How The Beatles Changed The World
“How The Beatles Changed The World,” a 30-minute CBC Radio documentary from Peter Gzowski, first aired in May 1967. Leonard Cohen is given “the final word” on the program and spends those two to three minutes praising the Fab Four’s role as musicians and poets.
Leonard Cohen and The Beatles: May 1967
By May 1967, Leonard Cohen had published three volumes of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956), The Spice-Box of Earth (1961), Flowers for Hitler 1964), and Parasites of Heaven (1966) and two novels, The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). While he was involved in the New York based folk movement in 1967, his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, was not published until December 1967, several months after the documentary aired.
The Beatles had been worldwide stars since 1963 and had become the dominant force in pop music since their 1964 trip to the US. When “How The Beatles Changed The World” was originally broadcast, The Beatles had released seven studio albums, including A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Rubber Soul, and Revolver.1
The song to which Cohen refers in his commentary (“… the last song on the last album … ‘It is not dying.'”) is, of course, “Tomorrow Never Knows” from the Revolver album, an intriguing choice that will be discussed further in an upcoming Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox post
Leonard Cohen – The Final Word
Credit Due Department: Adrian du Plessis, Allison Crowe’s Personable Manager, Leonard Cohen fan, Canadian citizen, and all around nice guy, alerted me to this recording.
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 Aug 23, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com.
- A compilation album issued only in the US and Canada, Yesterday and Today, was released in June 1966. [↩]