Two Superb Photos Of Leonard Cohen – Oslo 2008

Leonard Cohen, holding hat and flowers, at the July 1, 2008 concert at Bislet Stadium in Oslo. (The string of beads threaded around two fingers of his right hand is likely his komboloi, although it appears different from those Cohen typically carries.)

Leonard Cohen, leading his musicians in the closing chorus at the same show.
Photos by Ketil Blom Haugstulen @

Note: Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Pursue peace along paths that haven’t been walked before” Leonard Cohen’s Contribution From 2009 Tel Aviv Show Funds Unorthodox Intervention Project

When the singer and composer Leonard Cohen left the stage, soaked in sweat, at the end of a 2009 concert in Tel Aviv, he couldn’t known he’d just funded the means of not just better understanding deeply held beliefs, but perhaps of helping to rewrite them. He’d named the concert, attended by 47,000 people in the middle of widespread calls for boycotts of Israel following its three-week Gaza war, “A Concert for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace.” And he gave the approximately $1.5 million in ticket sales to a newly formed charity run by a board of Israelis and Palestinians, so that they could pursue projects that promoted coexistence.

The money funded, in part, work by a pair of researchers, Daniel Bar-Tal, who teaches at the school of education at Tel Aviv University, and Eran Halperin, a conflict specialist and psychology professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Hezliya. Their mandate from Cohen’s organization was clear: Pursue peace along paths that haven’t been walked before. So, hoping to find new ideas, they approached Israeli advertising agencies, and asked for suggestions on how to break through seemingly impossible disagreements.

From Absolutely Right: The Persuasion Technique That Could Bring Us to Our Senses, or Deepen Our Conflicts by Jacob Ward (Medium: Dec 4, 2017). The complete article is available at the link.

More posts about this concert can be found at ,

Photo: Leonard Cohen Plays Historic Venue – Edinburgh Castle 2008

I’m taken by photos of Leonard Cohen performances set in those venues invested with hundreds of years of their own history. Not only are romanticized notions of the past evoked, but the contrast between contemporary stage lighting and sound systems and the ancient backgrounds can be especially striking.1

In any case, this shot taken by Ipoh kia at the July 16, 2008 Leonard Cohen World Tour concert at Edinburgh Castle, the site of a royal castle since the 12th century, certainly qualifies for this category.

Used under Creative Commons license.


  1. On the other hand, I am reliably informed many such sites are uncomfortable, lack sufficient parking and toilet facilities, and feature suboptimal acoustics []

2010 Christmas Wish List For Leonard Cohen Fans

C’mon, is there any doubt about what Leonard Cohen fans want for Christmas?

Of course, that naughty/nice criterion might be a problem.

Consider this an old-fashioned Christmas piece It was originally posted Dec 15, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric, when it was thought likely there would be no more touring.


Photo by Matti Mattila