André De Bruyn interviewed Leonard Cohen after the concert in Brussels (Cirque Royal) on June 10th 1976. The text (in Dutch) appeared in Tliedboek in July 1976 and in 1978 (in Spanish) in “Leonard Cohen” by Alberto Manzano. The original interview is now being made available for the first time thanks to Francis Mus,
Cohen’s answers to the journalist’s questions are more straightforward than in many of his interviews during this period. Topics covered include personal vs political change, the futility of violent revolution, Jung’s political and philosophical views, and a blunt comparison of Russia and the United States that prefigures the notions embedded in Democracy, a song Cohen would release 16 years later. The Canadian singer-songwriter also elaborates on the meaning of freedom in Bird On The Wire. Especially noteworthy is his explanation that the significance of a song lies not in intellectual truth but in the truth of experience, using an embrace and taking a drag from a cigarette as examples of the latter.
http://cohencentric.com/2015/04/13/hear ... azis-jung/
Recollections from Leonard Cohen's pre-2008 tours, YouTube clips
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