Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Outstanding Video Now Online: Leonard Cohen “Dance Me To The End Of Love” – Colmar 2009

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Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Colmar: August 16, 2009
Video by FAV Colmar

Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me this video

“Save The Last Dance For Me” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

- Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Heck Of A Guy feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

Save The Last Dance For Me by Doc Pomus

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“Save The Last Dance For Me,” first recorded and popularized in 1960 by Ben E. King with The Drifters, became a fixture on the 2012-2013 Leonard Cohen Tours. Beginning with the 2012 Ghent shows, Cohen’s cover of the pop classic written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman was often the number that closed his concerts.

“Save The Last Dance For Me” has an especially poignant origin and connections to Phil Spector and Lou Reed, all of which is described at Why Leonard Cohen Covered “Save The Last Dance For Me” At The 2012 Ghent Concerts. As the title of that post indicates, I speculated on why the Canadian singer-songwriter chose this song to routinely cover in multiple concerts over a period of two years; it turns out that I was on the mark when I summarized

It is probable that Leonard Cohen likes “Save The Last Dance For Me” for the same reason he thinks Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” is “one of the greatest songs in history”1 – it’s the sort of record that would be on a good jukebox.

I know this because after the Oct 31, 2012 Austin Concert, when I asked Leonard Cohen why he covered “Save The Last Dance For Me,” he responded “I always liked that song.”

Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters

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  1. Leonard Cohen Gave Me 200 Franc by Martin Oestergaard. Euroman, Denmark, September 2001 []

Leonard Cohen Nickname List 200th Entry: “Canada’s Numero Uno Agent Of Anguish”

 

 

200 (For Now) Sobriquets, Aliases, Bynames, Cognomens, Appellations, Alternative Names, and Monickers Denoting Leonard Cohen

Indeed, thanks to Judith Fitzgerald’s exuberant prose, the Heck Of A Guy Leonard Cohen Nickname List now numbers 200 with the addition of “Canada’s Numero Uno Agent Of Anguish,” a monicker discovered in this passage from The Return Of A Ladies’ Man:1

Leonard Cohen’s manager Kelley Lynch reports that Canada’s Numero Uno agent of anguish — who turned 66 last Thursday — has never felt better in his life. [bolding mine]

A few of my personal favorites follow:

  • God In The Black Suit
  • World’s Only Interesting Canadian
  • God’s Dearest Sunbeam
  • Badass Of Dark Verse
  • Mel Brooks Of Misery
  • Kafka Of The Blues2
  • Buster Keaton Of Despair
  • King Of Cool
  • Mel Torme of the Terminally Downbeat

Find these and many more at Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames
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  1. The Return Of A Ladies’ Man by Judith Fitzgerald. The Globe And Mail, Sept 25, 2000 []
  2. From Bob Dylan []

Marianne Ihlen Corrects Misidentified 1960 Photos Of Leonard Cohen & Her In Hydra

The 1960 Time-Life Photos Of Leonard Cohen, The Jensens, And The Other Artists On Hydra

In 2009, photos (all bearing the date Oct 01, 1960) of individuals living on Hydra shot by James Burke for Time & Life began appearing online. Included in these photos were Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen, Axel Jensen, and others artists, writers, and notables identified by captions provided by Time Life. Some of the captions, it turns out, were inaccurate. In 2012, Dr. Raichel Le Goff1 contacted me, identifying Charmian Clift, George Johnston, Jason Johnston, and the exact locations of these photos.

Now, Marianne Ihlen has graciously written, correcting some rather egregious errors in the first three photos displayed below.

Back of Katzikas Grocery Store: Leonard Cohen, Marianne and husband Axel Jensen with baby boy Axel Joachim

Original Caption: Leonard Cohen, Marianne Ihlen and friend sitting in Cohen’s home in Hydra, Greece. Baby Axel is in a baby carriage in the foreground. Hydra, Greece 1960

Corrected Caption: Back of Katzikas Grocery Store: Leonard Cohen, Marianne and husband Axel Jensen with baby boy Axel Joachim

Note: Marianne points out that the other photo Jim Burke took of this scene “is much better.”  That photo, along with many others from Hydra in the 1960s can be found in the English edition of  “So Long Marianne – A Love Story” by Kari Hesthamar2

Leonard Cohen and Marianne at taverna on the port with Norwegian artist/painter Berentz Pedersen (standing).

Original Caption: Leonard Cohen eating with Marianne Ihlen and her partner Norwegian novelist Axel Jensen, Hydra, Greece October 1960.

Corrected Caption: Leonard Cohen and Marianne at taverna on the port with Norwegian artist/painter Berentz Pedersen (not Axel Jensen, Marianne’s husband) standing.

Leonard Cohen with Marianne Ihlen, Norwegian artist/painter Berentz Pedersen (standing), and others outside Katsikas’ grocery store/taverna on Hydra’s port. The man seated next to Cohen is George Johnston. The woman second from the right is Charmian Clift.. Marianne’s son Axel is in the baby carriage. Hydra – Oct 1960

Original Caption: Leonard Cohen with Marianne Ihlen, her partner Axel Jensen and others outside Katsikas’ grocery store/taverna on Hydra’s port. The man seated next to Cohen is George Johnston. The woman second from the right is Charmian Clift.. Marianne’s son Axel is in the baby carriage. Hydra – Oct 1960

Corrected Caption: Leonard Cohen with Marianne Ihlen, Norwegian artist/painter Berentz Pedersen [not Axel Jensen, Marianne's husband] (standing), and others outside Katsikas’ grocery store/taverna on Hydra’s port. The man seated next to Cohen is George Johnston. The woman second from the right is Charmian Clift.. Marianne’s son Axel is in the baby carriage. Hydra – Oct 1960

Leonard Cohen and Marriane Ihlen at the Spilia swimming spot on Hydra’s main harbour in 1960. The clothed man is George Johnston; the youngster is his second son, Jason.

Leonard Cohen playing guitar on the whitewashed well top in the square outside Douskas Taverna in Hydra. The woman in the photo is Charmian Clift. October 1960

Leonard Cohen playing guitar on the whitewashed well top in the square outside Douskas Taverna in Hydra. The woman in the photo is Charmian Clift. October 1960

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  1. Dr Le Goff is Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Newcastle, Australia, and first went to Hydra in 1981 and has had a home on the island since 1985. She researched the Johnstons in her early journalist days and recommends Charmian Clift’s book “Peel Me A Lotus” (1959) to those interested in ex-patriate life on Hydra circa 1960. []
  2. “So Long Marianne – A Love Story” by Kari Hesthamar originally carried a publication date of Oct 2014, but Amazon and other sites indicate it is in stock now. []

Photo: Leonard Cohen Receives Honorary Doctor Of Laws Degree At Dalhousie 1971 Convocation Ceremony

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See Leonard Cohen & Commencement: Leonard Cohen As Student

Credit Due Department: Photo posted May 22, 2014 by Dalhousie News via Twitter

Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows by Harvey Kubernik – Pre-Order American & German Editions

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Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows – Pre-Ordering

Dominique BOILE alerts us that the German edition of Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows (cover seen above) by Harvey Kubernik is available for pre-order at the German Amazon site
Cost: EUR 34,95
Publication Date: Oct 2, 2014

The American edition is also available for pre-order at the US Amazon site.
Cost: $24.91
Publication Date: Sept 9, 2014

The book is also available for pre-order at Amazon-UK
Cost: £19.09
Publication Date: Sept 9, 2014

Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows – The Book

The following information about the book is taken directly from the publisher’s site: Palazzo

Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows
A retrospective
Harvey Kubernik
Illustrations: Over 200 colour and b&w
Extent:  224pp
Format: 275 x 215mm
Binding: Hardback
Territory: World excluding UK (Omnibus Press), US (Hal Leonard), Canada (Monti Publishing and More!), Germany (Knesebeck), Spain (Blume)

  • A celebration of the life, music and poetry of Leonard Cohen
  • Featuring new interviews with Cohen’s band, producers and collaborators
  • Released to celebrate Cohen’s 80th birthday in September 2014
  • Illustrated with hundreds of photographs, many previously unpublished

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Leonard Cohen’s name may never have appeared in the same sentence as the word ‘prolific’, but no other contemporary songwriter has created a body of work of such consistent quality, such singular emotional and intellectual intelligence.

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Too easily characterized as the ‘prince of gloom’ – music to slit your wrists to – his lyrically potent songs are actually full of romance, innuendo and humour. Too often written off as musically naïve, in reality his smoke-black vocal cords navigate the most sophisticated and arresting of melodies.

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He arrived at the sixties’ pop-music party fashionably late, releasing his debut album – Songs of Leonard Cohen – in 1967. At thirty-three years of age, he was the adult in the room, a room brimming, then as now, with literary pretension and artistic self-importance. But Cohen, already established as a respected poet and novelist, was the real deal.

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In the decades since, he’s battled with drugs, love and bankruptcy; become a Buddhist monk while simultaneously reaffirming his Jewish faith; and recorded eleven more albums of unfailingly affecting beauty.

Beginning with Cohen the young poet and author in his home town of Montreal, and ending with his 2012 release – Old Ideas – and his recent acclaimed live performances, Everybody Knows honours Leonard Cohen’s eightieth birthday by celebrating his genius and tracing his rice to stardom through 200 photographs and the thoughts, memories and comments of those who have worked with and been inspired by him.

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Credit Due Department: All graphics except the cover of the German edition are from the Palazzo site. The cover of the German edition was found on the book’s ad page at the German Amazon site