Video: Leonard Cohen Talks About Book Of Longing, Buddhism, Critics, Going On Tour, & More With Philip Glass – London 2007

Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass met for a conversation with John L Walters and to answer questions from the audience prior to the UK premiere of The Book of Longing, the Song Cycle based on the poetry and artwork of Leonard Cohen with music by Philip Glass.

While much of the program dwelt on the Book Of Longing production, several other items were featured, including Leonard’s recitation of A Thousand Kisses Deep, his retelling of a critic’s characterization of him as a “boring old drone,” Leonard’s account of his first interview with Roshi, and the announcement of the 2008 Leonard Cohen Tour. The entire discussion is studded with Leonard’s humor.

Note: The video is divided into five parts (total time: 34 minutes). All five parts will play in order automatically. Also, be aware that because of some audio reverb following the dialogue requires some effort at points.

Leonard Cohen & Philip Glass
Barbican Hall, London: October 20, 2007
Video by videodharma

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Aug 24, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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