Leonard Cohen On Nico: “A beautiful German woman [who inspired Joan Of Arc]” Nico On Leonard Cohen: “He’s completely unnecessary”

In Rotterdam, Cohen told the audience that the song he would then sing [Joan Of Arc] was inspired by “a beautiful German woman who was also a singer.” When asked in an interview her opinion of Leonard Cohen, Nico replied, “He’s completely unnecessary.” … That German singer, was that Nico?

Leonard Cohen: Yes. Nico gives the most outrageous and interesting interviews of all. She’ll put Lou Reed down, she’ll put me down …

Interviewer: She seems to hate everyone.

Leonard Cohen: She did not hate me until I saved her life 2 to 3 weeks ago. I met her in London. You never know where you stand with her, because she is deaf. Her reactions are always fascinating, usually because she didn’t hear what you were saying. I have not taken a metaphysical view of my life. It was all very physical. I had to take her to the hospital.1


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Note: The hospitalization of Nico is not explained in the article.

Credit Due Department: Photo of Nico by Inn7516 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Thanks to Gordana Stupar, who alerted me to this article.

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 Sept 17, 2018.

  1. From Leonard Cohen – All culture is nail polish by Bert van de Kamp. OOR magazine No. 21, October 23, 1974 [via computer translation]. []

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