Rolling Stone On Leonard Cohen & Heck Of A Guy
The January 8, 2013 Rolling Stone (German edition) features an article, Leonard Cohen: Fan Selection Of 48 Of The “Best Videos” [Google English translation], about the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist that was created and is hosted at Heck Of A Guy.
A screen capture of the original piece (with the Heck Of A Guy site reference marked) is displayed in the graphic atop this post. The Google English translation of the text follows:
Leonard Cohen: Fan selection of 48 of the “best videos”
A fan site has listed a selection of the “best live video” by Leonard Cohen from the year 2012.
Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” made it in our reader poll at number 14 of the best albums of 2012. But of course, the operators of fansites think that Cohen has done a very good job last year.
On the “Heck of a Guy” now Cohen’s “best live video” from 2012 was listed. All 48 songs or videos that naturally come from not only the material on the disc, you can via the following link to view.
There’s a taste of “Going Home” – filmed on 12 September 2012 in Dublin:1
Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist
The Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist comprises the best available video of each of the 48 songs performed in concert during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour.
“Best” is a subjective judgement that takes into account both the quality of the performance and the video itself. That judgement is also influenced by special factors. The calculations, for example, that resulted in the choice of a Dublin performance of “So Long, Marianne” factored in not only the traditional singalong skills of the audience but also my wish to avoid the messages conveying disapproval and threats of violence that would inevitably follow were I to choose a video of Leonard Cohen singing that song anywhere other than Ireland. Similarly, the Berlin performance was the presumptive choice for “First We Take Manhattan,” if for no other reason than to hear the crowd roar out “Then we take Berlin.”
For the past two to three months, the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist page has routinely been the most popular URL on the Heck Of A Guy site. Check it out for yourself at
- DrHGuy Note: While not mentioned in the Rolling Stone post, this video is – unsurprisingly – the work of Albert Noonan. [↩]