The recent posing of the photo displayed at the end of today’s entry1 brought to mind the shot atop today’s post. Indeed, it is certainly the same scene captured from a different aspect, and its caption offers the location and the year the shot was taken as well as the photographer’s name: “University of Rome 1974. Photo by Carlo Massarini”
In addition, Coco Éclair provides this translation of a passage from Ondarock: that accompanies the above image.
Like the time with Leonard Cohen …
Yes, someone at the State University had heard that Leonard was in Rome, and he agreed to improvise a concert in the Great Hall of Law, all organized in twenty-four hours. He didn’t have a manager with him. I do not believe that the guitar was his, although he also played something just for us in the hotel; the fact remains that he showed up with that guitar at the University, and began to sing with the microphone that was on the counter of the classroom in a very spontaneous way: in short, there was a great willingness to do things outside the box and the conventions, something which today is a bit lost.
At this time, however, other aspects of this event remain a mystery, including the reason Leonard Cohen was in Rome in 1974. There were no concerts scheduled in Italy that year and, except for these photos, none of the online sources or biographies I checked nor the Cohen cognoscenti I contacted could offer any pertinent information.
Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post is found on a handful of websites and at the Francesco Donadio Facebook page. The second photo was contributed by Dominique BOILE.