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