Video & Annotated Transcript: 2011 Leonard Cohen Prince of Asturias Awards Speech

video-title-screenLeonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech, given October 21, 2011 at Oviedo, Spain, is a remarkable performance that is entertaining, enriching, and enlightening – a must-see for those even modestly interested in the Canadian singer-songwriter.

The video and an annotated transcript of the presentation is now online at Leonard Cohen: The Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech With Annotations & Commentary,


Note: Originally posted Oct 25, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos: Leonard Cohen Caught In The Act (Of Graciousness) At 2011 Prince Of Asturias Awards

Studies Of The Nape Of An Icon’s Neck

Leonard Cohen was Protocol Breaker #1 at the 2011 Prince Of Asturias Awards, habitually responding graciously to requests to sign a CD, book, brochure, etc., thus wreaking havoc on the carefully constructed organizational timetables.

These evidentiary photos were taken and contributed by the Spanish Cohen Brigade.

Note: Originally posted Dec 19, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Las Lágrimas De Un Príncipe [Tears Of A Prince] – Leonard Cohen At The Prince Of Asturias Awards


This video comprises memory-evoking photos of Leonard Cohen taken by Eloy Alonso at the 2011 Prince Of Asturias Awards set to the music of “Suzanne.” (Also see The Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech Video With Annotations & Commentary)

Credit Due Department: The image atop this post is a screen capture from the video. Originally posted Apr 30, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen 2011 Prince Of Asturias Award Speech Broadcast On “The Streets Of Oviedo”

oc-sign-oviedo-scaled1000Original caption: En la Plaza de la Escandalera ponen unas pantallas gigantes para poder seguir la ceremonia de entrega y había mucha gente.

Google English translation [adapted]: Giant TV screens were placed in the Plaza de la Escandalera where many people followed the ceremony.

Photo taken and shared by Almira 16.  DrHGuy also thanks Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner, who alerted him to this photo and who suggested the Leonard Cohen rewrite of the Marty Robbins classic as “The Streets Of Oviedo.”

Also see Leonard Cohen’s Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech With Commentary

Note: Originally posted October 26, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2015 University of Oviedo Leonard Cohen Chair Program Opens Oct 30


The Leonard Cohen Chair at the University of Oviedo is funded by the the Canadian singer-songwriter with the €50,000 prize he received from the Prince of Asturias award (see University of Oviedo creates Leonard Cohen Chair, funded by the artist as “thank you” to Asturias). This year’s program is extensive and includes at least two names that will be familiar to ongoing readers: Alberto Manzano & A Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes. For information, see La Cátedra Leonard Cohen de la Universidad de Oviedo pretende abrirse mas a la sociedad  (see the same article in English Translation via Google Translate)

Credit Due Department: Many thanks go to CHEMA of Barcelona, who alerted me to this article. Emblem atop this post “Universidad de Oviedo Escudo” by Universidad de OviedoOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons.

Today’s Leonard Cohen Facebook Post Features His Remarkable Prince Of Asturias Awards Speech

Leonard Cohen's fedora left on chair during his talk

Leonard Cohen’s fedora left on chair during his talk

As ongoing readers may know, I occasionally post at the official Leonard Cohen Facebook Page. Today’s entry features his speech accepting The Prince Of Asturias Award In Letters given in Oviedo on October 21, 2011. Stop by and take a look at Leonard Cohen Facebook.