I remember walking into a club called Max’s Kansas City that I’d heard was the place where everybody went — I didn’t know anybody in New York—and I remember lingering by the bar, I was never good at that kind of hard work that’s involved with socializing, and a young man came over to me and said, ‘You’re Leonard Cohen, you wrote Beautiful Losers,’ which nobody had read, it only sold a few copies in America. And it was Lou Reed. He brought me over to a table full of luminaries – Andy Warhol, Nico. I was suddenly sitting at this table with the great spirits of the time.
DrHGuy Note: While this is an account of Leonard Cohen meeting Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and Nico in 1966, I’m most taken with Leonard comment on his own difficulties with “socializing.”
Quotation from I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Ecco: 2012. Photo by Eugene McLaughlin.