From the CBC site:
The first of two programs produced and presented by Philip Coulter that chart the life and career of one of Canada’s most enduring singer/songwriters, Leonard Cohen. Part one, Magic is Alive, takes us from Cohen’s first appearance on the Montreal scene in the 50′s up to the release of the first albums – Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs from a Room in the late 60′s. It explores how his early poetry writing lead almost inevitably to the songs. Listen for Leonard the stand-up comic, and Leonard the hipster, reciting poetry over cool jazz in a 1950′s Montreal club!
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Listen to Part 1 at Inside The Music: Various Positions: Leonard Cohen In His Own Words – Part 1
Update: Listen to Part 2 of this program at Part 2 Of Inside The Music: Various Positions: Leonard Cohen In His Own Words
Like any great artist Leonard Cohen took the tools he had and created something new- a unique form of popular song, with all the aspiration of poetry, expressing the deepest yearnings of the human heart. For his entire career, over fifty years, Leonard Cohen has been on Canada’s radar- which is to say, he’s been a star since the very beginning. He was discovered early on by the CBC. Over all those years, across half a century, Leonard Cohen has been on countless CBC programs, on both radio and television, and always talking in full sentences. He’s recited his poetry and performed his songs for the CBC microphones; interviewers have asked him every conceivable question. It’s fair to say that on the CBC Leonard Cohen has produced a kind of running commentary on his own life and work while all this is still in progress. Deep in the CBC vaults are the many recordings of Leonard Cohen performances and conversations- a treasure-trove, a family album of snapshots that create a unique portrait, in real time, of the evolution of a major artist- in his own words. And it’s these archival recordings that go to make up these two programs.
Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post taken by Michael Reichmann