Leonard Cohen’s Answer, On Being Asked If He Would Prefer Being Introduced As A “Poet, Songwriter, Novelist, Singer” (Hint: It’s None Of The Above)

Most of the things you do – poet, songwriter, novelist, singer – which do you prefer if you were going to be introduced as something?

 

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It’s hard to live by a name anyhow and whatever you created gets away from you anyhow and I’d just as soon be introduced as a vegetarian.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

Note: Leonard Cohen was a self-professed vegetarian for a few years in the 1960s. Information about this aspect of his life can be found at Was Leonard Cohen A Vegetarian?

The featured excerpt is from a CBC interview broadcast three weeks before his first album (Songs Of Leonard Cohen, released December 27, 1967). The photograph atop this post, taken by Bill Dampier, is credited to York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC26833.

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 March 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com.

2 thoughts on “Leonard Cohen’s Answer, On Being Asked If He Would Prefer Being Introduced As A “Poet, Songwriter, Novelist, Singer” (Hint: It’s None Of The Above)

  1. Allan,

    Do you know where this shot was taken? Though it is archived in Toronto at York U. it looks like it could be Montreal …

    Maybe Parc La Fontaine?

    Just curious.

    1. That is a photo of Leonard Cohen performing at the May 22, 1967 Queen’s Park Love-in held in the Yorkville section of Toronto.

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