Australian Encounters: George Johnston and Leonard Cohen 1960
George Johnston and Leonard Cohen 19601 tells the story of Leonard Cohen moving to Hydra where he met Australian writers George Johnston and Charmian Clift – and, of course, Marianne. According to the Australian Encounters web site,
Presented with humour and verve, Australian Encounters celebrates ten historic encounters, each between a renowned Australian and an international mover and shaker.
In the backroom bar of the Katsikas brothers’ grocery store, amid tins of olive oil and sacks of flour, a young unknown Canadian poet met an Australian expatriate named George Johnston.
Leonard Cohen – Australian Encounters
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A succinct account of the connection between Cohen & Johnston by the same author and illustrator responsible for the Australian Encounters series can be found at George Johnston & Leonard Cohen by Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz (The Monthly: November 2005, No. 7)
A more extensive account, along with many photos, can be accessed at Leonard Cohen, George Johnston, Charmian Clift On Hydra.
Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Anja Deelen, who alerted me to availability of this video and to Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner, who made the video accessible.
Note: Originally posted Oct 10, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- George Johnston and Leonard Cohen 1960 – Series 1: Episode 7 of Australian Encounters – originally aired Oct 8, 2013 on ABC1. [↩]