Leonard Cohen Refutes Notion Of “Famous British Reserve”

What about that Famous British Reserve that artists tell us is so inhibiting?

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An audience in Antwerp is more reserved than an audience in London. Everyone knows that the British are really passionate – the cover has been blown! This idea of British reserve and rigidity – I don’t know who invented it. Perhaps the French!quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: Thoughts Of A Ladies’ Man by Elizabeth M. Thomson. 1979 interview reposted to FolkTracks: Jan 12, 2017. Photo from June 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen London show by Eugene McLaughlin.

Leonard Cohen Bonds With Helsinki Audience Over Hockey Losses – 1988


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Thank you very much, friends. It’s very nice to be here. I’m sorry that the concert was delayed one night and that you lost the hockey game. The Montreal Canadians just lost a hockey game, too, so I’m in deep sympathy with all of youquotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s introductory words to the audience at his April 28, 1988 concert at Jaahalli in Helsinki, Finland. Originally posted Nov 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Scorpion & The Camel: Leonard Cohen’s Story Of The Middle East

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Well, I’m gonna tell you a little story I just heard. There was this scorpion that was trying to get across the stream. He was too small to get across and he came to a camel and said ‘Will you carry me across the stream?’ The camel said, ‘Of course I’m not going to carry you across the stream. You’re a scorpion and you’re gonna sting me.’ Well, after many hours of persuasion, the camel was finally convinced to take the scorpion across the stream. Midway across the stream, the scorpion stung the camel. They’re both going down. They’re both being swept away and the camel says, ‘Why did you sting me?’ and the scorpion says, ‘Because this is the Middle East.’quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen – from “Songs and Thoughts of Leonard Cohen” by Robert O’Brian (RockBill, September 1987). Map By TownDown – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted September 20, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On The “Apocalyptic Landscape” Of Los Angeles As “A Very Appropriate Landscape For My Work”

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I think that L.A. has a very appropriate landscape for my work. It is really truly an apocalyptic landscape. Geologically, the place is about to fly apart. Socially and politically, we know that it’s erupting every two years, there is real social unrest, and many of the writers who’ve worked there have perceived that this is the place where the destruction of the American psyche is going on in a very discernible manner. I find it a very hospitable place to work … The social contract is fraying. People are not quite certain how to behave with one another. It is up for grabs. I don’t like that part of it.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Barbara Gowdy (November 19, 1992 interview published in One on One: The Imprint Interviews, ed. Leanna Crouch, Somerville House Publishing 1994).  Photo by Robert A. Eplett – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted August 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Leonard Cohen on “what makes [Montreal] a good city for poets”

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Eclecticism is the situation in Montreal continually. It’s because the cultures are distinct. You’re taking something from the English, something from the French, something from the Jews – something from the past, something from the future. That’s what makes it a good city for poets. Things are still distinct. You do know that you’re penetrating into other sensibilities. It isn’t blurred, like in America, where the American idea is so strong.quotedown2

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From Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by By Chicoutimi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted Feb 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More About Leonard Cohen’s Montreal

The best articles about Leonard Cohen’s Montreal homes and haunts as well as videos and a list of pertinent landmarks can be found at Resources: Leonard Cohen’s Montreal.

“A country [Spain] that has something such as flamenco, that has in its tradition poets like Lorca, shouldn’t let itself be influenced, and certainly not governed, by a music made up by another mentality and put on it by strictly commercial interests.” Leonard Cohen 1974

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Interviewer: In spite of being Canadian, you have made the Mediterranean into something of a home. What do countries such as Greece and Spain mean to you?

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That they are two very pure vestiges in a technologized world. The folklore of both countries is something that is not found in many places, although it seems, from what I have seen since my arrival in Barcelona, that it is losing out in favor of Americanization. A country that has something such as flamenco, that has in its tradition poets like Lorca, shouldn’t let itself be influenced, and certainly not governed, by a music made up by another mentality and put on it by strictly commercial interests.quotedown2

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From 1974 Interview with Leonard Cohen by Jordi Sierra I Fabra. Published in Leonard Cohen by Alberto Manzano (1978). Photo by Pete Purnell.Originally posted Jun 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric