“It’s The Courage And The Balls” Leonard Cohen On Women Coming Into Their Own In Rock Music

Your songs are known for exploring the dynamics between men and women. Do you have any observations on women’s growing presence in rock music?


Back in 1967, I couldn’t wait for the women to take over. I felt there was this tremendous power and energy and intention just under the surface. Since then, I’ve seen a lot of women I know come into their own through a tremendous amount of effort. I have a lot of admiration for anyone who just stands up and does it. The content of the material doesn’t concern me; it’s the fact of the performance – it’s the courage and the balls.


Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997).

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 Jan 2, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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