In searching for a reference to Leonard Cohen’s shaving fetish, I happened onto a (justifiably) laudatory review of Sylvie Simmons’ biography of the Canadian singer-songwriter Another Cohen bio? Hallelujah! by Marshall P. Duke (Paste: September 11, 2012), which includes the following passage [highlighting mine]:
Leonard Cohen, we learn in I’m Your Man, loves to shave. We are hard-pressed to think of any photo of Cohen with beard, moustache or stubble, despite his career’s long arc, through decades where facial statements came and went. Why does he love to shave? Simple – he was a good son who listened to his mother.
While I certainly have no qualms about the article’s endorsement of “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen,” I am, however, compelled — as a service to humanity — to correct the misconception that Mr Cohen has always been clean-shaven. Toward that end, Cohencentric offers a non-exhaustive photo survey of the varieties of facial foliage that have graced the countenance of the poet-novelist-songwriter-icon.
Update: If the folks from Paste visited Montreal in the past year or so, they may have noticed this 1,000 square meter blowup of Lorca Cohen’s photograph of her father.
Credit Due Department: Still photo atop this post by Lian Lunson from her film Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man. Photo of Leonard Cohen at computer by Lorca Cohen. Photo of Leonard Cohen with hat over chest by Anjani Thomas. Mural photo by Thomas1313 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia 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 June 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric; some elements have been updated.