Leonard Cohen Merchandise – New & Improved But Not For Sale

I Unified-Heart Leonard Cohen T-shirt, Script Only


The Merchandising Proposal

The Heck Of A Guy line of New & Improved Leonard Cohen Merchandise has been gratifyingly well received. In addition to complimentary comments and email about the “I (Unified) Heart Leonard Cohen” T-shirt pictured above, blog readers and viewers of the  Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA Video, which featured some of the merchandise, have responded positively to the goods described in  The Heart With A Companion T-shirt, Venue-appropriate Headgear, The Leonard Cohen Bobble Head, The WWLCD? T-shirt, and More Dino Duds & Len’s Beach Towel.

In fact, Heck Of A Guy has received a respectable number of requests (and a few unnecessarily insistent  demands) to purchase these items.


The Heart With A Companion T-shirt, featuring the Unified Hearts logo attached to its own Cohentronics pacemaker

Consequently, I came up with and floated a proposal to actually produce and sell this virtual merchandise with all profits, actual or virtual,  going to charity.

Alas, this post is notification to those who expressed interest in buying the t-shirts and other paraphernalia that the proposal has been politely but unambiguously declined.

In simplest form, the final outcome of the  email exchange can be summarized as follows:

Using legally protected material, such as the united hearts symbol displayed in the t-shirt design atop this post, on this line of merchandise, regardless of the purposes to which the profits might be put, is not  permitted.1

On a positive note, my websites,  LeonardCohenSearch and Heck Of A Guy, are permitted to continue to use this legally protected material2 within the confines of those publications.

I won’t pretend I’m not a tad dis(united)heartened, but it’s not the first time I’ve been turned down. Heck, even my beloved Julie3 chose to marry our English professor instead of me, delaying the onset of our outrageously happy union for a few years until she came to her senses and tracked me down.

And it could have been worse. Not only were Leonard Cohen’s advances toward Nico rebuffed, but as he describes it,

Nico hauled off and hit me so hard it lifted me clean off the bed4

I didn’t get as much as a menacing glare.


  1. Obviously, this decision applies only to material the legal rights to which are property of Leonard Cohen’s organization and to  the proposal under consideration. []
  2. Again, this decision applies only to material the legal rights to which are property of Leonard Cohen’s organization []
  3. Julie was my much-beloved, fiercely smart, extraordinarily sexy wife, who died in 1999 from cancer diagnosed the week of our wedding nearly 20 years earlier. She was also a prize-winning writer. This blog includes many other posts about her and the unlikely but true story of our romance as well as several of her short stories and other pieces. For the location of the various content about or by Julie, see Julie FAQ. []
  4. See That Leonard Cohen Article With His Romanian Girlfriend Michelle In The Opening Photo []

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