Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cohen circa June 1985

Back in 1985 I interviewed Leonard Cohen on the top floor of the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto. Cohen’s career as a singer-song writer was in a trough at that point and he was characteristically pragmatic about it all. Interestingly, at the end of our interview he placed a set of headphones over my ears and I was treated to a brand new song he’d just recorded. That song “Halleluiah” would go on to reignite Cohen’s career.

Even more interesting is what he had to say about poetry and the shift away from traditional lyric to language poetry.