“[Janis Joplin] stood for something beautiful & nervous & high … and yet she couldn’t have those things, she couldn’t manifest simple beautiful things in her own life” Leonard Cohen

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I think there are people that make their work beautiful in a way that they can never make their lives or their bodies beautiful. I mean I know Janis Joplin, you know, she was that classic pop star, as embodied by the rose in that movie, she really would sing to 20 or 30 thousand people who were drooling at her feet and you know, I’d see her wandering around the Chelsea Hotel at 3 in the morning trying to find you know somebody to have a cup of coffee with. So how do you reconcile those things? I don’t know. She stood for something beautiful and nervous and high, and surrendered completely, and yet she couldn’t have those things, she couldn’t manifest simple things, simple beautiful things in her own life, that’s really what I mean.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Photo of Janis Joplin by Columbia Records (Billboard page 5) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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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 Dec 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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