“I did a tour of Poland before the Solidarity government …I discovered that Poland was probably my largest audience in the world. Unfortunately, they paid me in zlotys, which were…not transferable.” Leonard Cohen

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I did a tour of Poland before the solidarity government was established. I discovered that Poland was probably my largest audience in the world. Unfortunately, they paid me in zlotys, which were, as you know, not transferable. At times when my so-called career in the West almost evaporated in most places, there was always this following in Poland and Eastern Europe. I don’t know why. My great-grandfather came from Wylkowyski, which was part of Poland at the time. I was very pleased to be able to say that I came from Poland, although they really didn’t think of me as Polish.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Jewish Book News Interview With Leonard Cohen By Arthur Kurzweil And Pamela Roth: 1994. Poster contributed by jeremek. Photo of cash credit to piviso.com. Originally posted July 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric,

 

“My friends say I’m a barrel of laughs.” Leonard Cohen


Jo Meul points out that at 01’50” of Leonard Cohen Interview & Performance Of The Law On Midi Public  – Radio Télévision Suisse 1985 (see video below), one can hear Leonard attest, tongue-in-cheek, “My friends say I’m a barrel of laughs,” the same phrase he employed in his interview on the 1984 Mike Walsh Show (Australia).

Leonard must have been particularly amusing during this era; it was in 1985 that the following exchange took place:

Q: What is [Leonard Cohen] like on a night on the town? Leonard Cohen: “People say I’m a hoot to be with”

Q: Does [beauty] transform the world? Leonard Cohen: “I don’t know about the world. Beauty certainly does something for me. I’m a sucker for it.”

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted Jan 30, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It is agreeable to see [my daughter] go back to school with her satchel of CDs including Dylan, the Grateful Dead, & myself.” Leonard Cohen 1992

From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained By Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen To Interviewer “Why don’t you just ask me what my favourite colour is? It’s yellow. Well, and blue.”

Thank goodness Leonard also liked blue; “Famous Yellow Raincoat” just doesn’t scan

Leonard Cohen’s comment was spoken to protest the interviewer focusing on issues (e.g., Zionism) that were “too complex, too serious to speak of over coffee.” From Love Me, Love My Gun Barrel by Graham Lock. New Musical Express: February 23, 1980.  Leonard also gave yellow as his favorite color in this 1988 video interview.