Lorraine Sexton’s Friend Gets Grief From His Girlfriend, Signs Autographs Nonetheless
Leonard Cohen signed these autographs for Lorraine Sexton on July 15, 1993 while standing in the street in Glenside PA1 before his concert at Keswick Theatre (part of the “Future Tour). Lorraine reports what took place:
He was with Rebecca De Mornay,2 who was much annoyed that he was spending time with fans. When I asked him to sign his poetry books and Future CD, she said
Leonard doesn’t have time…he hasn’t eaten yet and has to perform in an hour.
He kindly replied that he had time to do this for his ‘”friend” and was amazed I had brought his old poetry books, such as Energy of Slaves. I asked him to pick his favorite and he said he would sign all of them! (see photos above)
I even asked if I could shake his hand…just to touch him.
Lorraine’s And Leonard’s Shared Memory
I told him that the first time I saw him was in early 70’s in Bryn Mawr PA, at Main Point Cafe, a small venue with maybe 100 seats, and he remembered the place. Just him, his guitar, and two backup singers. Heaven.
The Main Point
Lorraine on The Main Point:
Lots of performers got their start there.3 I saw Leonard Cohen there twice or three times. It was small store where you bought fresh baked goods and went through a curtain into big room to sit at old fashioned wooden school desks with the stage was right in front of you. I could have reached out and touched him. He was so humble and kind. I fell in love with him when I saw Songs Of Love And Hate at the store and bought it because of the album cover and notes. That was all it took to get me hooked for life.
The above drawing by blues/folk singer-songwriter Ellen McIlwaine (“Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die”) shows the audience and and the stage of the Main Point. The wooden chairs were grouped together in rows with a shelf attached to the back that served as the table for the next seat behind. The stage is to the right in this drawing, where you see the microphone stand.
Back To Glenside
Rebecca held onto him as if he were gold that night. I knew immediately it was her, knowing he was seeing her. I think she was pissed because the fans – and there really weren’t that many, I was maybe the third or fourth to approach him – didn’t pay any attention to her. This was not too long after she made “The Hand That Rocked The Cradle.” After they continued walking down the street, I met the guy I was going to the concert with. As we walked past a Chinese restaurant…..there was Leonard Cohen and & Rebecca De Mornay having dinner.
- Glenside is a suburb of Philadelphia [↩]
- At the time, Leonard Cohenand Rebecca De Mornay were dating. Cohen, in fact, has reported that this, among all of his relationships, was the one that brought him a closest to taking wedding vows. For more information, see Picture Leonard Cohen With Rebecca De Mornay [↩]
- Performers included Springsteen, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Son House, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, Velvet Underground, … See long, long list at Main Point Performers [↩]