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Friday, August 17, 2012

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen"

That's the title of doc from Canada in 1965 about my man Leonard that's just gone up at free streaming Netlflix.  However, it's also on YouTube in full, at 44 minutes, see below.  The film  covers his life as a poet (considered by many as Canada's greatest at the time) and novelist before he turned to music.  Forget the blather about the "poetry" of rock lyrics.  Hardly anyone else (Patti Smith comes to find) was a well-regarded actual poet before coming to rock or pop and becoming great at that, too.  Fun fact: Leonard was in Havana as a tourist, seeking danger, at the time of the Bay of Pigs.

I never got to interview him but saw him at close range at a press party in the mid-1970s at the Plaza in NYC.  I've never seen one man who could draw so many beautfiul women around him like that.  And was still great in concert three years ago.


2 comments:

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J. said...

It seems to freeze about 5:30 from the end. Which sucks, because it was really great up to then.