Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Promotional Video For New Book – Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows by Harvey Kubernik

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Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows by Harvey Kubernik is due for publication September 2014. My review of this book as well as a Q&A with the author will be posted on this site soon.1

Also see the publisher’s post accompanying this video at Palazzo Editions – Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows

Promotional Video
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows by Harvey Kubernik

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  1. Note: I wrote some material for and assisted with some of the art in Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows. Nonetheless, I can in good faith assure readers that the enthusiasm I express for this book is not simply a function of me sucking up to the author, the publisher, and, indirectly, Leonard Cohen – it’s also a matter of self-aggrandizement. Happily, that enthusiasm is absolutely justified. []

Playlist: The Best of Leonard Cohen To Be Released September 9, 2014

Amazon now offers pre-ordering of Playlist: The Best of Leonard Cohen, which has a release date of Sept 9, 2014.

Dominique BOILE, who first noted this CD on sale, explains that he is familiar with several CDs by different artists in the “Playlist” series, each of which has featured original cover art and a collection of songs differ from previously released compilations. While the contents of the Playlist: The Best of Leonard Cohen CD are unknown, there is precedent to suggest that the cover art and the track list may well be unique among Leonard Cohen compilations.

Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen’s New Album – To Be Released Sept 22, 2014

Dominique BOILE sends word that according to the French Amazon site, the CD and vinyl versions of Leonard Cohen’s recently announced new album, Popular Problems, will be released Sept 22, 2014

Amazon (French site) – Popular Problems: CD

Amazon (French site) – Popular Problems: LP

Calling On Leonard Cohen & Kezban: The Cat, The Cane, The Conversation

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A couple of days ago, the Duchess & I spent a sunny Los Angeles afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Ozcan. While the conversation covered many topics, I suspect that readers may be less acutely fascinated by some issues, say, the comparison of the exercise programs favored by Leonard Cohen and the Duchess, than others.

For example, what about the …

The Cat Without The Hat

Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see today’s and yesterday’s photos) who roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen.

The Walking Stick

That rattan walking stick originally came into play because of a gout attack. At the time of our visit, Leonard didn’t appear to rely on it and its function may well have transformed from mobility aid to fashion accoutrement. And, yes, there was talk of adding a soft shoe routine to his stage act.

What’s Leonard Cohen Up To Next?

At one point, Leonard responded to a comment I made about the wonders of his doing concerts lasting more than three hours with “We’ll have to do that again.”

Being the intrepid blogger I am, I prompted “So, there’s going to be another tour?”

Without hesitation, Leonard Cohen leaned forward, flashed his grandest smile, and immediately replied in a firm, clear voice, “Maybe.”

Not satisfied with that equivocation, I pushed forward with “Is that a definite maybe?”

Leonard smiled again, answering “A tour is a definite maybe.”

I countered with “Well, you have to do something. Your retirements haven’t been very successful.”

Leonard came back with “Or maybe I’ll write a book.”

That conversational thread ended with my offer to ghostwrite his autobiography.

Coming Attractions: More photos & conversation from the visitation

New Leonard Cohen Album “Popular Problems” To Be Released Sept 2014

From Jarkko Arjatsalo’s foreword in the Dublin Event booklet:

Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that “Popular Problems” will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.

Source: LeonardCohenForum post by Goldin Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner)

Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

More photos, including shots with Kezban & the Duchess, and narrative, including explanations about the cane and the cat, to follow