New York Times Op-Ed Names Leonard Cohen “King Of Pop” – With An Assist From DrHGuy


“Leonard Cohen Hits Charts” To Become “King Of Pop”

Displayed above is the opening of Who’s King Of Pop Now? by Jesse Kornbluth, an op-ed that appeared in the February 12, 2012 New York Times Sunday Review.  It is a noteworthy essay and well worth reading in its entirety.

While its date of publication prevented its inclusion in the list of Must-Read Leonard Cohen Posts And Resources,  I am willing to make an exception and add Mr Kornbluth’s late entry to the must-read list because of its quality (i.e., his views are congruent with my own) and his immaculate taste in references.

The astute reader may notice the only link in this excerpt and, in fact, the only link in the piece, is the one in the following sentence:

And yet Mr. Cohen not only vaulted to the top of Amazon music last week …

Were one to click on that link – and Cohen willing, that will happen many, many times today – one would find oneself at a  post titled, “Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits The Charts – And Why That Matters (Maybe),” which happens to reside on – yep, this very site. (Update: The link in the original NY Times piece goes to an inaccessible location on the late, great; I’ve reset the link above to take one to the same post, originally found at, transplanted to Cohencentric)

So, thanks Leonard, for releasing an album so popular that it got my site referenced by a hot-shot New York Times op-ed.1

Note: Originally posted Feb 12, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. This reminds me of the opening game of the 1992 NBA Finals when Michael Jordan and I combined to score 35 points in the first half. []

The New Yorker Prints & Streams “Going Home” By Leonard Cohen – Jan 2012

Note: Originally posted Jan 16, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Press Rediscovers Leonard Cohen

While the release of the Old Ideas album is itself, along with the 2012 Tour, one of the two major Leonard Cohen stories of 2012, the press coverage of the album and Cohen himself is a story unto itself. Cohencentric is posting a few examples to provide a sense of the quality of the content and the range of publications involved. Today’s featured periodical is the New Yorker.

The New Yorker And Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen & Eustace Tilley team up on Going Home

Long known for its publication of poetry, The New Yorker not only presents Leonard Cohen’s poem, “Going Home,” in its Jan 23, 2012 issue (on newsstands January 16th) but but also premieres the song, “Going Home,” streaming it from the magazine’s online site (posted Jan 13, 2012) – a first for the 86 year old institution.1

Note: To commemorate the New Yorker-Leonard Cohen love feast, Cohencentric offers special New Yorker cover art (atop this post), a graphic illustrating the Leonard Cohen-Eustace Tilley “Going Home” duet (above), and Cohenite View Of The World – A New Yorker Style Map Of Leonard Cohen Land Circa 2012, as well as the pertinent information.

New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, who has been listening to Cohen since 1967, said that he is “thrilled” that the periodical will be presenting Cohen’s work in this manner, characterizing it as another step taken in acknowledging the power and achievement of singer-songwriters. Muldoon goes on to say,

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  1. To clarify, the “86 year old institution” is The New Yorker. Mr Cohen, on the other hand, is a “77 year old icon” and, in any case, has previously had his songs streamed. []

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Warsaw “Sit Beside Leonard” Old Ideas Promotion


According to the Jan 31, 2012 edition of,

To promote the new studio album of Leonard Cohen, Sony Music has organized an unusual contest.

In several Warsaw Empik Cohen – specifically, his cardboard likeness – was seated on the bench, referring to the album cover “Old Ideas,” and all those who until February 14 to address [email protected] send your photo with Leonard on that bench (not counting the technique or image quality, but an interesting idea), have a chance to win a full discography of the artist.

Leonard can be found from today for the first 2 weeks in the following stores Empik: Golden Terraces, Arcadia, Junior, Mokotów Gallery, Will Park, Auchan Piaseczno.

Of course, The Duchess and I flew to Warsaw to submit an entry, but we were inexplicably disqualified.

sitleoNote: Originally posted Feb 12, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There is no precedent in popular music for Leonard Cohen” PopMatters 2012

There is no precedent in popular music for Leonard Cohen. An acclaimed poet and novelist in his 20s, he didn’t record his first album until he was 33, when he had the distinction of being the first “New Dylan” who was older than Dylan himself. Many of the lyrics on his vinyl debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen (released December 27, 1967), were built around his old poems. Three of its gentlest and most melodic tracks, “Suzanne”, “Sisters of Mercy”, and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”, became standards. But most of the record was steeped in the unforgiving religiosity of the Old Testament and saturated by the pain of unsatisfied lust, providing a Winter of Our Discontent counterpoint to the Summer of Love. That bleak path is the one Cohen has followed for the last 40-plus years, though as he memorably put it in 1992’s “Anthem”, “There is a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.”quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas by Jeff Schwager. PopMatters: 31 January 2012.

Note: Originally posted February 10, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric