“One of the downsides of growing old is that you have to surrender your vices one by one. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t court women. So I have a lot of free time. I keep scratching away, blackening pages. Writing is my friend.” Leonard Cohen (2014)


Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. Photo by Dominique BOILE (10 Exclusive Photos: Leonard Cohen At His Paris Hotel 3 Days Before Start Of 2013 European Tour)

Note: Originally posted Nov 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“‘Roll over Beethoven / Tell Tchaikovsky the news’… I’d like to write a line like that.” Leonard Cohen


The thing I liked about [the PEN New England award for literary excellence in song lyrics] was that I’m sharing it with Chuck Berry. ‘Roll over Beethoven / Tell Tchaikovsky the news’… I’d like to write a line like that.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012. Chuck Berry photo by Michael Borkson – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted Aug 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see Chuck Berry Dies – “All of us are footnotes to the words of Chuck Berry” Leonard Cohen

More about the 2012 PEN New England Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award won by Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry at PEN Awards.

“I hope I am still on stage at age 80, conveying my life experiences in song…” Leonard Cohen 1985


Wisdom has wandered down from generation to generation and has validity today. But unfortunately there are too many people who ignore everything one can learn by listening to others. I hope I am still on stage at age 80, conveying my life experiences in song to the audience. There is nothing better a man do for his fellow man than sharing his experience of life.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohens store comeback by Leffe (LeffesLab: Jan 12, 2015) Translated from German to English by Google Translate and other online translation processes. Interview originally published in February 1985 in several newspapers, including Bergens Tidende and Ny Tid)

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen at Sept 20, 2013 Amsterdam Concert by Pete Purnell.

Animated Interpretation Of “A Kite Is a Victim” by Leonard Cohen + 3 Other Canadian Poems

Poets on Film No. 1, Bozenna Heczko, Elizabeth Lewis, Janet Perlman & Gayle Thomas, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

This 1977 short film from the National Film Board Of Canada brings together animated interpretations of four poems by great Canadian wordsmiths: “Riverdale Lion” by John Robert Colombo, “A Kite Is a Victim” by Leonard Cohen, “Klaxon” by James Reaney and George Johnston’s “The Bulge.”

The “A Kite Is a Victim” by Leonard Cohen segment begins at 1:50.

“My two cents worth: More harmonies, more harmonies, more harmonies! They lift from extremely satisfying to sublime.” Just Before His Death, Leonard Cohen Advises Hattie Webb


My two cents worth: More harmonies, more harmonies, more harmonies! They lift from extremely satisfying to sublime. The album will be cherished by the lovers of beauty, but I want it to seduce millions. That part was clearly mapped out by The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. Forgive my impertinence,




Leonard Cohen’s reply to Hattie Webb after she’d forwarded some of the songs from her upcoming solo album over to LA for her “friend and teacher” to hear. From Leonard Cohen Tribute: The Webb Sisters On “Our Friend And Teacher” Hot Press: Dec 20, 2016. Photo of Hattie Webb taken at the Mar 2, 2013 Leonard Cohen Oakland Concert by Soheyl Dahi

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen’s Classic So Long, Marianne – Dublin 2013

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“Ah, You Sing So Pretty”

Singing along on So Long, Marianne was a sine qua non of Leonard Cohen Dublin concerts and the Sept 11, 2013 show was no exception with the crowd earning Cohen’s expected but no less cherished commendation, “Ah, you sing so pretty.”

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
Dublin: Sept 11, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist

Note: Originally posted Sep 12, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More Photos From 1976 Leonard Cohen Paris Show With Backup Singers Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes

Leonard Cohen Plays The Olympia, Paris – June 5, 1976

Ongoing readers may recall Laura Branigan And Cheryl Barnes – 1976 Leonard Cohen Backup Singers: Photos, Info, Video, the  post (originally published June 11, 2011) that offered the only concert photographs featuring Leonard Cohen with backup singers Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes existent on the Internet. Dominique BOILE, who took the  photographs in that earlier post at the June 5, 1976 Leonard Cohen concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, has forwarded anther set of shots from that show.

While the quality of the photos, as Dominique points out, is not as high as one might wish (Dominique was, after all, attending the concert to hear Leonard Cohen’s music, not take his photo), the rarity of such images and the significance of the 1976 Tour mandate their posting as well as our appreciation of Dominique’s graciousness in sharing them.

Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes

Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes were vocalists for the 56 concerts of Cohen’s European tour from April 22 to July 8, 1976.

John Miller, who served as Musical Director as well as bassist for the 1976 tour, writes:

I auditioned background singers. I thought that Laura and Cheryl would would sound great together. They did.  I find out years later that she had been in the movie of “Hair.”1

The band members for this tour were John Miller (bass), Luther Rix (drums), Sid McGuinniss (guitars), and Fred Thaler (keyboards).2

For more about Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes, see Laura Branigan And Cheryl Barnes – 1976 Leonard Cohen Backup Singers: Photos, Info, Video,
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“I was never any good at that kind of hard work that’s involved with socializing.” Leonard Cohen

I remember walking into a club called Max’s Kansas City that I’d heard was the place where everybody went — I didn’t know anybody in New York—and I remember lingering by the bar, I was never good at that kind of hard work that’s involved with socializing, and a young man came over to me and said, ‘You’re Leonard Cohen, you wrote Beautiful Losers,’ which nobody had read, it only sold a few copies in America. And it was Lou Reed. He brought me over to a table full of luminaries – Andy Warhol, Nico. I was suddenly sitting at this table with the great spirits of the time.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


DrHGuy Note: While this is an account of Leonard Cohen meeting Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, and Nico in 1966, I’m most taken with Leonard comment on his own difficulties with “socializing.”

Quotation from I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons. Ecco: 2012. Photo by Eugene McLaughlin.

Chef Naz – Leonard Cohen’s Caribbean Connection In Fredericton, New Brunswick

“Leonard Cohen, most humble soul I’ve ever met.” Chef Naz of Caribbean Flavas – Fredericton

On May 11, 2008, Leonard Cohen inaugurated his 2008-2010 World Tour (although no one knew it would be a three year tour, let alone be followed by tours in 2012 and 2013 then) at The Playhouse in Fredericton, NB, a venue that seated about 700.

During that trip, he was so impressed with a local restaurant, Caribbean Flavas, that he signed up owner, Chef Naz, to join the Unified Heart Touring Company on the road. As Chef Naz recounts it:

“He’s like, ‘okay I like this lunch … what are you doing for the rest of the week?”

It turns out that Chef Naz, who has catered to a number of music industry stars, was impressed with Leonard Cohen as well:

“He would sit with us, with us! The working folks…And eat, chat, make jokes. I’ve never seen that before.”

The full story can be found at Leonard Cohen’s return to the stage started with a flavourful stop in Fredericton by Jeremy Keefe. Global News Canada: Nov 11, 2016.