My house [in Hydra] looked beautiful, and it looks exactly the same as it always did. It doesn’t have a great view. It’s a big house full of little rooms. Rooms about half the size of this kitchen. And just with old tables and chairs that people gave me, most things in that house were given to me by people who were moving up and could afford a better table, like the Johnsons, gave me the kitchen table because they made a little money and they bought a better table. And that’s what we would do for the new generations coming in. At first all my pots and pans were second generation, you know, and then you made a little money and you could buy your own pot and pan and you’d give your pot and pan to the next kid who was moving in. At that stage when I was living with Marianne, we didn’t have any money… Well, Axel had made a little money, so there were some things from his house that found their way into my house.1
Great photos of the interior of Leonard Cohen’s home on Hydra can be found at
- Photos From The Room (And The House) by Rauli Arjatsalo and More Photos From The Room (And The House) by Rauli Arjatsalo, Eija Arjatsalo, and Jarkko Arjatsalo. More than a dozen shots, including bedroom, kitchen, and terrace.
- DLux Images: Several high quality photos of rooms and furniture.
- Beautiful people, beautiful homes (Happy Turtle: July 31, 2008) From Vogue (Greek Edition: Aug 2008): Photos of interior and Suzanne Elrod, then in solo residence.
- Το νησί που αγάπησε με πάθος! (Ethnos: July 31, 2011): An article about Leonard Cohen’s passion for Hydra (in Greek but readable in English via Google Translate) and a dozen photos of the home. Update: No longer online.
The video promotions for Adam Cohen’s “We Go Home” and “Like A Man” albums each offer images of his father’s homes in Montreal and on Hydra.
Adam Cohen – We Go Home Promotional Video
Adam Cohen – Like A Man Promotional Video
Credit Due Department: Photo of exterior of Leonard Cohen’s Hydra home by Mel Joss. Photo of kitchen by Rauli Arjatsalo of The Leonard Cohen Files.
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted June 14, 2015.
- From Leonard Looks Back On The Past, an interview with Leonard Cohen by Kari Hesthamar, Los Angeles, 2005 (Unedited interview for the Norwegian Radio). Found at LeonardCohenFiles. [↩]