Leonard Cohen Interprets Bob Dylan’s Comparison: “As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.”

After a while, he [Bob Dylan] told Cohen that a famous songwriter of the day had told him, “O.K., Bob, you’re Number 1, but I’m Number 2.”

 

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Then Dylan says to me, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.’ Meaning, as I understood it at the time — and I was not ready to dispute it — that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good.

 

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Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

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 Feb 22, 2017.

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