Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames

Sobriquets, Aliases, Bynames, Cognomens, Appellations, Alternative Names, and Monickers Denoting Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen is a nickname magnet.

Apparently, for a journalist to make his bones as a pop music critic, he or she must endow Leonard Cohen with a nickname – and not just any nickname.

The prototypic template is a descriptive phrase of two to six words referencing some quality held to be representative of Leonard Cohen with preference given to those redolent of gloom, despair, and despondency.

Moreover, the most valued nicknames are those highly ranked in the areas of Most Esoteric, Least Comprehensible, and, especially, Most Awkward.

Unable to find a definitive list of Leonard’s nicknames, I’ve set up this perpetually incomplete catalog of aliases here at Heck Of A Guy. (This list was originally located at my other web site, LeonardCohenSearch)

The references in the footnotes are presented only as examples of these appellations in use; there is no claim that any of these excerpts represents the origin of a given nickname.

While I have not compiled a statistical analysis, my observation is that the most common use of these names is as part of phrases such as “is known as,” “has been called,” and “has been labeled.” Even when they are used alone, these names are typically set off by quotation marks.

Their usage, in short, is rarely casual and often the writer or speaker is consciously using one or another of these titles to make a point, as in this review of Songs of Leonard Cohen, “He [Leonard Cohen] didn’t earn the nickname “the master of erotic despair” for nothing.”

To put things in perspective, the earliest reference to that terms is a reference to an ad in a National Lampoon published over 30 years ago. (My personal suspicion – unsupported by anything other than my whimsy – is that reference is from a Lampoon parody that has been recalled as an ad.)

I have arbitrarily excluded the single-word nicknames, “Len,” “Lennie,” “Leo,” and other diminutives from the list for reasons that seem to me intuitively obvious yet cumbersome to articulate in print. I have, in an equally arbitrary manner, included (and counted as separate entries) nicknames that are so similar that one likely evolved as an derivative the other (e.g., “Master Of Erotic Despair” and “Master Of Romantic Despair”).

The Nicknames

Updated: Dec 25, 2012

  1. Lord Byron Of Rock ‘n’ Roll1
  2. Bard Of The Boudoir2
  3. Ladies’ Man3
  4. Grandson Of The Prince Of Grammarians4
  5. Master Of Erotic Despair5
  6. Master Of Romantic Despair6
  7. High Priest Of Pathos7
  8. Poet Laureate Of Pessimism8
  9. Grocer Of Despair9
  10. Prophet of Despair10
  11. Poet Laureate Of Commitophobes11
  12. Bard Of Bedsits12
  13. Dr. Kevorkian Of Song13
  14. Beautiful Creep14
  15. Godfather Of Gloom15
  16. Godfather Of Doom ‘N’ Gloom16
  17. Prince Of Bummers17
  18. Troubadour Of Travail18
  19. Laughing Len19
  20. Laughing Lennie20
  21. Captain Mandrax21
  22. Poet of Rock and Roll22
  23. Master of the Egg Salad Sandwich23
  24. Poet of the Holy Sinners24
  25. Poet Of Existential Despair25
  26. Jikan, Jikan The Useless Monk, Silent One26
  27. Poet Of Bedsit Angst27
  28. Gloom Merchant28
  29. Bourgeois Individualist Poet29
  30. Grand Master of Melancholia30
  31. Durable Hipster31
  32. Legendary Ladies Man32
  33. Existential Comedian33
  34. Spin Doctor For The Apocalypse34
  35. Grizzled Prophet35
  36. Damaged Priest36
  37. Hippie Icon37
  38. Apocalyptic Lounge Lizard38
  39. Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley39
  40. Amiable Gangster40
  41. Poetic Playboy41
  42. Emotional Imperialist42
  43. Restless Pilgrim43
  44. Patron Saint Of Angst44
  45. Smiling Dada Of Despair45
  46. Montreal Mensch46
  47. Prince of Pain47
  48. Bard Of Mount Baldy48
  49. Crown Prince of Pain49
  50. Our Man50
  51. Joking Troubadour of Gloom and Troubadour of Gloom51
  52. Master Of Sexy Melancholy52
  53. High Priest Of Solitude53
  54. Bard On A Wire54
  55. Canadian Bard55
  56. Canada’s Melancholy Bard56
  57. Canadian Bard Of The Holy And Profane57
  58. Disappearing Mr. Mysterioso58
  59. Master Of Misery59
  60. Maestro Of Melancholy60
  61. Poet Of Love61
  62. Patron Saint Of Disappointment62
  63. Prince of Precision63
  64. Poet Of Pleasure And Pain64
  65. Bard of Our Great Depression65
  66. Godfather Of Miserablism66
  67. Bard Of Montreal67
  68. Coolest White Man On The Planet68
  69. Poet Of Swinging Suicides69
  70. Master Of Duende70
  71. Bleak Baritone71
  72. Troubadour Of Love72
  73. Cat In The Hat73
  74. Prince Of Anguish74
  75. King Of Cool75
  76. Mel Torme of the Terminally Downbeat76
  77. Prince of Prurience and Loss77
  78. International Man78
  79. Culture Man79
  80. Architect Of Angst80
  81. Prince Of Pessimism81
  82. Poet Of Anguish82
  83. God In The Black Suit83
  84. World’s Only Interesting Canadian84
  85. Existential Serenader85
  86. Arch Bard Of Miserabilism’86
  87. Poet Of The Heart87
  88. Poet Of Romantic Doom/Croaky Poet Of Romantic Doom88
  89. God’s Dearest Sunbeam89
  90. Visceral Romantic90
  91. Renaissance Mensch91
  92. Poet Of Loneliness92
  93. Prophet Of The Heart93
  94. Partisan der Liebe (Partisan of Love)94
  95. Montreal Mope95
  96. Titan Der Worte (Titan Of The Words)96
  97. Don Of Depression97
  98. Prophet Of Love98
  99. Brother Of Mercy99
  100. Solitary Cliff, Cliff100
  101. Felonious Monk101
  102. Love’s Hard Man102
  103. High Priest Of Passion And Pain103
  104. Godfather Of Cool104
  105. Young Prince Of Montreal105
  106. Poet Prince Of Montreal106
  107. Badass Of Dark Verse107
  108. Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse108
  109. Melancholy Troubadour109
  110. Anarchist Without A Bomb110
  111. Somnambulist Without An Alarm Clock111
  112. Chief Apocalyptist112
  113. Melancholy Hero113
  114. Legendary Grouchy Bard From Montreal114
  115. Legendary Bard From Montreal115
  116. Late-Romantic Existentialist116
  117. Saint Porn117
  118. Godfather of Hipsterism118
  119. Bard Of Exaggerated Emotion119
  120. Godfather Of Depressive Rock120
  121. F. Scott Fitzgerald Of Popular Song121
  122. Pop Music’s Perpetual Old Man122
  123. King Of Sorrow123
  124. Laureate Of Creative Agony124
  125. Grinning Reaper125
  126. World Heavyweight Champion Of Existential Despair126
  127. Mel Brooks Of Misery127
  128. One Man Joy Division128
  129. Unbeautiful Winner129
  130. Canadian Bob Dylan130
  131. Poet Laureate Of Outrage And Romantic Despair131
  132. Patron Saint Of Suicides132
  133. Mr. Misery133
  134. Aficionado Of Gloom134
  135. Grand Master Of Bedroom Angst135
  136. Black-Clad Troubadour Of The Minor Key136
  137. Grand Overlord of Melancholy137
  138. Old King Cohen138
  139. Sage From Mt Baldy139
  140. Hallelujah Hitmaker140
  141. Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist141
  142. Lazy Bastard Living In A Suit142
  143. Kafka Of The Blues143
  144. Gentleman Zen144
  145. Black Romanticist145
  146. Baleful Buddhist146
  147. Poet of Rock Music147
  148. The Man With The Hat148
  149. Seer Of Montreal149
  150. Patron Saint Of Life’s Beautiful Losers150
  151. Papou151
  152. Elder Statesman Of Showmanship152
  153. Bard of Harlequin153
  154. Godfather Of Blissful Doom154
  155. Warrior Of Love155
  156. Master of Delicate Sadness156
  157. Tortoise-Shell Hero & Tortoise 157
  158. Byronic Bullfrog158
  159. Doyen De Ces Papys Du Rock [Dean Of The Granddads Of Rock]159
  160.  Melancholiker Der Alten Schule [Old School Melancholic]160
  161. Poet Of Human Darkness161
  162. Hipsters’ Idol162
  163. Naked Saint163
  1. Leonard Cohen Unplugged by Pico Iyer. Originally published in Buzz, Los Angeles, April 1998: The ‘Lord Byron of rock ‘n’ roll,” as he is too often called, has always been a man of surprises []
  2. At 71, Leonard Cohen Finds His Voice Anew by Richard Harrington, Washington Post, July 14, 2006: … the 71-year-old pop icon and bard of the boudoir hasn’t toured in a dozen years []
  3. Leonard Cohen – The Ladies Man In Concert Bootleg Album Title, Date: 1993-05-21; Also, The Return Of A Ladies’ Man by Judith Fitzgerald, originally published in The Globe and Mail, September 25, 2000: The Return Of A Ladies’ Man [Title] []
  4. Lunar Refractions: Longing for Perfect Porn Aristocrats and Other Delights by Alta L. Price in 3 Quarks Daily blog, June 12, 2006: Well, to echo the rampant name-calling that follows him everywhere, the Ladies’ Man, the Grocer of Despair, grandson of the Prince of Grammarians, has just published a new old book, titled Book of Longing, … []
  5. Re: Master of Erotic Despair from alt.music.leonard-cohen. 2000/01/28: Michael S. Connaghan wrote: Nearly thirty years ago I purchased my first Leonard Cohen album. I had seen an ad in the National Lampoon that billed L.C. as the Master of Erotic Despair and I was intrigued. []
  6. In Anjani Thomas, Leonard Cohen Finds a New Voice by Alan Light, New York Times, May 21, 2006: Leonard Cohen is not known for being prolific. In a recording career approaching its 40th year, this master of romantic despair has released a mere 11 studio albums. []
  7. ‘I never discuss my mistresses or my tailors’ by Nick Paton Walsh, Guardian. October 14, 2001: Leonard Cohen is the high priest of pathos. []
  8. An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Richard Guilliatt, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993: Yet here is Leonard Cohen – the poet laureate of pessimism, the world heavyweight champion of existential despair – getting cheerfully drunk in a Chinese Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. []
  9. Derived from lyrics of “Field Commander Cohen;” Hydra – Walking in Leonard Cohen’s footsteps by grhomeboy, Homeboy Media News October 8, 2006: On a dismal rainy afternoon in April 1960, after spending three months in a boarding house on Hampstead High Street completing a manuscript, the 25-year-old “grocer of despair” found himself wandering bleakly around London’s East End, his spirits further depleted by raging toothache. []
  10. Zen Robes Retired As Singer Turns 65 by Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette, September 18, 1999: “He once read an ad in National Lampoon titled Leonard Cohen: The Prophet of Despair. “I laughed my head off,” he told me years ago, “because I thought it was the Lampoon spoofing me. Then I saw the same ad in Rolling Stone, and I wasn’t laughing any more.” []
  11. Zen Robes Retired As Singer Turns 65 by Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette, September 18, 1999: Yet Cohen is an acquired taste. His voice is a mournful monotone, his songs dirge-like. “Only an extremely inattentive listener would willingly follow Suzanne to her place by the river after hearing Cohen’s song,” sniped The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll. While Europeans, with poetry in the blood, embrace him as a hero (and bona-fide pop star), Americans have marginalized him: “songs to slit your wrists by.” He’s been dubbed “Beautiful Creep” and “the Dr. Kevorkian of song,” “the poet of pessimism” and “bard of bedsits,” “the prince of bummers,” and “the poet laureate of commitophobes.” Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already by Pico Iyer. Shambhala Sun: The man who has been the poet laureate of commitophobes, who has never found in his 63 years a woman he can marry or a home he won’t desert []
  12. Zen Robes Retired As Singer Turns 65 by Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette, September 18, 1999: Yet Cohen is an acquired taste. His voice is a mournful monotone, his songs dirge-like. “Only an extremely inattentive listener would willingly follow Suzanne to her place by the river after hearing Cohen’s song,” sniped The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll. While Europeans, with poetry in the blood, embrace him as a hero (and bona-fide pop star), Americans have marginalized him: “songs to slit your wrists by.” He’s been dubbed “Beautiful Creep” and “the Dr. Kevorkian of song,” “the poet of pessimism” and “bard of bedsits,” “the prince of bummers,” and “the poet laureate of commitophobes.” Cohen, Leonard MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music: A gloomy poet who became the bard of bedsits. []
  13. Zen Robes Retired As Singer Turns 65 by Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette, September 18, 1999: Yet Cohen is an acquired taste. His voice is a mournful monotone, his songs dirge-like. “Only an extremely inattentive listener would willingly follow Suzanne to her place by the river after hearing Cohen’s song,” sniped The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll. While Europeans, with poetry in the blood, embrace him as a hero (and bona-fide pop star), Americans have marginalized him: “songs to slit your wrists by.” He’s been dubbed “Beautiful Creep” and “the Dr. Kevorkian of song,” “the poet of pessimism” and “bard of bedsits,” “the prince of bummers,” and “the poet laureate of commitophobes.” Exile on Main Street by Brett Grainger, Elm Street, Canada. November 2001: It’s gotten him a bit of a reputation along the way. “Prince of bummers,” “poet of pessimism,” “troubadour of travail,” “the Dr. Kevorkian of song” – journalists can’t seem to get enough of the cliché of the dark knight, the tortured soul spinning his suffering into gold. []
  14. Zen Robes Retired As Singer Turns 65 by Juan Rodriguez, The Montreal Gazette, September 18, 1999: Yet Cohen is an acquired taste. His voice is a mournful monotone, his songs dirge-like. “Only an extremely inattentive listener would willingly follow Suzanne to her place by the river after hearing Cohen’s song,” sniped The Rolling Stone History of Rock and Roll. While Europeans, with poetry in the blood, embrace him as a hero (and bona-fide pop star), Americans have marginalized him: “songs to slit your wrists by.” He’s been dubbed “Beautiful Creep” and “the Dr. Kevorkian of song,” “the poet of pessimism” and “bard of bedsits,” “the prince of bummers,” and “the poet laureate of commitophobes.” Reward for a Ladies’ Man by Jamie Lee, The Ottawa Citizen. December 14, 2007: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finds a place for the ‘beautiful creep’ Beautiful Creep by Richard Goldstein. Village Voice, December 28, 1967: “My songs are strangely romantic,” he admits, “but so are the kids. I somehow feel that I’ve always waited for this generation.” He pulls out a letter from a young girl who wonders over his unremitting despair. He frightens her because she senses that he has achieved an understanding of life, but he is sad despite it. She prays that the comprehension he seeks will not bring her such misery. She prays for him, and for herself, that he is really blind. And she ends by calling Leonard Cohen a “beautiful creep.” Real tears form in the corners of his eyes, but modestly they do not flow. He sighs for real. “That’s what I am – a beautiful creep.” He excuses himself and you grab for the letter when he is gone. That too is real. []
  15. We love Leonard Cohen The Independent, 20 May 2004: The most gifted songwriters of our time are paying tribute to the Godfather of Gloom this weekend. Fiona Sturges celebrates his enduring appeal. []
  16. Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland. Musician, July 1988: He’s the reigning auteur of folk noir, the godfather of doom ‘n’ gloom. []
  17. Zen, Lawsuits, and Poetry by Phoebe Hoban, New York Magazine, May 14, 2006: With his deadpan delivery and dark lyrics, Leonard Cohen could be called the creator of his own musical genre: song noir. Even his friend Leon Wieseltier once memorably dubbed him “the Prince of Bummers.” []
  18. Exile on Main Street by Brett Grainger, Elm Street, Canada. November 2001: It’s gotten him a bit of a reputation along the way. “Prince of bummers,” “poet of pessimism,” “troubadour of travail,” “the Dr. Kevorkian of song” – journalists can’t seem to get enough of the cliché of the dark knight, the tortured soul spinning his suffering into gold. []
  19. Leonard Cohen and the Death of Cool by David Sprague. Originally published in Your Flesh magazine, 1992: [Leonard Cohen speaking] I was reading the reviews of this in England, and there they were calling me Laughing Len and saying they oughta sell razor blades with this record) []
  20. Rock’s Backpages Audio, February 1988: Laughing Lennie talks to Mat Snow about songwriting, meditation and religion, the collapse of literary culture, and the misperception of him as a Gloom Merchant []
  21. The Fiction Of Leonard Cohen by T.F. Rigelhof, Originally published in Paragraph: Canadian Fiction Review, Volume 19, No. 4, Spring 1998, pp. 2-5: He’d never played with professional musicians and was so heavily into tranquillizers that he’d picked up the nickname Captain Mandrax. []
  22. The Return of Leonard Cohen by Mick Brown, Sounds, July 1976: The poster outside the Colston Hall, Bristol announced the appearance that evening of “The Poet of Rock and Roll []
  23. Contributed by Anjani via email, 20 March 2008 []
  24. Leonard Cohen: Poet of the Holy Sinners by Jay Michaelson. Jewish Daily Forward. Apr 20, 2007: Leonard Cohen: Poet of the Holy Sinners [Title] []
  25. This Is The Album Introducing Leonard Cohen to the World by Barron Laycock, Amazon Reviews – Songs of Leonard Cohen, June 10, 2000: He known as the “poet of existential despair“, a man of soaring visages and terrible nightmares, all put to beautiful and classic melodies. []
  26. Jikan The Useless Monk” is a self-reference Leonard Cohen uses in “The Book of Longing” poems, combining his given Dharma name of “Jikan” (Silent One) with his own descriptive phrase, “The Useless Monk” []
  27. Cohen’s Way by Mat Snow. The Guardian, 1988. There’s a new comic touch to the poet of bedsit angst []
  28. Rock’s Backpages Audio, February 1988: Laughing Lennie talks to Mat Snow about songwriting, meditiation [sic] and religion, the collapse of literary culture, and the misperception of him as a Gloom Merchant []
  29. Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland. Musician, July 1988: So I went down there [Cuba] and immediately found myself accurately described as a “Bourgeois Individualist Poet.” I said, “That’s right. Suits me to a tee.” []
  30. Cohen Regrets by Alastair Pirrie. New Musical Express, March 10, 1973: Leonard Cohen, Grand Master of Melancholia, slipped quietly in and out of London last month []
  31. Ten or More Questions I Should Have Asked Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel. 2 July 1993: [Nadel: All of the following adjectives have been used to describe you; are any correct?
    bard of the bedsits
    apocalyptic lounge lizard
    durable hipster
    Jeremiah of Tin Pan Alley
    legendary ladies man
    amiable gangster
    existential comedian
    poetic playboy
    spin doctor for the Apocalypse
    emotional imperialist
    grizzled prophet
    restless pilgrim
    damaged priest
    the Godfather of Gloom
    hippie icon
    patron saint of angst
    the prince of bummers
    [Cohen] “All of them.” []
  32. Ibid []
  33. Ibid []
  34. Ibid []
  35. Ibid []
  36. Ibid []
  37. Ibid []
  38. Ibid []
  39. Ibid []
  40. Ibid []
  41. Ibid []
  42. Ibid []
  43. Ibid []
  44. Ibid []
  45. An Epic Display From Smiling Dada Of Despair by Barry Egan. Independent. June 15 2008: An Epic Display From The  Smiling Dada Of Despair [Title] []
  46. An Epic Display From Smiling Dada Of Despair by Barry Egan. Independent. June 15, 2008: Watching the Montreal mensch on stage at the Royal Kilmainham Hospital on Friday night, you could also add wise man, Zen-prophet, soothsayer, visionary, seer, bard, guru, godhead, high priest, soul-counsellor, troubadour, non-manic street preacher, chronicler of pain, Rinzai Zen Buddhist monk and holy man to that list. []
  47. Cohen fans shrug off credit crunch by Jeremy Miles. Daily Echo. Nov 12 2008: He may be dismissed by some as the Prince of Pain, a droning bed-sit troubadour who produces little more than music to slash your wrists to. But singer-songwriter, poet, novelist and one-time Buddhist monk Cohen is so much more than that. []
  48. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen by John Walsh.  The Independent, October 27, 2006: Naked truths from the bard of Mount Baldy [Subtitle] []
  49. We Love Leonard Cohen by Fiona Sturges. The Independent. May 20, 2004: The irony is that, while Cohen remains the crown prince of pain, he has found much to be happy about in his twilight years. []
  50. He’s Our Man: Leonard Cohen at the Paramount, Oakland by Phil Fountain. ANewsCafe.com,  April 19, 2009: He’s Our Man: Leonard Cohen at the Paramount, Oakland [Title]. []
  51. The Joking Troubadour of Gloom by Tim Rostron. The Telegraph.  April 26, 1993: The Joking Troubadour of Gloom [Title] and The troubadour of gloom continues: “I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all. []
  52. The Joking Troubadour of Gloom by Tim Rostron. The Telegraph.  April 26, 1993: Leonard Cohen, that master of sexy melancholy, is giving two sell-out concerts in London next month. And, he tells Tim Rostron, he is feeling fairly cheerful. []
  53. Snapshots of Leonard Cohen by Peter Goddard. Toronto Star. February 11, 2001: When last heard from, the high priest of solitude was dividing his time between a Zen Buddhist retreat on Mount Baldy near Los Angeles and downtown L.A. itself, where – depending on whom you talk to – he may be resuming his career. []
  54. Leonard Cohen: The bard on a wire by Jian Ghomeshi. Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2009: Leonard Cohen: The bard on a wire [Title] []
  55. Waxed – Record Review: Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather by Don McLeese. No Depression, January-February, 2005: … I don’t mean to suggest the Canadian bard is in any hurry to join Johnny Cash across the great divide, … []
  56. Leonard Cohen: Canada’s Melancholy Bard. CBC Digital Archives: Leonard Cohen: Canada’s Melancholy Bard [Title] []
  57. Dear Heather Review by by Thom Jurek. AllMusic, 2004: Cohen, who turned 70 in September of 2004, offers no air of personal mortality — thank God; may this elegant Canadian bard of the holy and profane live forever. []
  58. Snapshots of Leonard Cohen by Peter Goddard. Toronto Star. February 11, 2001: This Disappearing Mr. Mysterios bit has long been business-as-usual for Cohen. []
  59. First Night: Leonard Cohen, Opera House, Manchester by David Pollock. The Independent. 18 June 2008: A happy return for the master of misery [Subtitle]. []
  60. The Determinator Details, July, 1993: Leonard Cohen, the maestro of melancholy, answers questions on love, obsession, and despair [Subtitle]. []
  61. Book Review: Caged Author Cohen Off Key by Bonnie Sumner. Sunday Star Times.18 January 2009: Hallelujah that he’s known as the Poet of Love then, … []
  62. Death of a Ladies’ Man by Michael Fountain. Blood for Ink. January 2009: … if this is the Dark Night of the Soul come back for a visit (and yes, it stinks after three days) then this is the night (you win, Doris) for the patron saint of disappointment, Leonard Cohen: []
  63. Green Grass, Sunshine, Wine and Leonard Cohen by Lyn Geisel. Melbourne Live. 25 January 2009: The Prince of precision, Leonard Cohen, graced the Rochford winery in the Yarra Valley …. Note: This is probably an error on the part of the blogger. “Prince of Precision” is the description Cohen has typically used in introducing Rafael Gayol, the percussionist during the Leonard Cohen World Tour. []
  64. Poet Of Pleasure And Pain Leaves ‘em Swooning by Simon Houpt. Globe and Mail. February 20, 2009: Poet Of Pleasure And Pain Leaves ‘em Swooning [Title] []
  65. The Bard of Our Great Depression by Gary Weiss. Gary-Weiss.com. 26 February 2009: The Bard of Our Great Depression [Title] []
  66. First Night: Leonard Cohen, Opera House, Manchester by David Pollock. The Independent. June 18, 2008: Yes, Cohen – the godfather of miserablism – looks happy to be with us. []
  67. herohill vs. Leonard Cohen:: The Bard of Montreal. Herohill web site, April 2 2012: Leonard Cohen:: The Bard of Montreal [Title] []
  68. An Interview with John Sakamoto by Drew Dernavich. The New Yorker. June 20, 2008: … I got to sit down with Leonard Cohen. I remember someone describing him as “the coolest white man on the planet,” and I wouldn’t disagree.. []
  69. Leonard Cohen – If This Is Depression Let’s All Have Some by David Hepworth. The Word. 19 July 2008: The notion that Leonard Cohen has always had a reputation as the poet of swinging suicides is now so deeply embedded in people’s heads… []
  70. Leonard Cohen, That’s How the Light Gets In by Susan Browne. Red Room. April 15, 2009: I saw Leonard Cohen last night, master of duende. []
  71. Leonard Cohen’s Money Troubles Benefit Fans of Bleak Baritone by Daniel Taub. Bloomberg.com. April 13, 2009: Leonard Cohen’s Money Troubles Benefit Fans of Bleak Baritone [Title] []
  72. Leonard Cohen, Troubadour of Love by Patricia Zohn. Huffington Post. May 17, 2009: Leonard Cohen, Troubadour of Love [Title] []
  73. Leonard Cohen Is The Cat In The Hat by DrHGuy. Heck Of A Guy. April 27, 2008: Leonard Cohen Is The Cat In The Hat [Title]. Note: I typically would not include a Cohen nickname from my own blog in this list. In this case, however, I feel it is justified because since then the “Cat In The Hat” appellation has been applied to Cohen in at least a couple of other pieces, including one for the The Sunday Times and Leonard Cohen Works For A Living “Written for The Huffington Post” and, as far as I know, my post was the first to use this alias in connection with Cohen. []
  74. An Intimate Conversation with…Leonard Cohen by Elena Pita. Magazine, Sunday Supplement to El Mundo. September 26, 2001: Perhaps he cannot speak of optimism — this one they call the prince of anguish and the king of cool — but yes, he has gained a certain amiability in his years of practice. []
  75. An Intimate Conversation with…Leonard Cohen by Elena Pita. Magazine, Sunday Supplement to El Mundo. September 26, 2001: Perhaps he cannot speak of optimism — this one they call the prince of anguish and the king of cool — but yes, he has gained a certain amiability in his years of practice. []
  76. Keys to the Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia by Oliver Trager. p. 227, 2004: The Mel Torme of the terminally downbeat, Leonard Cohen (born September 21, 1934, Montreal Quebec) was an underground hero during the 1960s and 1970s and is a poet and songwriter whose work should be regarded as highly as Bob Dylan’s but isn’t. []
  77. The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland. GQ. November, 2001. The Prince of Prurience and Loss [Title] []
  78. Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already by Pico Iyer. Shambhala Sun. September 1998. “Roshi knows me for who I am,” Cohen had said, “and he doesn’t want me to be any other. ‘International Man,’ ‘Culture Man,’ he calls me … []
  79. Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already by Pico Iyer. Shambhala Sun. September 1998. “Roshi knows me for who I am,” Cohen had said, “and he doesn’t want me to be any other. ‘International Man,’ ‘Culture Man,’ he calls me … []
  80. Tower of Song by Gary Singh. Metroactive. November 11, 2009: For decades, critics have pilloried him with sobriquets like, “the godfather of gloom,” the “poet of pessimism” or the “architect of angst.” []
  81. Leonard Cohen: He’s Grammy’s Man by Joshua Ostroff. Spinner. January 29, 2010: Cohen, known by some as the prince of pessimism, came by his musical darkness naturally. []
  82. An Intimate Conversation with…Leonard Cohen by Elena Pita. Magazine, Sunday Supplement to El Mundo. September 26, 2001: At 67, the poet of anguish returns to songwriting with Ten New Songs, a lovely and tranquil CD that goes on sale October 8. []
  83. Concert at The Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux, Switzerland, July 8, 2008 by Christof Graf. Leonard Cohen Files. 2008: Leonard Cohen. The “God in the black suit”, as he was called by the Swiss press, and ’20 Minutes’ called him twice “Gott im schwarzen Anzug”, God in the black suit. []
  84. The World’s Only Interesting Canadian by Stephen Foster. Stephen Foster’s Blog. August 9, 2010. The World’s Only Interesting Canadian [Title] []
  85. Leonard Cohen, the Existential Serenader, Is Still Glad to Be Glum by Andy Gill. Independent, 13 May 1993. Leonard Cohen, the Existential Serenader, Is Still Glad to Be Glum [Title] []
  86. Leonard Cohen: A troubadour at Charles’s court by Neil Spencer. The Observer, 21 May 2006. Cohen … The Arch Bard Of Miserabilism [Subtitle] []
  87. That’s How The Light Gets In by Lawrence Moore. Mustard Seeds, August 30, 2006: Leonard Cohen has been called “The poet of the heart.” []
  88. Leonard Cohen – ‘Darkness’. Fact Magazine, January 11, 2012: Everyone’s favourite croaky poet of romantic doom, Leonard Cohen, has a new album on the way. []
  89. God’s dearest sunbeam, Leonard Cohen …  is preparing a new album for later this year. London Evening Standard, 13 May 2011. God’s dearest sunbeam, Leonard Cohen …  is preparing a new album for later this year. []
  90. Beautiful Creep by Richard Goldstein. Village Voice, December 28, 1967: But Leonard Cohen is a Visceral Romantic and he can hit you unawares because his emotions are recollected in anything but tranquility. []
  91. Leonard Cohen: Renaissance Mensch. Playboy, November 1968: Leonard Cohen: Renaissance Mensch [Title] []
  92. Poet Of Loneliness Spawns Losers’ Treat by Ron Binns. The Ubyssey. Vol. LVI, No. 3, January 10, 1975: Poet Of Loneliness Spawns Losers’ Treat [Title]. []
  93. Prophet Of The Heart by L. S. Dorman. Music Sales Corp, April 1991: Prophet Of The Heart [Book Title] []
  94. Leonard Cohen: Partisan der Liebe by Christof Graf, VGS Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne, Germany, 1996: Leonard Cohen: Partisan der Liebe [Book Title] []
  95. Disc Of The Week: From Leonard Cohen, Even Old Ideas Are Worthwhile by Brad Wheeler. The Globe And Mail, February 4, 2012: Old Ideas, from the 77-year-old Montreal mope, is a charismatic record … []
  96. Leonard Cohen – Titan Der Worte by Christof Graf, Edel Books, Germany, 2010: Leonard Cohen – Titan Der Worte [Book Title] []
  97. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002:  Left, the don of depression practices his moves, 1967. [Photo Caption] []
  98. The Prophet Of Love Looks Into The Abyss: A Conversation With Leonard Cohen by Thom Jurek. Los Angeles Reader, August 27, 1993: The Prophet Of Love Looks Into The Abyss [Title] []
  99. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002: Brother Of Mercy [Title] []
  100. Felonious Monk by Sylvie Simmons.  MOJO, November 2001: He [Roshi] has given me a few names. … I was Solitary Cliff for a while. You can just call me Cliff. []
  101. Felonious Monk by Sylvie Simmons.  MOJO, November 2001: Felonious Monk [Title] []
  102. Love’s Hard Man by Alan Franks. The Times Magazine, October 13, 2001:  Love’s Hard Man [Title] []
  103. Love’s Hard Man by Alan Franks. The Times Magazine, October 13, 2001: The high priest of passion and pain has spent much of the last decade living the restricted life of a Zen monk. []
  104. Hats Off To Cohen by Vicki Anderson.  Stuff.co, November 4, 2010: The Godfather of cool, Cohen is one of a kind and this was one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time. []
  105. Irving And Leonard by Rich Baines. Leonard Cohen Files: If one wishes to understand the work and words of Leonard Cohen, … one must first investigate the passion that was handed down to the “Young Prince of Montreal” from his verse-clad forefathers of page and song. []
  106. Notes from Tower of Song tribute album by Tom Robbins, 1995: A quill in his teeth, a solitary teardrop a-squirm in his palm, he was the young poet prince of Montreal, handsome, immaculate, searching for sturdier doors to nail his poignant verses on. []
  107. The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland.  GQ. November 2001: The Badass Of Dark Verse [Photo Caption] []
  108. Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse by Jeff Bateman. The Music Scene, No. 349,  November-December 1984: Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse [Title] []
  109. Leonard Cohen by C.F. The Sheffield Star, May 15, 1976: The melancholy troubadour came to Sheffield last night with his own unique brand of depression … []
  110. Anarchist Without A Bomb, Der Spiegel, November 3, 1969: Anarchist Without A Bomb [Title] []
  111. Your Man Cohen, Der Spiegel, April 4, 1988: The New York Times characterized the usually clad-in-black Cohen as ‘anarchist without a bomb’ in the 1960s. It seems that a German critic was more to the point who called the singer during his previous tour asomnambulist without an alarm clock … []
  112. Solitude and Carnival by Von Gatterburg. Der Spiegel, November 17, 1997:  The chief apocalyptist will take pleasure in this edition. []
  113. Melancholy Hero by by Christoph Dallach. Der Spiegel, September 29, 2008: Melancholy Hero  [Title] []
  114. Melancholy Hero by Christoph Dallach. Der Spiegel, September 29, 2008: Leonard Cohen, the legendary grouchy bard from Montreal, known for knowing what women are about, undertakes another expansive world tour after fifteen years…. []
  115. Turks, Tours, and Triumph. Der Spiegel. May 31, 2007: Since the legendary bard from Montreal is among the reticent members of his guild, … []
  116. Young Colin, Old Cohen  by Jan Wigger, Der Spiegel, November 25, 2008: At its [a haberdashery's] door, a photo of the late-romantic existentialist []
  117. Saint Porn, Der Spiegel, July 13, 1979: Saint Porn [Title] []
  118. Godfather of Hipsterism – Leonard Cohen by Dallas Vietty. Website Of Dallas Vietty, October 23, 2007: Godfather of Hipsterism – Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  119. Saint Porn. Der Spiegel, July 13, 1979: His fans usually listen to Cohen, the bard of exaggerated emotion, in a state of cult-like rapture… []
  120. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002: He’s the Godfather Of Depressive Rock, an acclaimed poet and novelist, … [Photo Caption] []
  121. Leonard Cohen by Kristine McKenna. Another Room Magazine, Spring 1985: The F. Scott Fitzgerald of popular song, Cohen is a supremely elegant romantic existentialist. []
  122. Pop Music’s Perpetual Old Man, Now 74, Is Back on the Road  by Nate Chinen. New York Times, February 20, 2009 : Pop Music’s Perpetual Old Man, Now 74, Is Back on the Road [Title] []
  123. Leonard Cohen In Zagreb by Anita Ruje. SATA, July 20, 2010: The musician, known as the ‘King of Sorrow,” has  released 11 studio albums in his 43-year career. []
  124. The Loneliness of The Long-Suffering Folkie by Wayne Robins. Newsday – Long Island, November 22, 1992: Cohen has been the laureate of creative agony since the 1960s … []
  125. Cohen Grows Into The Future Gracefully, And With A Grin by Peter Howell. Toronto Star, November 19, 1992: You might call Leonard Cohen the Grinning Reaper. []
  126. An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Richard Guilliatt, The Sunday Times Magazine (London), December 12, 1993: Yet here is Leonard Cohen – the poet laureate of pessimism, the world heavyweight champion of existential despair – getting cheerfully drunk in a Chinese Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard. []
  127. Back to Life with a Blast from the Rocket Man by Ben Thompson. The Independent on Sunday, May 16, 1993: Cohen is the Mel Brooks of misery. []
  128. Leonard Cohen Profiled (2010): Life Of A Ladies’ Man by Graham Reid. Elsewhere, October 25, 2010: Even the writer Pico Iyer, who knows him better than most, concedes Leonard Cohen – so melancholy he used to be referred to as “a one man Joy Division” – presents a problem. []
  129. Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen by Robert Christgau. The Beat Patrol, October 18, 2009: Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  130. Never Leave Home Without Leonard Cohen by Max Kirchner.  Seattlest, December 15, 2011: … Max Kirchner, who shares with us the relationship he’s had with the music and voice of Leonard Cohen, the man formerly known as the Canadian Bob Dylan, now known largely as a languidly-voiced libertine.  [Editor's Note]. []
  131. Songs in Key of Gray; Leonard Cohen and the Legacy of His Dark-Hued Ballads by Richard Harrington, Washington Post, October 30, 1988: Leonard Cohen, once described by Rolling Stone as ” the poet laureate of outrage and romantic despair…is  sipping serenely at his tea in a New York hotel. []
  132. What Can Writers Learn From Songwriters: Leonard Cohen by Derek Flynn. Rant, with occasional music, May 16, 2012: He’s [Cohen's] not the “Patron Saint of Suicides” or “Mr. Misery” or any of the other epithets that have been lazily applied to him over the years by people who haven’t taken the time to listen to him. []
  133. Ibid. He’s [Cohen's] not the “Patron Saint of Suicides” or “Mr. Misery” or any of the other epithets that have been lazily applied to him over the years by people who haven’t taken the time to listen to him. []
  134. Songs in Key of Gray; Leonard Cohen and the Legacy of His Dark-Hued Ballads by Richard Harrington, Washington Post, October 30, 1988: Leonard Cohen, once described by Rolling Stone as ” … the aficionado of gloom, is  sipping serenely at his tea in a New York hotel. []
  135. Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, and an Audience at London’s May Fair Hotel by Tony Hardy. Consequence of Sound, January 20, 2012: The grand master of bedroom angst was in London Wednesday night to preview Old Ideas, his first album in seven years, … []
  136. Leonard Cohen – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles by Ethlie Ann Vare, Billboard, June 9, 1985: And with that, the black-clad troubadour of the minor key cracked a smile. []
  137. Listen to a Fantastic New Leonard Cohen Song by Tom Hawking. FlavorWire, January 10, 2012: The lyric manages to poke fun at Cohen’s reputation as the Grand Overlord of Melancholy []
  138. Old King Cohen by Indrajit Hazra, Hindustan Times, February 11, 2012: Old King Cohen [Title] []
  139. Bow Down Before The Sage From Mt Baldy by Gautam Malkani, Financial Times, January 27, 2012: Bow Down Before The Sage From Mt Baldy [Title] []
  140. Cohen Thanks Ex-Manager At Sentencing. Express, April 18, 2012: The Hallelujah hitmaker read aloud a statement as his ex-manager and onetime lover Kelley Lynch was sentenced … []
  141. Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist  - Leonard Cohent by A.D. Amorosi. Blurt, January 30, 2012: Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist – Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  142. Derived from lyrics of Coming Home (Old Ideas album) by Leonard Cohen, released January 31, 2012: I love to speak with Leonard / He’s a sportsman and a shepherd / He’s a lazy bastard / Living in a suit ... [Lyrics found at LeonardCohen.com], this phrase has been used in a number of articles and posts to refer to Cohen.  For example, Leonard Cohen, Jarvis Cocker, and an Audience at London’s May Fair Hotel by Tony Hardy. Consequence of Sound, January 20, 2012: “The lazy bastard living in a suit,” to quote opening track “Going Home”, appeared dapper in dark grey with trilby pulled down over his brow, occasionally lifted to reveal a carpet of closely cropped grey hair.   Also  ‘He’s a Lazy Bastard Living in a Suit’ by Sarah Toa.  A WineDark Sea, April 4, 2012: ‘He’s a Lazy Bastard Living in a Suit’  [Title] []
  143. E-mail from Bob Dylan, read at first annual PEN New England Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence, John F. Kennedy Library, February 26, 2012. Reported at Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen honored at JFK Library – Bob Dylan sends his regards by Harold Lepidus, Examiner, February 26, 2012: To Chuck, the Shakespeare of rock and roll, congratulations on your PEN award, that’s what too much monkey business will get ya . . . Say hello to Mr. Leonard, Kafka of the blues, … []
  144. Leonard Cohen – Gentleman Zen by Gilles Tordjman. Rolling Stone, French edition, September 2008: Leonard Cohen – Gentleman Zen [Title] []
  145. Referenced in text of the 1976 Leonard Cohen Tour Program, which was itself extracted from The Rock Encyclopedia (Rowolht Publications), which in turn attributed the term to Time magazine: The “black romanticist” (Time), who turned down a Canadian prize for literature … []
  146. Leonard Cohen, The Baleful Buddhist by Gerry Kopelow. The Dharma Centre of Winnipeg. Leonard Cohen, The Baleful Buddhist [Title] []
  147. Title used on 1976 Tour Posters.  See The Leonard Cohen Munich Concert Poster Mystery and Leonard Cohen – Poet Of Rock Music – On Poems Vs Songs, His Withdrawn Novel, Janis Joplin In LA, Album Titles, & The Perfect Ass []
  148. Leonard Cohen: The Man with the Hat by James McShane. Aardvarkian Tales, September 12, 2012: Leonard Cohen: The Man with the Hat. [Title] []
  149. The Ballads Of Kilmainham Gaol  by N. Kelly. Independent, Sept 1, 2012: Incredibly, the seer of Montreal‘s quartet of gigs in the grounds of IMMA at Kilmainham will be his fourth visit to this island in almost as many years … []
  150. Rock Snob Encyclopedia – Leonard Cohen by Jonathan Valania. Philadelphia Weekly, June 13, 2001: Leonard Cohen: Patron Saint Of Life’s Beautiful Losers. []
  151. Viva Cohen, personal communication []
  152. Buzzlist: From The Bright Young Things To Elder Statesmen Of Showmanship… Top 5 Live Acts Of 2012 by Team Buzzine. Buzzine Music, December 27, 2012: From The Bright Young Things To Elder Statesmen Of Showmanship… Top 5 Live Acts Of 2012 [Title] []
  153. Bell: Cohen concert not quite what it might have been by Mike Bell. Calgary Herald, Nov 17, 2012: No, the Bard of Harlequin, himself, wasn’t a disappointment. []
  154. Godfather of Blissful Doom by Mike Ross. Edmonton Sun, Nov 18, 2012: …  the 78-year-old Godfather of Blissful Doom performed like he had nothing to lose. []
  155. Gifts of Light from The Warrior of Love by David Whiteis. Chicago Reader, date unknown (Review of November 7, 1988 Park West, Chicago Concert): Gifts of Light from The Warrior of Love [Title] []
  156. Leonard Cohen: The Master of Delicate Sadness Takes the Wang Theatre Stage This Weekend by Jim Sullivan. Jim Sullivan Ink, Dec 15, 2012:  Leonard Cohen: The Master of Delicate Sadness Takes the Wang Theatre Stage This Weekend [Title] []
  157. Tortoise-Shell Hero  by Biba Kopf. New Musical Express, March 2, 1985: Tortoise-Shell Hero [Title] &  It is not through excessive caution that the tortoise, the Canadian poet/songwriter of out title story, got there at all. []
  158. Review of April 30, 1985 Leonard Cohen Concert in Philadelphia, mentioned by Cohen at his May 4, 1985 Boston show: He also called me a “Byronic bullfrog.” []
  159. Musique : les papys du rock by Antoine Dreyfus. Le Parisien – Le Magazine, June 10, 2013: A 78 ans, c’est le doyen de ces papys du rock. [Google Translate: Leonard Cohen: At 78 years, the dean of the granddads of rock. ] []
  160. Leonard Cohen: Pop im Wiegeschritt. by Werner Rosenberger.  Kurier, June 19, 2013: The old school melancholic opens his suitcase and holds rags from 40 years back to the light.  [Google Translate] []
  161. Born with the Gift of a Golden Voice – Leonard Cohen at the O2 World, Berlin by Sascha Krieger. Stage And Screen, July 24, 2013: The poet of human darkness has turned into an illuminator, a humble but amazingly vital old man bringing us the light. []
  162. Leonard Cohen Is A Poet Who Is Trying To Be Free by Marci McDonald. Toronto Daily Star. April 26, 1969: By this week, when he was awarded the 1968 Governor General’s prize for poetry, Leonard Cohen had been elevated to “hipsters’ idol” – a tag strong enough to transcend geography or job, magic enough to fill a concert hall, sell a million dollars worth of records and send shivers down an adolescent spine. []
  163. Leonard Cohen: “New Skin For The Old Ceremony” by Bill Henderson. Sept 28, 1974: With a slight sigh, the naked saint goes to war again. []