For more information about this soon to be released documentary, see Tony Palmer’s New DVD Of Previously Unseen 1972 Leonard Cohen Concert Footage
When a guy gets attached to a city, it becomes a city of the mind. I still have this notion of Montreal as the capital of the sentimental world – the atmosphere here is romantic, more so than any other city I know. I was formed by this place, and now I feel obligated to give something back to it.
The Trials Of Leonard Cohen by Jack Kapica (Montreal Gazette: Aug 25, 1973). Accessed at the Google Newspaper Archives. Photo by Michael Loftus/
Resources: Leonard Cohen’s Montreal is a compilation of the best articles about Leonard Cohen’s Montreal homes and haunts as well as videos and a list of pertinent landmarks:
I participated in all these investigations that engaged the imagination of my generation at that time. I even danced and sang with the Hare Krishnas—no robe, I didn’t join them, but I was trying everything.
Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)
For the record, Leonard could dance while wearing a robe; check out Jikan Gets Jiggy
These photos fall within the “poorly kept secret” category. At least a dozen fans have forwarded these images, originally captured by Google Earth, my way. I was uncomfortable about posting these while Leonard lived at this address, but I did send him the photos late in March 2016, a time when we were exchanging items to amuse each other. In his next email, Leonard addressed the house photos in this excerpt:
Must have been a couple of years ago. Chairs have been changed. Can’t identify the other guy.
I came across that email today and realized that, since several photos of Leonard’s Los Angeles home have now been published online and since these are no longer the images displayed for Leonard’s address at Google Earth, there was little risk that posing these shots now, with the address information and links removed, would cause additional problems – so, here they are.
A delightful addition to Cohencentric’s Meeting Leonard Cohen category
Various Positions became a new turning point for Leonard Cohen. Suddenly he jumped straight from the cult status to the super-status, and in the transition he brought a fan base without age limit… In Bergen yesterday he was stopped on the street by teenage girls who wanted his autograph…
I think it’s great fun! I take it as a sign that I now write songs that people can understand. Recent Songs (1979) was a difficult LP full of symbolism and oriental music. People did not understand anything, and it had a direct result on the album sales. I did not go to the studio again in five years. I was losing my footing – and I admit it willingly.
Bård Oses intervju med Leonard Cohen by Linn Gjerstad [via Google Translate] (BA: March 26, 2012). From May 4, 1988 interview.
26. Leonard Cohen
Cohen emerged from a fifteen-year hiatus in 2008 with marathon shows that showcase all of his best songs. His band is absolutely stunning, and, at 78, his deeper-than-deep voice is captivating. The three-and-a-half hour show seems to pass by in minutes.
Showstopper: He doesn’t do many covers, but his set-closing rendition of “Save the Last Dance for Me” almost makes you forget the Drifters version even exists.
From 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now by Jo Lopez. Rolling Stone: July 31, 2013
Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Ghent: Aug 12, 2012
Video by MaartenLC
Originally posted August 2, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The photo of Leonard Cohen and a 16 year old Lorca at his L.A. home was taken May 16, 1991 by Paul Harris.
Leonard’s show was a soft-focus reflection of his somber side. Even his song introductions were sweet prose: “This examines betrayal from a point of view,” and “This is a dialog between you and your perfect lover…a song of unrelenting pessimism.” His tender-cold lament for the late Janis Joplin included her rejection of his advances: “I knew you well in the Chelsea Hotel…You told me again/You prefer handsome men/But for me you’d make an exception.” Cohen’s mastery of the facetious rhyme was woven throughout his melancholy. It was his recurring effort to “kinda wash the place out, change the air.” He mused, “I like a place that serves liquor. Uh, you know, there’s something happens to the audience when they’re drinking.”
From 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.
From Leonard Cohen Says That to All the Girls by Barbara Amiel. Maclean’s: Sept 18, 1978. Now available at From the archives: Leonard Cohen and the Casanova paradox. Originally posted Jan 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric