Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

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Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby gingermop » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:10 pm

Hello all

A news piece just came to my attention that I thought I’d share: Leonard will be in the 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

The record refers to him having the longest gap between top 10 UK albums. ‘Old Ideas’ peaked at number 2 in the chart recently, 40 years and eight months after his previous top ten entry with ‘Songs Of Love And Hate’.

I rather like that - it shows the fanbase has endured, as has Leonard himself…

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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby Vicomte » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:18 pm

Do you know, even though I feel I have known L.C almost from the beinning, I have to put my hands up and say that I never realised thst Songs of Love and Hate made it in to the top ten album chart.

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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby Mabeanie1 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:08 pm

I am proud to have done my bit to help both albums chart!

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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:30 pm

Me, too, Wendy... and thanks for this great news, gingermop! And the best, the very best part, is that Leonard is here to enjoy it all!
Kudos to Leonard and to Guinness Book of Records ~ you've got to recognize and celebrate greatness where you see it!
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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby lightasabreeze » Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:51 pm

I should think there are other reasons for him to be in the book as well.
Has anyone else completed such long tours at his age? That must be a record.
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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby cohenadmirer » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:43 pm

lightasabreeze wrote:I should think there are other reasons for him to be in the book as well.
Has anyone else completed such long tours at his age? That must be a record.
Possibly the oldest performer to be at number 2 with a new album of new songs?
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Brighton 1979; Dublin , Manchester june 2008; glasgow, manchester Nov 2008; Liverpool july 2009 ; Barcelona Sept 2009 ;marseille, lille september2010: Ghent August 2012;Barcelona October 2012;Montreal x2 November 2012: 2013; Saint John NB April 2013; Brussels June 2013;Manchester August 2013; Leeds , Birmingham September 2013; Amsterdam September 2013
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Re: Leonard in 2013 Guinness Book of Records

Postby ScottM » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:22 pm

gingermop wrote:Hello all

A news piece just came to my attention that I thought I’d share: Leonard will be in the 2013 edition of the Guinness Book of Records.

The record refers to him having the longest gap between top 10 UK albums. ‘Old Ideas’ peaked at number 2 in the chart recently, 40 years and eight months after his previous top ten entry with ‘Songs Of Love And Hate’.

I rather like that - it shows the fanbase has endured, as has Leonard himself…

G
A couple of weeks ago, on the Steve Wright BBC Radio 2 show, he mentioned that, amongst others, there was an entry for Leonard Cohen in the latest edition of the Guinness Book of Records. To my frustration he did not expand on the statement so thanks for clearing this up.

As for ‘Songs Of Love And Hate’ itself, I have a recollection of my father getting the album to go along with the first two records. He must have helped it get into the Top 10. As I was very young, at the time, I remember thinking that the cover looked a bit scary! Also, my mum was less than impressed with the word "hate" being on a record cover at all. Anyway, it didn't put me off coming back to Leonard's music, admittedly much later in life. The record itself is, probably, my favourite (well, this week anyway). And I am wearing the ‘Songs Of Love And Hate’ t-shirt as I compile this post. (Not quite so scary now!)
2008: Dublin/London (O2)-Jul 17/London (O2)-Nov 13/London (RAH)/Brighton
2009: Liverpool/Madrid/Barcelona
2010: Sligo x2/Lille/Las Vegas x2
2012: Ghent/Amsterdam/London x2/Dublin Sep 11&12/Paris Sep 28
2013: London (O2) Jun 21/Brighton/Manchester/Cardiff/Birmingham/Amsterdam

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