Leonard Cohen Photos Used On First Editions Of Energy Of Slaves

Dominique BOILE offers these portraits of Leonard Cohen used as cover art for The Energy Of Slaves. The photo atop this post is the back cover of the English paperback edition (Jonathan Cape 1972).

The image immediately below is found on the back cover of the first UK edition of Energy Of Slaves by Leonard Cohen (1972 – Jonathan Cape Ltd, London).

Below is the cover from he first Canadian edition of Energy Of Slaves by Leonard Cohen (1972 – McClelland And Stewart Ltd., Toronto). This photo, taken by Suzanne Elrod in Mexico in 1972 was also used for the cover of the Leonard Cohen: Live Songs album.

Originally posted June 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Suzanne Elrod: “She’s the mother of my children, a good mother to them, and whether or not we continue to live apart, this will always be my marriage.”

Leonard Cohen quoted six months after he and Suzanne Elrod, mother of Leonard’s children, Adam & Lorca, separated.

From Leonard Cohen Says That to All the Girls by Barbara Amiel. Maclean’s: Sept 18, 1978.

Leonard Cohen & Suzanne Elrod – The Tennessee Sojourn

When Cohen decided to go down to Nashville in 1968, he was initially opposed to Suzanne [Elrod] coming with him. She spent the night before his departure carousing with several men, an unsubtle message. Cohen was upset but slightly overpowered. He was in thrall and it was decided that she would go with him. They stayed briefly in the Noel Hotel but decided to move to a small cabin in Franklin, Tennessee, a rural town twenty-five miles southwest of Nashville. It was their home for the next two years. Producer Bob Johnston rented the place from Boudleaux Bryant, songwriter of “Bye, Bye Love” and other hits for the Everly Brothers, but let Cohen have it for seventy-five dollars a month. It came with twelve hundred acres of virgin forest filled with hickory, chestnut, oak, beech, and black ash trees. It also had a stream. Wild peacocks roamed the area and Cohen would amuse his occasional guests by imitating their cry.

He and Suzanne led a quiet rural life, driving in to Nashville only to record or to meet friends. Suzanne made long dresses, worked at her loom and dabbled with pottery. Guests to the farm found it isolated and Cohen’s life there simple. At the time he was continuing with his macrobiotic diet (between 1965 and 1968 he was a vegetarian). Cohen often had nothing to offer guests but soy tea…

For the most part, Suzanne felt comfortable in Tennessee, although she made regular trips back to New York or Florida. “Diamonds in the Mine,” from Cohen’s third album, refers to her failure to write to him and his disappointment at not finding any letters from her in his mailbox on the farm. But in composing, recording, and living far from the pressures of Montreal or the intensity of Hydra, he was content: “I moved there. I had a house, a jeep, a carbine, a pair of cowboy boots, a girlfriend… A typewriter, a guitar. Everything I needed.” Suzanne’s view of their life there, however, was touched with cynicism: “As long as someone like him [Cohen] was in the universe, it was okay for me to be here. I was walking on tiptoe—anything for the poet. Our relationship was like a spider web. Very complicated.”

Excerpt from Various Positions: A Life Of Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel (Random House of Canada: 1996)

Photo found on several websites without date, location, or attribution

Suzanne Elrod (Mother Of Adam & Lorca Cohen) On Leonard Cohen’s Mother: “She was [Leonard Cohen’s] most dreamy spiritual influence. The only thing that bothered me was that she always called me Marianne.”

From left: Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen – Montreal 1972 . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980.

Note: Originally posted Dec 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen 101: Suzanne Identification Guide – Suzanne Elrod, Suzanne Verdal, & Suzanne Vega

 

Suzanne Elrod

Atop this post is a photo of Suzanne Elrod, the companion of Leonard Cohen in the 1970s and the mother of his children, Lorca and Adam Cohen. (She and Leonard were never married although he did occasionally refer to her as his wife.) Elrod shot the cover photograph of Cohen’s Live Songs album (under the name “Valentina) and is pictured on the cover of the Death of a Ladies’ Man album. More information about the relationship between Leonard Cohen and Suzanne Elrod, including her role in “My Gypsy Wife,” can be found at Cohencentric: Suzanne Elrod.

Suzanne Elrod is not the subject of Leonard Cohen’s song, “Suzanne.” That erroneous presumption, however, is so common enough that Leonard developed an explanation, which Adam has co-opted in this instance:

Q: Is your mom Suzanne, the same Suzanne from the song?

Adam Cohen: My father actually wrote the song before meeting my mother, but says he wrote it to summon her.1

Suzanne Verdal

Leonard Cohen wrote “Suzanne” about Suzanne Verdal, who was then the wife of Cohen’s friend, sculptor Armand Vaillancourt and who actually took Leonard “down to her place near the river” where she fed him tea and oranges. Leonard’s reflections writing the song and on Suzanne Verdal herself and Suzanne Verdal’s own account of the events can be found at Cohencentric: Suzanne Verdal.

Suzanne Vega

707px-Suzanne_Vega_mit_GitarreSuzanne Vega is a singer-songwriter who has long admired Leonard Cohen and has worked with and opened shows for him. More about her connection with Leonard can be found at Cohencentric: Suzanne Vega.

Suzanne Vega photo by Richard Huber – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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  1. Adam Cohen charts his own path with homage to dad Leonard by Mike Benhaim. Toronto Metro: Oct 11 2012 []

Leonard Cohen Explains How Suzanne And Krystal Burgers Led To Him Leaving Tennessee

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The girl I was with was what destroyed it [life in Franklin Tennessee], because she developed this obsession with Krystal burgers. I mean it got to be a serious problem.  She refused to cook, so we’d have to go in every day (20 miles) to eat cheeseburgers, and it just destroyed the whole isolation — Suzanne.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, explaining why he left Franklin,Tennessee in Leonard Lately – A Leonard Cohen interview-article by Bill Conrad. Posted May 7, 2012 at No Depression. Note: Although not published until 2012, the article is based on an interview that took place in autumn 1976.

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Credit Due Department: Photo by Nathan Eror from Houston, TX, USA – Breakfast, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted June 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Suzanne Elrod (Mother Of Adam & Lorca Cohen) On Leonard Cohen: “Our relationship was like a spider web. Very complicated.”

The couple moved to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods. Says Suzanne, “We admired the wild peacocks, listened to the stream in the morning, watched the sunset in the evening. I was devoted to him. As long as someone like him was in the universe, it was okay for me to be here. I was walking on tiptoe—anything for the poet. Our relationship was like a spider web. Very complicated.”

From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980. From left to right on the Cohen record sleeve of Death Of A Ladies’ Man are Eva LaPierre, Leonard Cohen, and Suzanne Elrod, the mother of Adam and Lorca Cohen. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric