March 2012 MOJO Spotlights Leonard Cohen
A young Leonard Cohen, sporting a black mock turtleneck emblematic of the 1960s coffeehouse poet/folk singer and equipped with occupationally congruent beads, cigarette, and notebook (hidden by the CD in the above image) emits some serious existential angst from the cover of the March 2012 issue of MOJO magazine, which goes on sale January 31, 2012 – but is on display now at the Heck Of A Guy site. 1
Inside, a one on one interview of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons, whose biography, “I’m Your Man – The Life of Leonard Cohen,” is expected to be published October 2012,2 is the centerpiece of a 14 page feature on the Canadian singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and icon.
While the timing of the article is a function of the release of Cohen’s new album, Old Ideas,3 the content ranges from Cohen’s early life to his connection with Zen teacher, Roshi (whose 105th birthday is just over a month away), to the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, to the Old Ideas album and beyond.
A separate two page section focuses on Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Cohen’s 1967 debut album.
A tribute CD filled with covers of the tracks from the Songs of Leonard Cohen performed by Palace Songs, Low Anthem, Liz Green, Cass McCombs, and others completes the package._____________________
- For those who are perplexed about how the Heck Of A Guy site came to host the first exhibition of the masterpiece that is the MOJO cover, here’s the story: Imagine the potential contribution that might be made to such a Leonard Cohen feature by, say, an unpaid intern assigned to the Assistant To The Assistant To The Assistant To The Art Director. Well, I would be the guy reporting to the unpaid intern. OK, I suspect MOJO doesn’t waste money funding salaries for “Assistant To” positions and I have no idea if the company uses interns, but you get the idea. After those services were rendered, it was simply a matter of whinging and begging until MOJO agreed to allow Heck Of A Guy to play Paul Revere to this especially insidious British invasion of the colonies. [↩]
- The publishers of the Simmons biography are Jonathan Cape in the UK, Ecco in the US, and McClelland & Stewart in Canada. Several foreign language editions are due for publication at the same time. [↩]
- Old Ideas will be released in the US & Canada January 31, 2012; for other countries, see Old Ideas Album Release Dates By Country [↩]