Belgium Edition Of 1988 Leonard Cohen & Big-Haired Women Promotional Tour Online Again
While reviewing old posts to correct typos, replace dead links, and perform other chores that make blogging a glamor profession, I was able to resuscitate a couple of videos shot in Belgium that were originally posted two years ago. Although neither is profoundly moving or offers fundamental insights into the Cohen’s metaphysics, both are delightful and deserve re-posting.
Titled “With Leonard and Mike at Sea,” this clip from With Mike On The Sea, a Belgium talk show hosted by Mike Verdrengh, was originally broadcast February 16, 1988. Similar performances took place in other countries, including France and Germany.
Set in the standard pseudo-newscast backdrop, the now-familiar routine of lip-syncing, dance gyrations, and double-arm wrestling renders “First We Take Manhattan” the farcical spectacle we’ve come to expect. This video also includes a performance of “Take This Waltz” by Cohen and the same two women, which lacks the over the top quality of their rendition of “First We Take Manhattan.”
No Mercy- Leonard Cohen’s Tales from the Dark Side [Review of The Future + Leonard Cohen interview] By Anthony DeCurtis Photograph by Bruce Weber Rolling Stone: January 21, 1993
While this classic 1973 review of The Future and Leonard Cohen interview is available online as text, there is something special about seeing the piece in its original format. Thanks to Dominique BOILE for providing these scans from his personal collection.
Leonard Cohen’s graphic New Year commemoration features the classic 1984 photo taken by Dominique Issermann1 with “2015” added as a scrawl in the dirt in front of the bench. (click on image to enlarge)
Credit Due Department: Contributed by Dominique BOILE
New Video: Leonard Cohen’s Gorgeous Hallelujah at Reykjavik 1988
Leonard Cohen's performance of Hallelujah at the June 24, 1988 Reykjavik, Iceland concert. is a particularly moving version that has not been easily accessible. This video features a high-quality audio recording of that rendition and a montage of pertinent photos.
One reference page with links to the best and most useful Leonard Cohen online resources: discography, concordance, articles, press coverage, humor, ...
Latest Addition: Newzcard - Leonard Cohen: A large number of Leonard Cohen photos from early to most recent performances as well as appearances at such events as the premiere of the I'm Your Man documentary.
Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1
This video features the first version of the song Leonard Cohen would later revise into "Chelsea Hotel #2" along with images of Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin - whose liaison with Cohen at the Chelsea Hotel led to the creation of the song, the Hotel itself, and other associated people & places.
Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen had a fling in the 1960s that, for unspecified reasons, was short-lived, with Cohen instigating the parting.
It was then and is now a complex connection. In 1988, Cohen said, I'm still very friendly with Joni - I had dinner with her before the tour, and I have the same admiration for her as you do. But I think it was Noel Harrison who came up to me in the LA Troubadour and said "How do you like living with Beethoven?"
Do I Have To Dance All Night Surpasses 70,000 Views
"Do I Have To Dance All Night" was performed many times in concerts but was never released in the US.
As part of my crusade to popularize this song, I've cobbled together 2 videos - one for the semi-funky 1976 version with Laura Branigan and one for the 1980 more gypsy, less disco version - that kinda sorta fit the music.
As of Dec 19, 2012, the video of the 1976 version of Do I Have To Dance All Night has been viewed 70,152 times.
This Heck Of A Guy compilation includes unreleased Leonard Cohen performances over a 30+ year period.
Track List: Vol 1
1. Feels So Good (The Other Blues Song)
2. Book Of Longing
3. The Darkness
6. Do I Have to Dance All Night (1976)
7. Blues By The Jews
Track List: Vol 2
1. Red River Valley
2. Never Got To Love You (Duet with Anjani)
3. Can't Help Falling In Love
4. Ride Around
5. The Union Makes Us Strong
6. We Shall Not Be Moved
7. To Love Somebody
8. The Hypnotist (Poem)
9. Chelsea Hotel #1
10. There's No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
11. Streets Of Laredo
12. Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980)
Now, Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, the second collection of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs joins the popular The Other Leonard Cohen Album to offer fans of the iconic singer-songwriter a total of 3 CDs of musical treats. Another Other Leonard Cohen Album includes the following tracks plus liner notes by Sylvie Simmons.
1. Je Veux Vivre Tout Seul
2. Kevin Barry
3. Die Gedanken Sind Frei
4. Store Room
5. As Time Goes By
6. Don’t Go Home with Your Hard-on
7. Blessed is the Memory
8. Silent Night
9. Dead Song
10. Another Saturday Night
11. Ballad of the Absent Mare
13. The Butcher
14. Un As Der Rebbe Singt
15. Song to the Machines
16. If It Be Your Will
17. Thirsty for the Kiss
18. A Thousand Kisses Deep
19. I Tried To Leave You
20. Whither Thou Goest
21. Mr Cohen Must Be Going
Photos of or related to Leonard Cohen that fall into specific themes have been among the ongoing features at DrHGuy, HOAG's sibling site. Galleries displaying collected images of 3 of these themes are now available at
And We’re Still Making Love In My Secret Life – Julie’s Story & Video
... I never had a chance. I was - and this is the only word that fits - smitten. I still am.
She was smart and quick-witted, although it would take me 3 years to recognize that she was, in fact, much smarter than me, and then another 2 years to forgive her for that. She was also good-looking and unabashedly sexy.
And, we fell madly, irredeemably, unflinchingly in love.
Complementing the unlikely story of how Julie and I met, fell in love, and - 9 years, 2 husbands, 1 wife, and 2 careers later - got together to spend an outrageously wonderful 20 years together before her death, a video, set to the poignant "In My Secret Life" by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is now available that evokes the role Julie, who died 10 years ago, continues to play in my life.