Leonard Cohen Interview on Q (CBC)


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Another Leonard Cohen post, he’s  been fairly prevelant in Canadian media these past few weeks, no doubt, because his tour that began  in May of last year has returned to his country of origin. This is a very compelling and thoughtful 40 minute interview done Jian Gomeshi, on the popular program Q. Cohen muses on love and death, focusing especially on his own mortality during the segment. It’s focused on his musical career above else, but touches into his poetry and novels. Also, for film fans, they discuss briefly the use (or overuse) of Hallelujah in our culture today, even mentioning Watchmen. Though Cohen admits it’s one of  my favourite songs, and seems to love most covers, admits that perhaps people should take a break from it for a while.

Aside from recommending  Leonard Cohen’s work, even for non-Canadians, Q is a show to watch/listen to in general. Once again CBC proves to be a great alternative to the mindless drivel found on most TV/radio. Lots of great shows to check out.

5 responses to “Leonard Cohen Interview on Q (CBC)

  1. I love Q and its brilliant interviews. I used to be a Brian Linehan fan and I see a lot of resemblance the way Gian interviews the artists. Way to go Gian and long live CBC!!! CBC/Q is # 1

  2. Sorry! I meant to congratulate you on yet another brilliant interview with Mr. Cohen! It was pleasant, honest, humble and breath takingly fresh.

  3. Needless to say I was very disappointed that when they played ‘Tower of Song’ almost in its entirety, then faded down during the Hank Williams verse. They song was brought back up on the line “a thousand floors above me in then tower of song.” The average listener who had not heard the song before would not know who that referred to. This was pointless gratuitous insult to Hank Williams. During the 90’s Cohen said clearly he was not using “inverse modesty’ when he made that comment. He meant it. But the youngsgters at Q never heard of Hank and don’t want to deal with Cohen’s opinion, thus the name was cut.

  4. Hi, Gian.

    I have just watched your interview with L. Cohen and thought you were both very gracious and polite. I was, however, bemused by your seeming fixation on the theme of death, especially since Mr. Cohen seems to be living his life hellbent for leather these days. Perhaps you are worried that he might be tempted to keel over in the middle of one of his performances without having first recorded the definitive Q interview. Whatever your reasons, I am very glad that Mr. Cohen is more concerned with living life to the fullest than dwelling on Act IV (Alas, poor Yorrick). It seems to be what happens to us oldies – we tend to not sweat the shit we can’t control and just get on with the shit we can. There’s way too much to do!

    Don’t sweat it, Gian! There’s too much life to live.


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