“Everybody was rehearsed not only in the notes but also in something unspoken” Leonard Cohen On 2008 Tour Preparation


In rehearsal before 2008 Tour: Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson & Webb Sisters

Everybody was rehearsed not only in the notes but also in something unspoken. You could feel it in the dressing room as you moved closer to the concert, you could feel the sense of commitment, tangible in the room.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016). Photo by Lorca Cohen.

“My own collected emotions are best kept between two hard covers” Leonard Cohen On His Reluctance To Read His Poetry Onstage

I never really enjoyed myself doing poetry from the stage, but I’m sorry I didn’t have a book of poems with me [at the 1972 Dublin concert] because people were so hospitable and interested and I did feel so relaxed. I might just have said ‘Well here are some poems I’ve written, if you want to hear them.’ Once again I couldn’t read the poems and pretend to recreate the emotion that brought forth the poems, but I would have done it if I had had a book of poems. But it’s something that smacks a bit of the Sunday School, kind of ramming something down people’s throats. My own collected emotions are best kept between two hard covers.quotedown2

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From Behind The Enigma By Tony Wilson. New Musical Express: March 25, 1972. Images of The Energy Of Slaves by Leonard Cohen (1974 edition) contributed by Dominique BOILE.  Originally posted October 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About Why He Is More Popular In Europe Than America



Danny Fields: You’re the biggest star in the world in Europe.

Leonard Cohen: I’m a big act there, no question about it.

Danny Fields: Do you think it’s because you work there more, or because you pay more attention to Europe than America, or what?

Leonard Cohen: Maybe it’s because they can’t understand the lyrics.

Danny Fields: Do you look forward to the same vast acceptance in America?

Leonard Cohen: I don’t think it will happen in America. I don’t think the American tradition can accommodate a personage like that.

Danny Fields: What are the dimensions of that personage in Europe that can’t carry over the ocean?

Leonard Cohen: I think that that kind of singer is in the mainstream in Europe, and here it’s an eccentric kind of thing. I really think that the American music is black and Western, and whatever the permutations and combinations of those two things are. I don’t know if a chansonnier really fits into that.

From Leonard Cohen Looks at Himself by Danny Fields. Soho Weekly News, Vol. 1, #9. Dec 5, 1974.

Credit Due Department: This outstanding interview was discovered and contributed by Jugurtha Harchaoui. Originally posted Jan 21, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: Leonard Cohen: “I left my suit home in honor of this occasion” – “My first concert ever” Hartford 1970


Interviewer: “You did a concert in Connecticut and you walked out in this long trench coat and jeans and said ”I left my suit home in honor of this occasion’”

Leonard Cohen: “That was my first concert ever. I remember it. It was Hartford, Connecticut. You’re right. The trench coat and everything.”

Less than two weeks after posting the above photo, one of four included at Historic Images: Only Known Photos From Hartford Concert That Opened 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour, I serendipitously discovered this reference to that occasion. The quote is from Life On The Ledge With Leonard Cohen by Jon Marlowe. The Miami News: Nov 9, 1977. Originally posted Sept 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Inner-directed adolescents, lovers in all degrees of anguish, disappointed Platonists, pornography-peepers…” Leonard Cohen Describes His Desired Audience

Inner-directed adolescents, lovers in all degrees of anguish, disappointed Platonists, pornography-peepers, hair-handed monks and Popists, French-Canadian intellectuals, unpublished writers, curious musicians, etc., all that holy following of my artquotedown2

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Excerpt from a letter written by Leonard Cohen to McCelland & Stewart re designing the format of  The Spice-Box of Earth to appeal to his audience. Source: Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel