Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Country Music & “Bearded Gentlemen” In His Family “Rolling Their R’s” – 1985 RTÉ Interview

Leonard Cohen talks to Ken Stewart about his roots in this 8 April 1985 RTÉ Radio interview, which was posted online as part of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 80th birthday celebration. Happily, it remains available (as of time of posting). RTE describes the interview:

He recalls the bearded gentlemen of his family and his early love of country music. He was always writing songs, poetry and novels, but says he didn’t think of recording until his early 30s and is drawn to economical expression.

This recording can be accessed at

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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 September 22, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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