Leonard Cohen, AKA … – The Nicknames

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

Leonard Cohen is a nickname magnet.

Perhaps endowing Leonard Cohen with a nickname is a criterion a journalist must meet in order to make his bones as a pop music critic. In any case, writers are the most frequent contributors of aliases, but there are also offerings from friends, family, lovers, fans, and even Mr Cohen himself that have been memorialized in print.

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. For the record, the earliest dated nickname is a reference to an ad in National Lampoon published in the 1960s.

I have arbitrarily excluded the single-word nicknames, “Len,” “Lennie,” “Leo,” and other diminutives of “Leonard” from the list for reasons that seem to me intuitively obvious yet cumbersome to articulate in print. I have made educated guesses (i.e., arbitrary decisions) that certain similar nicknames (e.g., “Master Of Erotic Despair” and “Master Of Romantic Despair”) were independently generated and have therefore counted each as a separate entry. If a nickname seemed likely to have evolved as a derivative of another monicker, I have included both as a single entry.

The Nicknames

  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. King Of Dirge25
  26. Poet Of Existential Despair26
  27. Jikan/Jikan The Useless Monk/Silent One27
  28. Poet Of Bedsit Angst28
  29. Poet Laureate Of Misery29
  30. Gloom Merchant30
  31. Bourgeois Individualist Poet31
  32. Bard Of Love And Loss32
  33. Grand Master of Melancholia33
  34. King Of Misery34
  35. Poet Laureate Of Our Dreams35
  36. Durable Hipster36
  37. Legendary Ladies Man37
  38. Existential Comedian38
  39. Spin Doctor For The Apocalypse39
  40. Grizzled Prophet40
  41. Damaged Priest41
  42. Hippie Icon42
  43. Apocalyptic Lounge Lizard43
  44. Jeremiah Of Tin Pan Alley44
  45. Amiable Gangster45
  46. Poetic Playboy46
  47. Emotional Imperialist47
  48. Restless Pilgrim48
  49. Patron Saint Of Angst49
  50. Smiling Dada Of Despair50
  51. Montreal Mensch51
  52. Prince Of Pain52
  53. Bard Of Mount Baldy53
  54. Our National Muse54
  55. Maestro Of The Monotone55
  56. Crown Prince of Pain56
  57. Our Man57
  58. Godfather Of Great Singers Who Can’t Sing58
  59. Joking Troubadour of Gloom/Troubadour of Gloom59
  60. Master Of Sexy Melancholy60
  61. High Priest Of Solitude61
  62. Master Of Word And Song62
  63. Bard On A Wire63
  64. Canadian Bard64
  65. Canada’s Melancholy Bard65
  66. Canadian Bard Of The Holy And Profane66
  67. King Of Melancholy67
  68. Disappearing Mr. Mysterioso68
  69. Master Of Misery69
  70. Maestro Of Melancholy70
  71. Maestro Of Magnificent Melancholy71
  72. Poet Of Love72
  73. Patron Saint Of Disappointment73
  74. King Of Hearts74
  75. Godfather Of Goth75
  76. Ageless Troubadour Of Montreal76
  77. Prince Of Precision77
  78. Patron Saint Of Bedsit Depressives78
  79. Poet Of Pleasure And Pain79
  80. Apostle Of Melancholy80
  81. Bard Of Our Great Depression81
  82. Godfather Of Miserablism82
  83. Bard Of Montreal83
  84. Canada’s High Priest Of Poetry84
  85. Coolest White Man On The Planet85
  86. Melancholy Bard Of Popular Music/Canada’s Melancholy Bard Of Popular Music86
  87. Canada’s Literary Enfant Terrible87
  88. High Priest Of Lyrical Minimalism88
  89. Poet Of Swinging Suicides89
  90. Master Of Duende90
  91. Bleak Baritone91
  92. Canada’s Poet Laureate Of Existential Despair92
  93. Troubadour Of Love93
  94. Cat In The Hat94
  95. Prince Of Anguish95
  96. King Of Cool96
  97. Beat Apocalyptic Prophet97
  98. Mel Torme of the Terminally Downbeat98
  99. Prince of Prurience And Loss99
  100. International Man100
  101. Culture Man101
  102. Architect Of Angst102
  103. Poet Laureate Of The Lonely-Hearted103
  104. Prince Of Pessimism104
  105. Felonious Monk105
  106. Poet Of Anguish106
  107. God In The Black Suit107
  108. Godfather Of Misery 108
  109. World’s Only Interesting Canadian109
  110. Musical Bard Of Canada110
  111. Existential Serenader111
  112. Arch Bard Of Miserabilism’112
  113. Poet Of The Heart113
  114. Poet Of Romantic Doom/Croaky Poet Of Romantic Doom114
  115. God’s Dearest Sunbeam115
  116. Master Of Prose116
  117. Visceral Romantic117
  118. Renaissance Mensch118
  119. Poet Of Loneliness119
  120. Maestro Of Timing120
  121. Patron Saint Of Envy121
  122. Prophet Of The Heart122
  123. King Of The Alta-Cockers123
  124. Poet Laureate Of The Self-Obsessed124
  125. Maestro Of Moving On125
  126. Cohen The Miserablist126
  127. Patron Saint Of Miss Dale’s Farm127
  128. Partisan Der Liebe (Partisan Of Love)128
  129. Montreal Mope129
  130. White Barry White130
  131. Troubadour Of Melancholy131
  132. Patron Saint Of Young People Living In Cities, Waiting For Something To Happen132
  133. Titan Der Worte (Titan Of The Words)133
  134. Dark Poet134
  135. Don Of Depression135
  136. Prophet Of Love136
  137. Brother Of Mercy137
  138. Solitary Cliff, Cliff138
  139. Post Henry And June Evangelical Pimp Of All Centuries139
  140. Love’s Hard Man140
  141. High Priest Of Passion And Pain141
  142. Roving Poet Laureate Of Rock’n’roll142
  143. Poetul De La Microfon/Poet Of The Microphone143
  144. Godfather Of Cool144
  145. Young Prince Of Montreal145
  146. Poet Prince Of Montreal146
  147. Badass Of Dark Verse147
  148. Maestro Of Murky Mirth148
  149. Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse149
  150. Melancholy Troubadour150
  151. Anarchist Without A Bomb151
  152. Somnambulist Without An Alarm Clock152
  153. Chief Apocalyptist153
  154. Melancholy Hero154
  155. Legendary Grouchy Bard From Montreal155
  156. Legendary Bard From Montreal156
  157. Late-Romantic Existentialist157
  158. Saint Porn158
  159. Godfather of Hipsterism159
  160. Bard Of Exaggerated Emotion160
  161. Cohen The Sensualist161
  162. Poet Laureate Of Despair162
  163. Leonard The Versifier163
  164. Godfather Of Depressive Rock164
  165. F. Scott Fitzgerald Of Popular Song165
  166. Pop Music’s Perpetual Old Man166
  167. King Of Sorrow167
  168. Laureate Of Creative Agony168
  169. Grinning Reaper169
  170. World Heavyweight Champion Of Existential Despair170
  171. Singular Voice Of Terminal Melancholia171
  172. Mel Brooks Of Misery172
  173. Maestro Of Munificent Magnanimity173
  174. One Man Joy Division174
  175. Unbeautiful Winner175
  176. Virgin-Pilgrim War Hero176
  177. Canadian Bob Dylan177
  178. Baritone-Voiced Scholar Of Heartache And Cultural Decay 178
  179. Poet Laureate Of Outrage And Romantic Despair179
  180. Patron Saint Of Suicides180
  181. Mr. Misery181
  182. Aficionado Of Gloom182
  183. Grand Master Of Bedroom Angst183
  184. Black-Clad Troubadour Of The Minor Key184
  185. King Of Popular Music/Undisputed King Of Popular Music185
  186. Master Of Mortification186
  187. Sentry Of Solitude187
  188. Grand Overlord of Melancholy188
  189. Old King Cohen189
  190. Sage From Mt Baldy190
  191. Bard Of The Depressed191
  192. Maestro Of The Downbeat192
  193. Prophet Of Dark-Alley Dreams193
  194. Hallelujah Hitmaker194
  195. Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist195
  196. Irreverent Master of Prayer196
  197. Lazy Bastard Living In A Suit197
  198. Elegant Aesthete198
  199. Kafka Of The Blues199
  200. Gentleman Zen200
  201. Black Romanticist201
  202. Baleful Buddhist202
  203. Poet of Rock Music203
  204. The Man With The Hat204
  205. High Priest Of Minimalism205
  206. Seer Of Montreal206
  207. Patron Saint Of Life’s Beautiful Losers207
  208. Papou208
  209. Elder Statesman Of Showmanship209
  210. Bard of Harlequin210
  211. Godfather Of Blissful Doom211
  212. Master Of Romantic Angst212
  213. Ghost Of ’60s Past213
  214. Warrior Of Love214
  215. Master of Delicate Sadness215
  216. Tortoise-Shell Hero & Tortoise 216
  217. Byronic Bullfrog217
  218. Doyen De Ces Papys Du Rock [Dean Of The Granddads Of Rock]218
  219.  Melancholiker Der Alten Schule [Old School Melancholic]219
  220. Patron Saint Of Canada220
  221. Poet Of Human Darkness221
  222. Hipsters’ Idol222
  223. Naked Saint223
  224. Professor Of Cool224
  225. Buster Keaton Of Despair225
  226. Poet Of Romantic Despair226
  227. Harbinger Of The Heart227
  228. Poet Laureate Of Popular Music228
  229. Bard Of Liquid Soul229
  230. High Priest Of Lyrical Beauty230
  231. Prophet Of Our Times231
  232. Poet Laureate Of Jewish Theology232
  233. Jewish Dean Martin233
  234. Zen Master Of Song234
  235. Maestro Of Misery235
  236. Canada’s Numero Uno Agent Of Anguish/Agent Of Anguish236
  237. Poet Laureate Of The Blackened Heart237
  238. Crooner Des Crooners, Le Croonerissime [Crooner Of Crooners, The Ultimate Crooner]238
  239. Troubadour Trickster239
  240. Grim Grocer Of Grief240
  241. Poet Laureate Of Songsters241
  242. Dalai Cohen242
  243. Poet Laureate Of Dry Wit And Tattered Romance243
  244. Elder Statesman Of Angst244
  245. Poet Laureate Of Pain245
  246. Edith Piaf With Chest Hair246
  247. Irreverent Master Of Prayer247
  248. Poet Laureate Of Melancholia248
  249. Patron Saint Of All Things Soulful And Romantic249
  250. Montreal’s Patron Saint Of Songwriting250
  251. Stimme der Endzeit, Stimme der Lieb [Voice Of The End Times, Voice Of Love]251
  252. Poet Laureate Of Wine, Women And Song252
  253. Great Bard Of Late-Night Melancholy253
  254. Canada´s Dark Bohemian Wise Baritone254
  255. Thinking Man’s Godfather Of The Boudoir255
  256. Ascetic Prophet Of Acoustic Disaffectedness256
  257. America’s Musical Prophet Of The Apocalypse257
  258. Pop’s Patron Saint Of Those Who Consider Themselves Sensitive Searchers258
  259. King Of Seduction259
  260. King Of Pop260
  261. Lichtbringer [Lightbringer]261
  262. Rock Star Monk262
  263. Our Poet Of The Apocalypse263
  264. Poet Laureate of Songwriters264
  265. Desolation Angel265
  266. High Priest Of Suicide Rock266
  267. Canada’s Poet-Singer Of The Lovable And The Livable267
  268. Rockens Yoda [Rock Yoda]268

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  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. Dirge. Uncylopedia:  The Rise of Leonard Cohen, King of Dirge [Heading] []
  26. 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. []
  27. 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” []
  28. Cohen’s Way by Mat Snow. The Guardian, 1988. There’s a new comic touch to the poet of bedsit angst []
  29. I’m Your Man: Leonard Cohen | Music for the Masses by Matthew Moyer. Library Journal, Feb 1, 2012: On paper, it seemed like a dream. Leonard Cohen, poet laureate of misery, teamed up with Phil Spector… []
  30. 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 []
  31. 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.” []
  32. Leonard Cohen to Release Live Album, DVD by Ryan Dombal. Pitchfork, Feb 17, 2009: Last year, the bard of love and loss set out on his first tour in 15 years … []
  33. 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 []
  34. Cohen, Leonard : Ten New Songs by John Mulvey. NME, Oct 16, 2001: King of misery returns from monastery with synthesizer [Subtitle] []
  35. Beck Plays Leonard Cohen by Matthue Roth. MyJewishLearning, Sept 8, 2009: I hardly need an excuse to write more about Leonard Cohen, the … poet laureate of our dreams. []
  36. 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.” []
  37. Ibid []
  38. Ibid []
  39. Ibid []
  40. Ibid []
  41. Ibid []
  42. Ibid []
  43. Ibid []
  44. Ibid []
  45. Ibid []
  46. Ibid []
  47. Ibid []
  48. Ibid []
  49. Ibid []
  50. 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] []
  51. 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. []
  52. 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. []
  53. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen by John Walsh.  The Independent, October 27, 2006: Naked truths from the bard of Mount Baldy [Subtitle] []
  54. Our National Muse by Judith Fitzgerald. The Toronto Star, August 1, 1999: Our National Muse [Title] []
  55. Maestro Of The Monotone by Mekella Broomberg. Jewish Quarterly: Vol 54, Issue 2, 2007: Maestro Of The Monotone – on the Leonard Cohen Revival [Title] []
  56. 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. []
  57. 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] []
  58. Leonard Cohen The Godfather Of Great Singers Who Can’t Sing by Mike Ross. Gigcity, Nov 17, 2012: Leonard Cohen The Godfather Of Great Singers Who Can’t Sing [Title] []
  59. 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. []
  60. 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. []
  61. 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. []
  62. Leonard Cohen – O2 Arena, London (21 June, 2013). Neon Filler: June 27, 2013:  It’s not so strange that this master of word and song somehow achieves such intimacy … []
  63. Leonard Cohen: The bard on a wire by Jian Ghomeshi. Vancouver Sun, April 15, 2009: Leonard Cohen: The bard on a wire [Title] []
  64. 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, … []
  65. Leonard Cohen: Canada’s Melancholy Bard. CBC Digital Archives: Leonard Cohen: Canada’s Melancholy Bard [Title] []
  66. 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. []
  67. CD of the Year: Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen by Mark Kidel, Dec 24, 2012: Leonard Cohen has been the king of melancholy ever since he set out on his slow journey through the dark side. []
  68. 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. []
  69. First Night: Leonard Cohen, Opera House, Manchester by David Pollock. The Independent. 18 June 2008: A happy return for the master of misery [Subtitle]. []
  70. The Determinator Details, July, 1993: Leonard Cohen, the maestro of melancholy, answers questions on love, obsession, and despair [Subtitle]. []
  71. Praise Be… Or How “Hallelujah” Man Leonard Cohen’s Comeback Actually Happened by Johnny Black. Rocks Back Pages Archives: January 9, 2009: Hallett found himself enraptured by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, the maestro of magnificent melancholy. []
  72. 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, … []
  73. 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 []
  74. The King Of Hearts, Leonard Cohen. HMV Ad, Feb 2012: The King Of Hearts, Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  75. The 10 Best Leonard Cohen Songs by James Jackson Toth. Stereogum, Oct 19, 2012: Cohen was a maverick, a risk taker of the highest order, and was never content to rest on his laurels as earnest godfather of goth. []
  76. I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen by Sylvie Simmons by Liz Thomson. The Independent, Nov 17, 2012: The ageless troubadour of Montreal at last has a biography that does him justice. []
  77. 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. []
  78. A Broken Offering by  Tim Footman. Aeon, Nov 16, 2012:  It was a potential congregation of gloom and despondency, almost a parody of Cohen as the patron saint of bedsit depressives. []
  79. 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] []
  80. Leonard Cohen at Your Service by Pirkko Kotiranta, Helsingin Sanomat, Jan 22, 2012: Leonard Cohen, the Apostle of Melancholy, the writer-musician who cultivated his decades-long depression and love affairs into big art, takes his audience, once again. []
  81. The Bard of Our Great Depression by Gary Weiss. Gary-Weiss.com. 26 February 2009: The Bard of Our Great Depression [Title] []
  82. 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. []
  83. Herohill vs. Leonard Cohen:: The Bard of Montreal. Herohill web site, April 2 2012: Leonard Cohen:: The Bard of Montreal [Title] []
  84. Leonard Cohen, 680News. Dec 5, 2012: Canada’s high priest of poetry Leonard Cohen treated fans at the Air Canada Centre to a show … []
  85. 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… []
  86. Encountering Cohen: A Reminiscence on the Eve of a New World Tour by Steve Venright. Mondo, Aug 15, 2008: But such was the allure of Canada’s “melancholy bard of popular music.” []
  87. Leonard Cohen Mixes Movie-Making And Zen by Paul King. The Gazette, July 16, 1983: The celebrated  poet, novelist, songwriter, singing-star – once branded “Canada’s literary enfant terrible” – seems at last serene. []
  88. Lent with Leonard by Chris Cuthill.  Cardus, April 5, 2012:  As the high priest of lyrical minimalism, [Leonard Cohen] chooses his words with more circumspection than most of us take when choosing a spouse. []
  89. 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… []
  90. 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. []
  91. 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] []
  92. Review of Energy of Slaves by Pieter Uys. Amazon, Feb 9, 2003: At one stage known as Canada’s poet laureate of existential despair, Cohen published a number of poetry books … []
  93. Leonard Cohen, Troubadour of Love by Patricia Zohn. Huffington Post. May 17, 2009: Leonard Cohen, Troubadour of Love [Title] []
  94. 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. []
  95. 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. []
  96. 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. []
  97. 100 Best Canadian Songs Ever  by Joshua Ostroff, Sarah Kurchak, Aaron Brophy. Huffington Post, June 30, 2014: It’s hard to deny Cohen as beat apocalyptic prophet. []
  98. 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. []
  99. The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland. GQ. November, 2001. The Prince of Prurience and Loss [Title] []
  100. 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 … []
  101. 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 … []
  102. 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.” []
  103. Primer: Leonard Cohen by Steven Hyden & John Semley. A.V. Club, Feb 2, 2012: Cohen rasps, “Lie beside me baby, that’s an order” on the record’s title track, shuffling into his late-game role as poet laureate of the lonely-hearted. []
  104. 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. []
  105. Felonious Monk by Sylvie Simmons.  MOJO, November 2001: Felonious Monk [Title] []
  106. 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. []
  107. 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. []
  108. Glastonbury Gets Stuck In The Mud by Johnny Dee. The Week, Apr 30,  2008: This year’s Glastonbury Festival line-up will include a Welsh Elvis (Shakin’ Stevens), the most despised man in pop (James Blunt) and the godfather of misery (Leonard Cohen), has been greeted with a groundswell of disenchantment. []
  109. The World’s Only Interesting Canadian by Stephen Foster. Stephen Foster’s Blog. August 9, 2010. The World’s Only Interesting Canadian [Title] []
  110. Leonard Cohen – The Musical Bard of Canada by Dale Estey. Red Room, : Leonard Cohen – The Musical Bard of Canada [Title] []
  111. 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] []
  112. Leonard Cohen: A troubadour at Charles’s court by Neil Spencer. The Observer, 21 May 2006. Cohen … The Arch Bard Of Miserabilism [Subtitle] []
  113. 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.” []
  114. 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. []
  115. 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. []
  116. Leonard Cohen, Master of Prose by Andrew Saikali. The Millions: Jan 4, 2005: Leonard Cohen, Master of Prose [Title] and So this, then, is about Leonard Cohen, master of prose []
  117. 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. []
  118. Leonard Cohen: Renaissance Mensch. Playboy, November 1968: Leonard Cohen: Renaissance Mensch [Title] []
  119. 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]. []
  120. Our National Muse by Judith Fitzgerald. The Toronto Star, August 1, 1999: Ah, those days, those nights, those times, drawls the mischievous Maestro of Timing, it seems so long ago … []
  121. Leonard Cohen: Gifts Of Light From The Warrior Of Love by David Whiteis. Chicago Reader, date unknown (Review of November 7, 1988 Park West, Chicago Concert): Irony flows like a bittersweet river through the poetry and music of Leonard Cohen. The self-styled patron saint of envy []
  122. Prophet Of The Heart by L. S. Dorman. Music Sales Corp, April 1991: Prophet Of The Heart [Book Title] []
  123. Hoot & Holler, or Shout Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen rapturous at Barclay Center by Jamie Frey. Jersey Beat, Dec 2012:  The king of the alta-cockers would be Leonard Cohen. []
  124. All dressed up for `Naked’ by Howard Reich. Chicago Tribune: May 16, 2002: But Cohen’s decades-long career as poet laureate of the self-obsessed in fact has produced a stylistically varied songbook. []
  125. A Room Not Of One’s Own by Marni Jackson. Globe And Mail, Aug. 11 2001: The maestro of moving on, of course, is Leonard “I am a Hotel” Cohen. []
  126. Growing Old Passionately by Alan Jackson. Observer, November 22, 1992:  Instead there is the lingering stereotype of Cohen the Miserablist. []
  127. Leonard Cohen, The Patron Saint of Miss Dale’s Farm. Steve Sherry’s The Vagabonds of ’74: Leonard Cohen, The Patron Saint of Miss Dale’s Farm [Title] []
  128. Leonard Cohen: Partisan der Liebe by Christof Graf, VGS Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne, Germany, 1996: Leonard Cohen: Partisan der Liebe [Book Title] []
  129. 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 … []
  130. Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22, June/July 1993: Leonard’s the white Barry White, both too old to rock n’ roll and too young to die. []
  131. Still Miserable After All These Years, Cohen Goes Back On Tour by Jonathan Brown. The Independent, March 12, 2008: Leonard Cohen, the troubadour of melancholy whose career as a poet, writer and musician has spanned more than half a century, is to embark on a world tour. []
  132. Looking For Leonard (2002) by RickMcGinnis:  The Leonard in the title of Matt Bissonnette and Steven Clark’s Looking for Leonard is Leonard Cohen, patron saint of young people living in cities, waiting for something to happen. []
  133. Leonard Cohen – Titan Der Worte by Christof Graf, Edel Books, Germany, 2010: Leonard Cohen – Titan Der Worte [Book Title] []
  134. The dark poet puts on a rather apologetic pretty face
    by Daphne Carr, MOJO, February 2001: The dark poet puts on a rather apologetic pretty face [Title] []
  135. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002:  Left, the don of depression practices his moves, 1967. [Photo Caption] []
  136. 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] []
  137. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002: Brother Of Mercy [Title] []
  138. 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. []
  139. Waiting for Leonard – Part III by Caia Hagel. The Believer, Sept 26, 2013: I think I love and worship you Leonard, you are so totally Post Henry and June Evangelical Pimp of All Centuries. []
  140. Love’s Hard Man by Alan Franks. The Times Magazine, October 13, 2001:  Love’s Hard Man [Title] []
  141. 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. []
  142. The Ten Best Rock’n’roll Comebacks by John Hall. The Independent, June 30, 2009: Years of depression and stage fright meant that Leonard Cohen didn’t tour for over 15 years – all but ending his role as roving poet laureate of rock’n’roll. []
  143. Leonard Cohen – Cine-I Poetul De La Microfon. Viva: Leonard Cohen – Cine-I Poetul De La Microfon [Leonard Cohen - Who Is The Poet Of The Microphone] [Title] []
  144. 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. []
  145. 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. []
  146. 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. []
  147. The Prince of Prurience and Loss by John Leland.  GQ. November 2001: The Badass Of Dark Verse [Photo Caption] []
  148. Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by David Goggin, Music Smarts, July 10, 2010: After steeping ourselves in his music for many days and nights, can I tell you what a pleasure it was to lunch with this maestro of murky mirth? []
  149. Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse by Jeff Bateman. The Music Scene, No. 349,  November-December 1984: Canada’s Troubadour of Song & Verse [Title] []
  150. 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 … []
  151. Anarchist Without A Bomb, Der Spiegel, November 3, 1969: Anarchist Without A Bomb [Title] []
  152. 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 … []
  153. Solitude and Carnival by Von Gatterburg. Der Spiegel, November 17, 1997:  The chief apocalyptist will take pleasure in this edition. []
  154. Melancholy Hero by by Christoph Dallach. Der Spiegel, September 29, 2008: Melancholy Hero  [Title] []
  155. 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…. []
  156. Turks, Tours, and Triumph. Der Spiegel. May 31, 2007: Since the legendary bard from Montreal is among the reticent members of his guild, … []
  157. 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 []
  158. Saint Porn, Der Spiegel, July 13, 1979: Saint Porn [Title] []
  159. Godfather of Hipsterism – Leonard Cohen by Dallas Vietty. Website Of Dallas Vietty, October 23, 2007: Godfather of Hipsterism – Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  160. 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… []
  161. Growing Old Passionately by Alan Jackson. Observer, November 22, 1992: Non-devotees remain unfamiliar with Cohen the Sensualist. []
  162. Leonard Cohen: Out Of The Monastery And Back On The Road by Simon Worrall. The Independent, June 15 2008: And the former poet laureate of despair might even be singing with a smile on his face… []
  163. Leonard The Versifier by Sylvie Simmons. Mojo, April 1958: Leonard The Versifier [Title] []
  164. Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore. Spin, March 2002: He’s the Godfather Of Depressive Rock, an acclaimed poet and novelist, …[Photo Caption] []
  165. Leonard Cohen by Kristine McKenna. Another Room Magazine, Spring 1985: The F. Scott Fitzgerald of popular song, Cohen is a supremely elegant romantic existentialist. []
  166. 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] []
  167. 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. []
  168. 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 … []
  169. 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. []
  170. 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. []
  171. Desolation Angel by Al Walentis, Reading Eagle,  May 1, 1985: No one will ever confuse Cohen, the singular voice of terminal melancholia, with a movie idol like Kristofferson. []
  172. 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. []
  173. Leonard Cohen: The latest on the greatest by Judith Fitzgerald. The Globe and Mail, Nov 6, 2009: The maestro of munificent magnanimity will call it a wrap in Zagreb, Croatia … []
  174. 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. []
  175. Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen by Robert Christgau. The Beat Patrol, October 18, 2009: Unbeautiful Winner: Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  176. Waiting for Leonard – Part III by Caia Hagel. The Believer, Sept 26, 2013: Leonard, my Virgin-Pilgrim War Hero, I pledge allegiance to you. []
  177. 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]. []
  178. Cohen: New Spin from an Old Ceremony by I-Huei Go. New York Observer, April 16, 2001: For more than three decades, Leonard Cohen has been … our baritone-voiced scholar of heartache and cultural decay. []
  179. 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. []
  180. 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. []
  181. 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. []
  182. 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. []
  183. 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, … []
  184. 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. []
  185. The Essential Leonard Cohen. Readings: There is no doubt that Leonard Cohen is the undisputed king of popular music. []
  186. A Short Biography Of Leonard Cohen by Larry Sloman. The Future Tour Book, 1993: Songs From a Room (1969), his second album, and Songs of Love and Hate (1971 ) further reinforced Cohen’s standing as the master of mortification and the sentry of solitude. []
  187. A Short Biography Of Leonard Cohen by Larry Sloman. The Future Tour Book, 1993: Songs From a Room (1969), his second album, and Songs of Love and Hate (1971 ) further reinforced Cohen’s standing as the master of mortification and the sentry of solitude. []
  188. 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 []
  189. Old King Cohen by Indrajit Hazra, Hindustan Times, February 11, 2012: Old King Cohen [Title] []
  190. 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] []
  191. Cohen’s Demons Haunt Still by Steve Morse, Boston Globe, October 12, 2001: Bard of the depressed, maestro of the downbeat, and prophet of dark-alley dreams. These phrases jump to mind when thinking of Leonard Cohen … []
  192. Cohen’s Demons Haunt Still by Steve Morse, Boston Globe, October 12, 2001: Bard of the depressed, maestro of the downbeat, and prophet of dark-alley dreams. These phrases jump to mind when thinking of Leonard Cohen … []
  193. Cohen’s Demons Haunt Still by Steve Morse, Boston Globe, October 12, 2001: Bard of the depressed, maestro of the downbeat, and prophet of dark-alley dreams. These phrases jump to mind when thinking of Leonard Cohen … []
  194. 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 … []
  195. Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist  - Leonard Cohent by A.D. Amorosi. Blurt, January 30, 2012: Holy (Wholly) Existential Sensualist – Leonard Cohen [Title] []
  196. Leonard Cohen As Irreverent Master of Prayer by Shefa Siegel. Sojourners Magazine, March 2013: Leonard Cohen As Irreverent Master of Prayer [Title] []
  197. 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] []
  198. Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ by  Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014: The elegant aesthete discusses new LP Popular Tunes at the Canadian Embassy, []
  199. 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, … []
  200. Leonard Cohen – Gentleman Zen by Gilles Tordjman. Rolling Stone, French edition, September 2008: Leonard Cohen – Gentleman Zen [Title] []
  201. 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 … []
  202. Leonard Cohen, The Baleful Buddhist by Gerry Kopelow. The Dharma Centre of Winnipeg. Leonard Cohen, The Baleful Buddhist [Title] []
  203. 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 []
  204. Leonard Cohen: The Man with the Hat by James McShane. Aardvarkian Tales, September 12, 2012: Leonard Cohen: The Man with the Hat. [Title] []
  205. The high priest of minimalism by Simon Schama. The Guardian, 27 June 2008: The high priest of minimalism … From the start Leonard Cohen was out to surprise [Title] []
  206. 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 … []
  207. Rock Snob Encyclopedia – Leonard Cohen by Jonathan Valania. Philadelphia Weekly, June 13, 2001: Leonard Cohen: Patron Saint Of Life’s Beautiful Losers. []
  208. Viva Cohen, personal communication []
  209. 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] []
  210. 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. []
  211. 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. []
  212. `Song Of Leonard Cohen` Documents Musician`s Life by Lynn Van Matre. Chicago Tribune, March 9, 1989: This documentary on the life and music of the Canadian-born master of romantic angst was released … []
  213. Leonard Cohen, Pain Free by Sheldon Teitelbaum. Los Angeles Times: April 05, 1992: Cohen has in fact staked out a surprisingly resilient stronghold as what someone once called “the Ghost of ’60s Past,” brazenly haunting the periphery of pop. []
  214. 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] []
  215. 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] []
  216. 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. []
  217. 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.” []
  218. 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. ] []
  219. 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] []
  220. Ticketmaster Tries to Pull a Fast One on Canada/Leonard Cohen, Fails by Kat Gardiner. Tiny Mix Tapes:  Mar 3, 2009: Looks like the company is doing just that with tickets to see The Patron Saint of Canada Leonard Cohen. []
  221. 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. []
  222. 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. []
  223. 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. []
  224. Leonard Cohen, Professor Of Cool by Perri Pagonis. Athens News, August 1, 2008: Leonard Cohen, Professor Of Cool   [Title]. []
  225. Leonard Cohen – Hammersmith Odeon by Graham Lock. New Musical Express, Dec 12, 1979: … [Leonard Cohen is] a lot funnier than most people will credit. A stone-face Lenny Bruce; the Buster Keaton of despair. []
  226. Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe? by Adrian Deevoy. Q Magazine, Nov 1991: But that’s why he is Leonard Cohen, poet of romantic despair, and we are not. []
  227. At 71, Leonard Cohen Finds His Voice Anew by Richard Harrington. Washington Post, July 14, 2006: He appears in generous interview footage that inspires reconsideration of someone who has acquired sobering sobriquets over the decades: poet laureate of pessimism, godfather of gloom, agent of anguish, sentry of solitude, master of miserabilism, harbinger of the heart, so on and so forth. []
  228. Leonard Cohen: The poet laureate of popular music by Lauren Haas, AXS, May 24, 2014: Leonard Cohen: The poet laureate of popular music [Title] []
  229. CD  Reviews: Bard of liquid soul; Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather (Columbia)  by Andrew Cowen. The Birmingham Post, Nov 13, 2004: CD  Reviews: Bard of liquid soul; Leonard Cohen – Dear Heather [Title] []
  230. Leonard Cohen; He is the Man! by Rick Keene. The Rick Keene Music Scene,  July 25, 2012: Gladly the monk [Leonard Cohen] – the high priest of lyrical beauty, allows people blessed with more talent to display his songs in their golden cases … []
  231. Leonard Cohen: Prophet of Our Times by Saul Austerlitz. BeliefNet: Leonard Cohen: Prophet of Our Time [Title] []
  232. Better than Hallelujah? by Liel Leibovitz. Tablet, Dec 21, 2010: The list got me thinking about which one of the poet laureate of Jewish theology’s songs is most befitting for inclusion in a top 100 countdown. []
  233. Leonard Cohen As Irreverent Master of Prayer by Shefa Siegel. Sojourners Magazine, March 2013: It is a joke you know Cohen has cracked a hundred times, the kind that makes my brother call him the Jewish Dean Martin. []
  234. Leonard Cohen at BIC, Bournemouth by Stephen Dalton. The Times, Aug 28, 2013: This marathon two-act soiree by the Zen master of song proved a masterclass in grace, generosity … []
  235. Gig of the Week – Leonard Cohen at Royal Hospital Kilmainham by  Aisling O’Brien. Golden Plec: Sept 12, 2012: The maestro of misery’s concerts are never short of amazing … []
  236. The Return Of A Ladies’ Man by Judith Fitzgerald. The Globe And Mail, Sept 25, 2000: 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. / At 71, Leonard Cohen Finds His Voice Anew by Richard Harrington. Washington Post, July 14, 2006: He appears in generous interview footage that inspires reconsideration of someone who has acquired sobering sobriquets over the decades: poet laureate of pessimism, godfather of gloom, agent of anguish, sentry of solitude, master of miserabilism, harbinger of the heart, so on and so forth. []
  237. Autumn’s 10 Best Music Books by Kitty Empire, Michael Hann, Jude Rogers.  The Observer, Sept 2012: Leonard Cohen, the poet laureate of the blackened heart, was nearing retirement age when … []
  238. Leonard Cohen Est Vivant, Et Bien by Christophe Barbier; L’Express, July 8, 2009: Trois heures de show, pas un problème de voix ni de mémoire, un plaisir visible et un perfectionnisme affûté: le crooner des crooners, le croonerissime, a enthousiasmé la salle. [Three hours of show, not a problem of voice or memory, a pleasure and a visible sharp perfectionism: The crooner of crooners, the ultimate crooner, has excited the audience.] []
  239. Leonard Cohen, Pain Free by Sheldon Teitelbaum. Los Angeles Times: April 05, 1992: The troubadour trickster also hopes to complete his own new album sometime this spring. []
  240. Nice Cohen by Judith Fitzgerald. The Globe and Mail, Sept 25, 2000: What brings the grim grocer of grief — the guy often accused of writing songs many consider soundtracks to eat a gun by — joy? []
  241. The Leonard Cohen of World Lit – José Saramago, novelist by Sarah Kerr. Slate, Oct 18, 1998: Cohen has always been praised as the poet laureate of songsters. []
  242. El Regreso Del Dalai Cohen [The Return of the Dalai Cohen] by Juan Carlos Merino. La Vanguardia, July 5, 2001: El Regreso Del Dalai Cohen [Title] []
  243. Leonard Cohen Is Still Your Man, Still Touring by Michael Sarko. American Rock,  March 27, 2012: Promoting his latest LP Old Ideas, the poet laureate of dry wit and tattered romance is heading out on a European tour. []
  244. Review: ‘Leonard Cohen’  by Ethlie Ann Vare. Variety, July 14, 1993:  At 59, he [Leonard Cohen] has become the elder statesman of angst. The poet laureate of pain. Edith Piaf with chest hair. []
  245. Review: ‘Leonard Cohen’  by Ethlie Ann Vare. Variety, July 14, 1993:  At 59, he [Leonard Cohen] has become the elder statesman of angst. The poet laureate of pain. Edith Piaf with chest hair. []
  246. Review: ‘Leonard Cohen’  by Ethlie Ann Vare. Variety, July 14, 1993:  At 59, he [Leonard Cohen] has become the elder statesman of angst. The poet laureate of pain. Edith Piaf with chest hair. []
  247. Can You Hear My Song? by Shefa Siegel, Jewish Independent. September 13, 2013: Leonard Cohen – irreverent master of prayer. [Heading] []
  248. Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate by GurS. Sputnik Music: Oct 9, 2005: Cohen is undoubtedly the poet laureate of melancholia. []
  249. Canadian Idol by Claire Crighton. Maisonneuve Magazine, June 1, 2006:  Canada has venerated Cohen as its patron saint of all things soulful and romantic. []
  250. Interview: J.F. Robitaille by Michael Raine. Quip: June 18, 2012: His vivid lyricism, sparse acoustic instrumentation, and almost-spoken singing style has earned him constant comparisons to Montreal’s patron saint of songwriting, Leonard Cohen []
  251. Der Mann, Der Uns Alle Kennt by Helmut Schümann, Der Tagesspiegel, Oct 5, 2008: Stimme der Endzeit, Stimme der Liebe: Leonard Cohen gibt ein seligmachendes Konzert in der Berliner O2-Arena. [Voice of the End Times, Voice of Love: Leonard Cohen is a happy-making concert at Berlin's O2 Arena.] [Subtitle] []
  252. Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen meets Uncut by Brian D Johnson. Uncut, Dec 2009 (reprinted Nov 2012): Leonard Cohen may be the poet laureate of wine, women and song. But at 73, touring for the first time in 14 years, he now seems stoically devoted to song. []
  253. Cohen: New Spin from an Old Ceremony by I-Huei Go. New York Observer, April 16, 2001: For more than three decades, Leonard Cohen has been our great bard of late-night melancholy. []
  254. Barb Jungr – Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen by Alejandro De Luna. TSOD, March 23, 21014: Jungr pays her respects (again) to the septuagenarian genius from Minnesota, Bob Dylan, and Canada´s dark bohemian wise baritone, Leonard Cohen. []
  255. Leonard Cohen Live In London Review by Chris Jones. BBC, 2009: He … still looks and sounds like the thinking man’s Godfather of the boudoir. []
  256. What Happened When Phil Spector Met Leonard Cohen? By Harvey Kubernik. The Los Angeles Phonograph, January 1978: In a year of unlikely artist/producer combinations – Reddy/Fowler, Flack/Ezrin, Grand Funk/Zappa, etc. – this is perhaps the most unlikely: Phil Spector, demon genius of the rock-and-roll production number, producing Leonard Cohen, ascetic prophet of acoustic disaffectedness. []
  257. Leonard Cohen: Sacred Soul, Profane Flesh from Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music by  David A. Janssen, Edward J. Whitelock. Counterpoint Press, 2009: Cohen was well suited to become America’s musical prophet of the apocalypse. []
  258. Pop Music Review : Leonard Cohen: Mainly, A Man Of His Words by Robert Hilburn. Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1985: Leonard Cohen, a songwriter and poet who examines despair and guilt to achieve understanding and hope, is pop’s patron saint of those who consider themselves sensitive searchers. []
  259. Review: Leonard Cohen’s epic election-eve set at Nokia Theatre by Randall Roberts. Los Angeles Times, Nov 6, 2012: Even pushing fourscore years, Cohen remains king of seduction. []
  260. Who’s King of Pop Now? by Jesse Kornbluth. New York Times, Feb 11, 2012: And this codger is, however briefly, the King of Pop? []
  261. Der Lichtbringer by  Rüdiger Schaper. Der tagesspiegel, July 18, 2013: Der Lichtbringer [Title] []
  262. Leonard Cohen, Rock Star Monk by Geoff Wood. ABC: The Rhythm Divine, November 8, 2013: Leonard Cohen, Rock Star Monk [Title] []
  263. Our Poet Of The Apocalypse by Brian D. Johnson. Maclean’s, Oct 15, 2001: Our Poet of the Apocalypse: In the wake of September 11, Leonard Cohen reflects on love and death [Title] []
  264. Joe Dolce on Leonard Cohen: Jikan. Poet Laureate of Songwriters.  Red Wolf Press, Nov 2, 2013: Joe Dolce on Leonard Cohen: Jikan. Poet Laureate of Songwriters [Title] []
  265. Desolation Angel by Al Walentis. Reading Eagle,  May 1, 1985: Desolation Angel [Title] []
  266. No. I’ve Never Contemplated Suicide, Says Leonard Cohen by Peter Wilmoth. The Age, May 24, 1985: … Leonard Cohen, long known as the high priest of suicide rock []
  267. Leonard Cohen Scores In Paris by Tim Creery. Montreal Gazette, May 14, 1970: Leonard Cohen, Canada’s poet-singer of the lovable and the livable, had young Paris at his feet. []
  268. Plateanmeldelse: Leonard Cohen – «Popular Problems» by Morten Ståle Nilsen. VG, Sept 15, 2014: Det er en utsøkt glede å få følge ham, denne rockens Yoda, inn i solnedgangen. [It is an exquisite pleasure to follow him, this rock Yoda, into the sunset.] []