Mick Jagger’s Wandering Spirit Album Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox


Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.


Yes, it is true that a lot of people burn themselves out. A lot of people die, especially in rock and roll. But on the other hand, there are people who continue to perfect their art. Curiously enough — and this is probably a very unpopular example — I think the last album by Mick Jagger [Wandering Spirit], who is a figure who is not really taken seriously… That’s a guy who is somehow not considered to be at the cutting edge of his own spirit any longer. Somehow, he has dissolved into the celebrity that he so ferociously courted. But you know, I had occasion to look carefully at the lyrics of his last album [Wandering Spirit]. They’re really quite surprising. They’re pretty good. It’s been a long time since I’ve turned to Mick Jagger for spiritual information! I wanted to see what Mick Jagger was doing these days, ’cause all you hear of him is he shows up with a beautiful woman here or there, or he’s having marital problems, or he’s signing a $60 million contract. It seems not to have anything to do with what we’re interest in. But when I looked at that album, he says, ‘I’ve seen a whole lot of shit, I’ve seen more than most guys.’ He’s speaking the truth. He says, ‘I really have been on those mountains. I really have had dinner with those kings and princes and slept with those beautiful women. And now, from the point of view of this experience. I’m asking you: Is there nothing beyond the kisses? Is there anything better than fucking? I’d like to know because it isn’t very good.’ He’s saying something that is heavy and beautiful, and he’s saying it beautifully. And then … Nobody listening. You know it’s just like another little Mick Jagger record. And it’s cool. It’s OK. We don’t have to worry about the guy, either. We know he’s a billionaire, and we know he has these women. Putting all these things aside, which is difficult to do in a case like Mick Jagger, you see that this guy’s still on this trip at the age of 40 odd.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993.

Since Leonard indicated an album rather than one song, I’ve selected album’s lead single, Sweet Thing, from the playlist to represent the entire collection.

Leonard Cohen On Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones “The bread and wine of the pop groups” (1974)

I met Mick Jagger once in the lobby of the Plaza Hotel and he said, ‘Are you in New York for a poetry reading?’ There’s some of their songs I like very much. I think it’s wonderful the phenomenon of the Rolling Stones – the figure of Mick Jagger. They are the bread and wine of the pop groups. I was a little bit older than other people when I came into contact with these figures, and I’d already had my mind blown by older and much more outrageous people that I’d met in my youth, so I wasn’t about to succumb to the kind of fever that they produce in younger people. But I’ve always admired them from the slightly humourous point of view. I never did seriously ask myself if Mick Jagger was the Devil. But I think as figures they’re mighty interesting.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen Interview: September 15, 1974 by Robin Pike (ZigZag, Oct 1974). Photo By Bert Verhoeff (ANEFO) – gahetNA (Nationaal Archief NL): Rolling Stones concert in Zuiderpark te Den Haag, Mick Jagger in aktie, Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Fotocollectie Anefo, 928-6120., CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Also see Leonard Cohen on Mick Jagger In 1993 “He’s saying something that is heavy & beautiful, and he’s saying it beautifully”

Leonard Cohen Sighting – At Surprise Rolling Stones LA Show (May 20, 2015)


From BBC News Rolling Stones play surprise Sticky Fingers show:

The Rolling Stones have played a surprise gig in Los Angeles during which they performed the entire Sticky Fingers album. The show at the Fonda Theatre marked next month’s reissue of the 1971 LP that includes Brown Sugar and Wild Horses.

The audience on Wednesday included Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, Harry Styles, Leonard Cohen and Patricia Arquette.

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this sighting by Montse Coque Conde