Leonard Cohen exchanges comments with Malka Marom, recites poems, and sings in this excerpt “Recorded From Early 1970’s CBC Radio Interview.” Ongoing readers may recall that Malka Marom published a book of her conversations with Joni Mitchell last year. Marom had originally planned to author a single book based on her interviews with Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. Instead, Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words was published first with a parallel volume on Leonard Cohen anticipated in 2015.
Update: The Malka Marom book about Leonard Cohen was indeed published but then withdrawn because of legal issues. A few issues are in the hands of buyers, but the book is – for now, at least – officially withdrawn.
This video turned up on YouTube yesterday. By the time I determined that it was a Marka Marom interview, I discovered that Gordana Stupar had already identified it in a post at LeonardCohenForum as a portion (the beginning and the end are missing) of a one hour CBC broadcast that had never been online before. As a bonus, Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner had added some pertinent excerpts from Marom’s website, the most enlightening of which follows:
Malka was commissioned to interview the great poet/troubadour Leonard Cohen by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Though Leonard Cohen agreed to participate the interviews he uttered not a word in reply to Malka’s questions. Then, while slipping his hand under her skirt, he explained: this is an honest true response… as are the poems… the rest is drivel.
Leonard Cohen 1970’s Radio Interview
Video from Riff Digger
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 Apr 5, 2015.