Leonard Cohen Performs Joan of Arc Featuring Sharon Robinson – Bonn 1980

[Joan of Arc] is just a song about the total gift of total giving and the total consummation of the spirit in that kind of experience. It takes in the whole shot to be man and woman.1


Leonard Cohen


More about the background of Leonard Cohen’s Joan Of Arc can be found at About Those Songs On Leonard Cohen’s Can’t Forget Album: Joan of Arc.

Other Leonard Cohen performances of Joan Of Arc featuring various backup singers, including Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes, Jennifer Warnes, Julie Christensen, Anjani Thomas, and Hattie Webb, are available at Joan of Arc – The Concert Performances.

Leonard Cohen – Joan Of Arc
Bonn: Nov 4, 1980


The 1980 Leonard Cohen Bonn Concert Recording

As far as I can determine, no recording of the Nov 4, 1980 Leonard Cohen concert at the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Germany has been available online – until now. A tape of one hour of the show has emerged, thanks to the generosity of a friend from Bonn, who recorded this song and 11 others with the permission of Leonard Cohen and his sound engineer. (The other songs from this concert have been posted or will be posted soon; all recordings from this show are collected at .)

The supporting musicians for the 1980 Tour follow:

  • Sharon Robinson – vocals
  • Roscoe Beck – bass guitar
  • John Bilezikjian – oud, mandolin
  • Bill Ginn – keyboards
  • Raffi Hakopian – violin
  • Steve Meador – drums
  • Paul Ostermayer – wind
  • Mitch Watkins – electric guitar

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson by Pete Purnell.


  1. Cohen Regrets by Alastair Pirrie. Beat Patrol: December 30, 2008. Originally written for the New Musical Express: March 10, 1973. []

4 thoughts on “Leonard Cohen Performs Joan of Arc Featuring Sharon Robinson – Bonn 1980

  1. Great stuff, Allan. Please keep them coming.
    However, at 3:36 did I hear “guest” instead of “dress”?
    As in “and high above all these wedding guests, why he hung the ashes of her lovely wedding GUEST”.
    Could be my hearing deteriorating in my old age!


    1. OMG. You are absolutely correct. How embarrassing that I missed it, given my love of pointing out Leonard’s errors, regardless of how minor. (On the other hand, your hearing could certainly be deteriorating in your old age.)

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