“I love everything that Dylan does and I love to hear the old guys lay it out. Love and Theft produces tremendous energy.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, on being asked what he “thought of Love and Theft – Bob Dylan’s new album” in the Sony 2001 online chat. Thanks to Tom Sakic, who alerted me to this.

DrHGuy Note: Leonard used similar words to praise at least two other performers he admired:

  • George Jones: “I love to hear an old guy laying out his situation.”1
  • Alberta Hunter: “I love to hear an old singer lay it out.”2

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 15, 2017.


  1. Q&A: The New Leonard Cohen – by Mark Binelli. Rolling Stone. Posted Oct 19, 2001. []
  2. Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head? by Tim de Lisle. The Guardian: Sept 17, 2004 []

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