“Cohen made the hall a sacred space” From Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen: An Evening with Leonard Cohen in Austin


Introduction:

“Here It Is – Letters To Leonard Cohen,” a book presented to the Canadian singer-songwriter in celebration of his 80th birthday, comprises stories and essays by fans that put their experience of Cohen’s music into words. Kim Gorsuch, who has long admired Cohen, came up with the idea and organized the project, gathering the pieces and photos online for printing into a hardbound volume. Because the stories are too significant and too moving not to be shared, Cohencentric.com is posting a few selections. Today’s offering is Kim Gorsuch’s own contribution: An Evening with Leonard Cohen in Austin.

An Evening with Leonard Cohen in Austin

Until this particular evening, I thought I was Leonard’s biggest secret fan. Until I looked around in wonder at the packed Long Center, full of thousands of fans of all ages and all walks of life. All of us enraptured by Cohen.

Sitting in this concert, way up in the sky seats, you could feel and almost touch the emotion in the room. Cohen made the hall a sacred space, and we sat enthralled by the man who sang for us for hours, as if we were his first and last audience ever; as if we were his best, most intimate friends. He kept thanking us for being there, when all we wanted to do was offer up our own thanks for his gift of greatness. Not just for the wonder of his lyrics, but the power they have to open us up to ourselves, to throw a light into dark and lonely corners, to show us a glimpse of our best selves… and our worst. Continue Reading →

The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: On Tour With Leonard Cohen By Sharon Robinson – Preview Photos + Reviews

The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one own without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s. Today’s recommendation is a unique volume of Leonard Cohen photos:

On Tour with Leonard Cohen By Sharon Robinson

Official Description:

On Tour with Leonard Cohen documents the wildly successful Leonard Cohen World Tour through the eyes of his friend and longtime collaborator, Sharon Robinson. In 2004 Cohen’s manager stole his life savings, forcing him out of planned retirement into what has now become a legendary six-year sojourn.

Sharon Robinson has been associated with Cohen since the Field Commander Cohen tour of 1979-80, first as a singer and subsequently as his co-writer and producer. She was drafted into the current iteration of Cohen’s band, The Unified Heart Touring Company, from the onset, and has literally been at his side for over 400 shows. Robinson has captured her experience behind the scenes with the complete freedom afforded her by her unique position.

On Tour with Leonard Cohen
 is an impressionistic view of what it was like to be on tour with the legendary singer-songwriter poet. Robinson reveals the nitty-gritty of day-to-day life of the road, onstage and behind the scenes, and the chemistry of Cohen and his supporting artists, together on an incredible journey across the globe, their hearts and minds focused on the next show.

Available at Amazon

Sound Check at the Paramount Theater – Oakland 2013

Reviews

Leonard Cohen, Up Close: Collaborator Sharon Robinson on Her New Photos of the Enigmatic Musician by Amy Ephron (Vogue: Dec 9, 2014) Excerpt:

Her publisher calls it “impressionistic.” It is a book of photographs, 92 percent of which were shot on an iPhone, which gives them a curious sense of intimacy, spontaneity, and complicity, echoing, in a way, the particular closeness of Ms. Robinson and Mr. Cohen’s relationship. Some of the images are haunting: the selfie that the book opens with; the image of Cohen’s hats (of course, he would have multiple) laid out on the lit makeup counter of a dressing room, the hats reflected in the mirror, the many hats of Leonard Cohen; the amazingly humble and hilarious shot of Cohen at a Laundromat that Robinson calls Clean Clothes; and an image of Cohen walking away, his image framed by a Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture in Manhattan.

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From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: Bolo Tie & Slide

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A smiling Leonard Cohen wearing a bolo tie at the December 2, 2010 World Tour show in Vancouver

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one own without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

Leonard Cohen’s Bolo Tie

An object lesson in The Man’s Still Got It was presented at Madison Square Garden last night. Leonard Cohen—78 years young, headlining a tour he’s titled “Old Ideas”—played a packed house … Cohen cycled through all the hits, including a spoken-word rendition of “A Thousand Kisses Deep,” which electrified Haider Ackermann’s Fall 2011 show,* but as impressive as the set list was his swagger and style. You could almost believe that he could actually rehabilitate that most despised men’s accessory, the bolo tie, which hung around his neck. Time—and perhaps the next season of menswear shows, fast approaching in January—will tell.1

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by Ashley Tanasiychuk for www.guttersnipenews.com

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  1. From Garden Commander Cohen by Matthew Schneier. Posted Dec 19, 2012 at Style.com. Bolding mine. []

From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: Leonard Cohen Magazine Features

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one own without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

Leonard Cohen Magazine Features

After posting From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: The Leonard Cohen Playboy Interview, I realized there are many music magazines that have devoted entire issues, covers, or feature stories to Leonard Cohen that would make dandy, affordable gifts.. I’ve selected these three for this post simply because they were on sale at eBay today for the prices indicated.

MOJO: March 2012 (£2.50)

mojolcMOJO: Dec 2008 (£2.95)

mojolc2MOJO: Sept 1994 (£5.99)
While the cover features a scowling Neil Young, the issue features a superb John Walsh piece on Leonard Cohen headed by the photo atop this post.

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From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: The Leonard Cohen Playboy Interview

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one wear without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

The Dec 2009 Playboy Leonard Cohen Interview

Just in time for Christmas, Mandy MacLeod alerts us to this issue of the Dec 2009 Playboy (Polish Edition), featuring a Leonard Cohen interview, on sale for (US)$14 at eBay. The perfect gift for that Leonard Cohen fan who reads Polish and can somehow tolerate the photos of naked women surrounding the Cohen interview.

 

DrHGuy Note: Typically, I post Leonard Cohen merchandise only as an exhibit for viewing by those interested in the Canadian singer-songwriter. Occasionally, I post items that I think readers might be interested in purchasing. In these cases, I include more details and a direct link to the sale site. I have, however, no affiliation with the seller or sales site, do not receive a commission or fee of any sort, and cannot vouch for the accuracy or validity of the description (which is routinely provided by the seller) or the true value of the item. Inclusion in a post is not equivalent to an endorsement or guarantee or, indeed, anything more significant than “How about that.” Caveat emptor, King’s X, no backsies …

From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: Komboloi

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one wear without appearing a hipster wannabe?  So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

Leonard Cohen & Komboloi

Komboloi are worry beads which resemble prayer beads but have no religious significance. Leonard Cohen has used komboloi, seen dangling from his left hand in the above photo, since living on Hydra. An animation of the Canadian singer-songwriter employing komboloi is shown below (also see Animation: Leonard Cohen Displays Komboloi Technique). Komboloi can be purchased at many online sites.

Source Video: The Future – Conversations with Leonard Cohen – 1993.

View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations

From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: The Leonard Cohen Hydra Pendant

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one wear without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

The Leonard Cohen Hydra Pendant

Found on photos of Leonard Cohen taken when he & Marianne lived on Hydra.

See also The Leonard Cohen Dublin Pendant

From The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide: The Leonard Cohen Dublin Pendant

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The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide

Now that we’re in the holiday season, the question inevitably arises:

What is a good gift for a Leonard Cohen fan?

The obvious choices, recordings and official merchandise, are – well – obvious. Most Cohenites, for example, already own all the albums (usually in least three formats) as well as any of the official merchandise they actually want. And how many fedoras can one wear without appearing a hipster wannabe? So, as a public service, Cohencentric is offering The Incredibly Unofficial Leonard Cohen Gift Guide, featuring – oh, let’s go with more imaginative gift offerings such as the item that inspired the Guide, A Scarf Like Leonard’s.

The Leonard Cohen Dublin Pendant1

I was asked to repost the above photo by a reader, who upon viewing yesterday’s entry Warning Sign 16: You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If – “A scarf like Leonard’s” tops your Christmas list – now that you own three fedoras, became interested in creating a piece of jewelry similar to the pendant worn b the Canadian singer-songwriter as a Christmas gift.

For those who may have forgotten, this is one of three photos discovered by Mandy MacLeod and posted at Photos: Leonard Cohen Loses Shirt; Hattie Webb Unleashes Hair – Dublin 2009. As noted then, the compulsion to share them was, not unlike the first Stage of a man’s allure to women, irresistible (OK, the compulsion to share them became irresistible once Hattie Webb & Leonard Cohen let me know they had no objection to the photos appearing on Cohencentric).

All three photos were taken by Joseph Carenza III in Dublin on July 19, 2009.

Also see The Leonard Cohen Hydra Pendant

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  1. “Dublin Pendant” is for identification only. The photo was taken in Dublin, but there is, as far as I know, no other connection. []