Hear Erin Dickens On Learning About Authenticity – & Steak Frites – From Leonard Cohen As His Backup Singer

Leonard Cohen with backup singers Emily Bindiger (middle) and Erin Dickins (on reader’s right) in concert at Falkoner Teatret in Copenhagen on Sept 22, 1974.


Erin Dickins is best known to Leonard Cohen fans as Cohen’s backup singer, along with Emily Bindiger, during the 1974 and 1975 Tours. She was also a founding member of “The Manhattan Transfer” and worked with many other musical notables, including Bette Midler, James Taylor, The Talking Heads, and James Brown. She was interviewed for a Female Entrepreneur Musician podcast, and, unsurprisingly, she reports that working with Leonard Cohen was a major advance in her search from authenticity – and her introduction to steak frites.

While I found the entire interview (which took place February, 2015) interesting, the Leonard Cohen references occur at 18:45 (authenticity) and 29:55 (steak frites).

The interview can be heard and downloaded at FEM01 The Search for Authenticity – Finding Your Voice & Living Your Passion with Erin Dickins

Credit Due Department: Photo (c) by Herbert Scholz used with permission in Christof Graf’s books: Titan Der Worte and Zen & Poesie – The Cohenpedia Series – Vol. 1

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 Apr 4, 2015.

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