Emily Bindiger’s Leonard Cohen Headstand Story Was Classic – Now It’s Classics Illustrated


In a Q&A posted here June 8, 2012 post,1 one of the stories of life on tour with Leonard Cohen recounted by Emily Bindiger2 involved a Cohen inversion:

There was a very funny day in England when our bus broke down – of course this was way before cell phones or car phones – and Leonard thought we had to get the attention of motorists who were just driving by. So he stood on his head in the middle of the road. It kinda worked.

Then, more than a year later, the photo below appeared in 1978 Leonard Cohen Interview Now Online: Unful’phil’ed: Cohen & Spector’s Looney Tunes.


Emily recognized that it might have been taken at the time of the incident she had described.

A subsequent search of her own photo stash was rewarded with the image atop this post.

Note: While the photo’s historical value is debatable,3 it does serve as a dandy rationalization to re-post Emily Bindiger’s anecdote.

  1. Emily Bindiger Talks About Singing And Touring With The Profoundly Funny Leonard Cohen []
  2. Emily Bindiger is probably best known to Leonard Cohen fans as Cohen’s backup singer, along with Erin Dickins, during the 1974 and 1975 Tours and as a vocalist in the recording of New Skin For The Old Ceremony, including performing “Who By Fire” as a duet with Cohen. []
  3. It is the fifth and most recent addition to the set of photos available online of the Canadian singer-songwriter standing on his head. []

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