Nov 4, 1980 was the date not only of the Leonard Cohen show in Bonn but also the 49th United States presidential election, pitting Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter. Consequently, Leonard dedicated Diamonds In The Mine to “the next president of the United States – if you can tell the difference.”
The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording
As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 10 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at.)
Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell.