Video Of Leonard Cohen’s Preposterous, Profound 1993 Flanders Interview Is Online Again

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The Videos

On May 9, 1993, Leonard Cohen appeared at the Flanders Hand In Hand  Festival Of Tolerance at the Flanders Expo.1 More importantly for the purposes of today’s post, much of that day’s soundcheck and an interview with Cohen were filmed before the concert.

A March 7, 2011 post,  Leonard Cohen Performs Soundcheck Conga And Speaks On The Summoning Of Courage, provides commentary about and detailed summaries of both the soundcheck and interview videos.

The subject of today’s post is the news that the interview video, which has been inaccessible (at least from the US) for months, is now online again.2

The Video Content

As I wrote in the earlier post, the interview

comprises, in approximately equal portions and all delivered with the same earnest demeanor, insightful thoughts on race relations that far surpass the typical cliches uttered by entertainers on such occasions  and preposterous responses to the scripted interview questions, e.g.,

Interviewer: Are you someone who is engaged – are you an engaged artist?

Leonard Cohen: No, I’m totally self-involved  and only interested in myself. It’s very  difficult for me to get interested in anybody else.

The soundcheck video includes the rehearsal of a few songs, the routine soundcheck  conga line, a guy crawling around on the overhead lights while the musicians are working beneath, and Julie Christensen’s well-executed goosing of the saxophone player, Paul Ostermayer.

It’s a must-see video for any Cohen fan.

Accessing The Videos

The embedded video of the soundcheck and the now-viable link to the interview video (which can’t be embedded) can be found at Leonard Cohen Performs Soundcheck Conga And Speaks On The Summoning Of Courage

  1. The date given on the video is 1994, but the standard sources of Cohen performances agree the date was 1993. []
  2. I suspect the availability of the video has to do with the current European Tour. []

3 Responses to Video Of Leonard Cohen’s Preposterous, Profound 1993 Flanders Interview Is Online Again

  1. Thank you for making us aware that this gem of an interview is available again. Few can combine depth, fun and irony as LC can. What a treat on a Friday morning.

  2. I missed this one when you posted it in 2011. Great interview, especially when he commented, “My message is what I just said…I wish I could remember it because it was very, very good!”

  3. I really loved this interview, both the preposterous and the profound. You have to wonder about the interviewer, though… didn’t he realize that “Are you an engaged artist” etc. is a question that cannot be answered in the affirmative without coming across as an exemplar of fatuity?