The Guy Leonard Cohen Never Introduced – The Back Story
The Cohencentric post, The Guy Leonard Cohen Never Introduced, spotlighting the elderly gentleman (pictured above) who performs the unsung, unrecognized, and unappreciated task of schlepping Leonard Cohen’s guitar from place to place, triggered a barrage of responses from readers. In addition to the numerous offers from those willing to assume the guitar-lugging responsibilities for Mr Cohen at no cost to the Canadian crooner, several clues that something more was afoot than routine capitalistic abuse of hired underlings emerged.
Who Is This Guy With Leonard Cohen’s Guitar?
A number of correspondents focused on a supposed resemblance between Leonard Cohen and his guitar carrier, and, while it’s not immediately obvious, close inspection indeed demonstrates certain similarities in the appearances of the two men.
A review of photos by the Cohencentric investigative staff also reveals that this subaltern’s job description goes beyond simple guitar transport. For example, the photo atop this post, taken in 2010 by Mandy MacLeod in Las Vegas, documents that our subject’s duties include dragging Cohen’s baggage as well. And, the shot below shows that the guy signing autographs is also the guy with the guitar on his back.
Even more intriguingly, the same guy hauling the guitar and toting the luggage and signing autographs is the same guy shown below, apparently on a break from his duties, assuming the classic “Guys Watching Girls” pose, casually talking with Cohen consigliere, Robert Kory.
The Mystery Of The Other Leonard Cohen
It hardly requires Harry Bosch or Hercule Poirot to realize that Leonard Cohen’s reluctance to include his guitar valet in his thank-yous at his World Tour concerts had less to do with Leonard being oblivious to a latter day feudal serf than with his fear of calling attention to the multitude of duties, including meeting fans and working out strategies with his business manager, have been, in effect, outsourced to a proxy.
But, as future posts will show, this is just scratching the surface of the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for the Cohencentric expose of [cue dramatic organ music] The Other Leonard Cohen.
Credit Due Department: Except for photo taken by Mandy MacLeod (as indicated in the text), the shots in this post are from Gwen Langford’s Meeting Leonard Cohen Album.
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 Dec 21, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com.