“I will always get a Joni Mitchell record when it comes out or I’ll always get a Van Morrison record when it comes out, or a Dylan record or I’ll always listen to a Lou Reed record, or Neil Young…” Leonard Cohen

GT: Do you keep contact with other songwriters from the 60s, is there any connection for example to Bob Dylan.

LC: I know Bob Dylan somewhat and sometimes we send each other regards and sometimes we bump into each other.

GT: You both live in Los Angeles.

LC: Yes, but he is on tour most of the time… No, I don’t see Dylan very often and I didn’t see very many people when I was living up on the mountain, but some of my friends are musicians and songwriters, like Jennifer Warnes. But I don’t really have a wide circle of friends that includes songwriters and singers, I don’t see that many people.

GT: Do you react to one another’s CDs when they come out?

LC: Yes, I will always get a Joni Mitchell record when it comes out or I’ll always get a Van Morrison record when it comes out, or a Dylan record or I’ll always listen to a Lou Reed record, or Neil Young and people from my own generation because I’m very interested in what they are saying.

GT: I just saw Neil Young. He was over here two weeks ago. It’s amazing, he is one of the people who is basically doing what he’s always been doing. He is doing it in an honest way and the same is true for Joni Mitchell.

LC: The last time I saw him was many years ago, we played a game of Monopoly. He was brilliant at Monopoly.

DrHGuy Note: OK, I never expected to write these words, but I wish I could have watched that Monopoly game. I always assumed that Neil Young’s trademark facial expression was caused by him concentrating on his music; now, I realize he was actually weighing the pros and cons of putting a hotel on Baltic Avenue.1

Excerpted from Gerrit Terstiege’s interview with Leonard Cohen (July 2001). Photo Of Leonard Cohen & Gerrit Terstiege by Henrik Drescher. Neil Young phhoto by Per Ole Hagen – Per Ole Hagen, CC BY-SA 1.0, Wikipedia Commons

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 Jan 27, 2018.
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  1. Update: I’ve learned that there is a Canadian version of Monopoly. Given both Mr Cohen’s and Mr Young’s proud self-identifications as Canadian, one must consider the possibility that they chose among a moose, a canoe, a hockey player, and a beaver tokens.

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