Introduction: I am republishing selected posts from Cohencentric (my former Leonard Cohen site) here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 15, 2013. Of the many contributors to Cohencentric, no one was more generous than Dominique Boile. Not only is Dominique the consummate Leonard Cohen archivist, providing multitudes of items from his vast collection, he has also supplied viewers with a plethora of his original photography, including rare and, sometimes, the only existent shots of an event. In addition, he has routinely been the first to alert readers to new Leonard Cohen books (including The Flame), official and unofficial CD/LP releases (e.g. The End of Love Radio Broadcast Zurich 1993), and exhibitions (such as the Claude Gassian Leonard Cohen Photo Exhibit). In the process, Dominique has become not only an invaluable source of Leonard Cohen material and artifacts but also a valued colleague and treasured friend.
Dominique BOILE took these photos of Leonard Cohen at Mr Cohen’s Paris hotel June 15, 2013 – three days before the Bercy concert which opened the 2013 European Tour. [Update: These photos proved incredibly popular, in part because little had been seen of Cohen since his preceding April 28, 2013 Regina show.] The Canadian singer-songwriter is seen signing Dominique’s books and hanging out with Dominique and Annie (Dominique’s wife).
Note: The ever dapper Mr Cohen is sporting, in fashionable Parisian surroundings, a polo shirt of the same sort that I routinely wear – and for which I receive significant grief.