“I’ve been lucky. Nobody’s ever twisted my arm. Perhaps because nobody ever saw any great profits to be made from my work.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975). Originally posted December 14, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Looks At Commercial Success From Both Sides Now

There have been moments when I’ve felt that I’ve betrayed myself [for commercial success] but I think I would have felt that from the other side too if I hadn’t reached a wide audience. I would then have felt that I should have put more effort into reaching people.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Also see Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits The Charts – And Why That Matters (Maybe)

From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted Oct 17, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his songs “being recorded and entered into the commercial games”

Do you feel commercialized when a million copies of your albums are sold?

That isn’t the problem, that feeling doesn’t happen at the time a million albums are sold, it happens afterwards, when I accept the fact that my songs are being recorded and entered into the commercial games. I feel neither guilty nor happy, but I could add that the system uses me as much as I use it, so we would have to speak in terms of collaboration. What concerns me is reaching the people, so I have to submit to the rules of the game, because this system is the only means I have to do what I have to do.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From 1974 Interview with Leonard Cohen by Jordi Sierra I Fabra. Published in Leonard Cohen by Alberto Manzano (1978). Originally posted Nov 25, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Fortuitous Timing In Entering The Music Marketplace

When I entered the marketplace, there was a kind of crack in the walls of the commercial institutions. A few of us slipped in at the time. My work was getting a lot of attention that kind of work doesn’t receive today.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


DrHGuy: Well, I’ve heard that there’s a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell (AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985). Photo of Leonard Cohen paying the Mariposa Folk Festival on Aug 13, 1967 credit York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01707. Originally posted Sep 14, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Record Company: “I have always been touched by the modesty of their interest in my work”

Leonard Cohen in 1988, on the occasion of his record company, CBS, awarding him a Crystal Globe for selling more than five million albums overseas. (Source: Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel. Random House of Canada, Oct 29, 2010)

Note: Originally posted March 6, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric