Interviewer: What is [Leonard Cohen] like on a night on the town?
Leonard Cohen: “People say I’m a hoot to be with”
No. I’ve Never Contemplated Suicide, Says Leonard Cohen
by Peter Wilmoth. The Age: May 24, 1985
No. I’ve Never Contemplated Suicide, Says Leonard Cohen is not a profound article; it is, in fact, a puff piece written in anticipation of an Australian tour. It is not, however, without its charms. In addition to the “hoot be be with” quote, the piece debunks the Leonard Cohen is a dour misanthrope image, provides the 265th entry to the Leonard Cohen Nicknames list: “High Priest Of Suicide Rock,” notes Cohen’s influence of then contemporary artists such as Ian McCulloch and Cohen’s appreciation of You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath, and reveals that the Canadian singer-songwriter enjoys bowling and pool but excels in neither sport. It certainly warrants a read.
40 Years Ago: Peter, Frank, & The Sept 28, 1974 Leonard Cohen Circus Krone, Munich Show
DrHGuy Note: The unpublished photo and the ticket stub from the 1974 Munich concert is the official rationale for this post, but I admit to being more taken with the memories these artifacts represent for Peter Offermann and Frank Ulrich Hahn, who attended that show.
I recently received this message from Peter Offermann:
Frank, a friend of old schooldays, found this photo he took during a concert we had the opportunity to attend, and finally I found the ticket. I cannot name the date precisely, it must have been a few days after the master’s 40th anniversary, at “Circus Krone,” Munich. May the Lord bless and keep him.
Peter goes on:
Indeed I remember L.C. introducing the “Sisters of mercy” with words like: “Dedicated to the young ladies who helped me to get out of a snowstorm near Edmonton.”
We were 21, 22 years and just two kids with a lot of crazy dreams…Some of them came true.
A significantly different iteration of “Feels So Good,” which shares some of the lyrics and musical structure of the 2013 Dublin version, was performed at the 2012 Leonard Cohen Toronto show. Note: This link to the Toronto version was first pointed out by Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey
Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good
Toronto: Dec 4, 2012
The 2013 Dublin Debut: “I’ve Got A Little Secret”
So, it’s unclear if “Feels So Good” is a song distinct from “I’ve Got A Little Secret” or if the former morphed into the latter. But, just in case, I’m suggesting both for the new album.
Leonard Cohen – I’ve Got a Little Secret
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
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.