“I’ve never belonged to rock ‘n’ roll, but I enjoyed its hospitality” Leonard Cohen Lauds Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino

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I have never belonged to rock’n’roll, but I enjoyed its hospitality. I grew up with folk music and blues. I always hoped that one day I would be able to accomplish the feat of the simplicity of great songs like Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino. I was very moved at that. This is the great modern writing. I started to play guitar to it.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen et la mesure du temps [via Google Translate] by Jean-François Nadeau. Le Devoir: June 21, 2008.

More about Leonard Cohen on Fats Domino

Originally posted December 3, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About How Bob Dylan Did And Did Not Impact His Musical Career

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From Lenny Plays It Cool by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987)

The Cohen-Dylan Interface

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

Leonard Cohen On Songwriters Who Influenced Him

Do you identify more with a European cultural tradition of songwriters – Jacques Brel, Mikos Theodorakis, Georges Moustaki, [Georges] Brassens?

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Of course those singers and songwriters have meant a good deal to me. But so does Chuck Berry.quotedown2

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From Radio Interview by Tom Schnabel: July 13, 1988 (Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM)

Also see “The thing I liked about [the PEN Award] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen [2012]

Note: This content originally posted Mar 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

“Music was always the thing closest to me, and I saw poetry as part of that.” Leonard Cohen On His Early Influences

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Music was always the thing closest to me, and I saw poetry as part of that. My early poetry was very much influenced by Scottish Border ballads, the Spanish flamenco songs, the Portuguese fado.quotedown2

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Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by Pete PurnellOriginally posted June 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen lists Pete Seeger & Josh White among “first singers I listened to with any real pleasure”

Who were the singers who you’ve admired?

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The first singers I listened to with any real pleasure were Pete Seeger and Josh White and the singers from Wheeling, West Virginia, the country music radio station. Those were the singers I listened to with a lot of pleasure. I used to write to music all the time and it was folk music mostly, Spanish music and flamenco music.quotedown2

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From I Have No Idea of the Sound I’m Looking For – An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969.

Also see Leonard Cohen Attends First Live Gig: Josh White – Ruby Foo’s Montreal 1949

Originally posted June 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You wanted to be the Superman who was never Clark Kent.” From Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

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Note: Leonard Cohen was, like me, a comic book aficionado. For more about this often overlooked early influence on the Canadian singer-songwriter, see

Note: Originally posted April 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric