very intense group of people who were passing through the island [Hydra] at that time. People who were going to make their mark on the culture – Axel [Jensen], Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, the Swedish poet Goran Tonstrom. A very curious meeting of people, and that was very much a part of why I stayed.
“Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough” By Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Photo by Marie-louise Guillard.
More reasons Leonard loved Hydra:
- “[Greece] was the first place where I realized what the difference between north and south was. I was there two months and I was lying on a rock. I felt a little shiver. It was the last sliver of ice melting from inside a bone. I was finally warm.” Leonard Cohen
- Teller At London’s Bank Of Greece Introduces Leonard Cohen To Hydra
- “With Hydra, it was love at first sight. The people, the architecture,the sky, the mules, the smell, the life. Everything you looked at was beautiful.” Leonard Cohen
- Leonard Cohen Had A Thing For The Australians On Hydra