Leonard Cohen’s Opening At Aix-en-Provence 1970 – Festivals, Revolution, Profit, and Bird On A Wire

Video – Authentic Recording and Never Before Published Photos of Leonard Cohen at 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival

This video features an audience-made audio recording of Leonard Cohen’s introduction and performance of Bird On A Wire on August 2, 1970 at the Aix-en-Provence Music Festival illustrated with photos of Leonard Cohen and his musicians, most of which have never before been published, pictures of scenes from the Festival (many of which were part of the September 9, 2011 post Leonard Cohen At Another Other 1970 Festival – Aix-en-Provence (Part 1), and images of other publications and events associated with the Festival.

The audio recording is only fair at best but does have the virtue of being authentic – and the only known recording of Cohen’s performance.

 The Next Leonard Cohen At Aix-en-Provence 1970 Post

The final post on Leonard Cohen and the 1970 Aix-en-Provence Music Festival (anticipated in the next two days) will feature not only the photos of Cohen seen in the video but also the Maoists, Leonard Cohen being called a fascist because of his decision to continue to live in Greece under the Regime of the Colonels, talk of Revolution, Cohen’s critics, poetry written about the experience, and more.

Update: That final post can be accessed at Leonard Cohen At The 1970 Aix-en-Provence Festival – Maoists, Music, Mud, Money, & Mayhem

Credit Due Department:

Leonard Cohen’s introduction and his performance of “Bird On A Wire” were recorded by an audience member at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The copy used in this video is from the private collection of Hippy1948.

All of the photos of Leonard Cohen in the video, save two, are by Claude Gassian from the private collection of Dominique BOILE.

I was alerted to the wonderful photo of Leonard Cohen astride a white stallion by Maarten Massa. The photo was first found by Dominique BOILE in “Leonard Cohen” by Jacques Vassal (Albin Michel Rock & Folk, published 1975, revised 1979). The photo of Leonard Cohen flanked by two members of his band is credited to Steve and was found in Rock & Folk #44. The copy used is from the private collection of Dominique BOILE.

The images of the music periodicals were found at Festival d Aix-en-Provence – Colosseum, Johnny Winter, Pete Brown.

The image of the story from Billboard was found at that magazine’s archives.

The other photos of the Aix-en-Provence Music Festival were found at Parole de Musique.

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