New releases
Gigs in your city



If you want to change your current location:

You Want It Darker
Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour
Live In Dublin
Popular Problems
Old Ideas
Songs from the Road (Live)
Live In London
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Night Magic
Dear Heather
Ten New Songs
Field Commander Cohen
Cohen Live
The Future
More Best of Leonard Cohen
I'm Your Man
Various Positions
Recent Songs
Death of a Ladies' Man
The Best of Leonard Cohen
New Skin for the Old Ceremony
The Complete Studio Albums Collection
Live Songs (Remastered)
Songs of Love and Hate
Live At the Isle of Wight 1970
Songs from a Room
Songs of Leonard Cohen

The Essential Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen Apr 24, 2019
We discovered this truly remarkable gem of an interview from 1966, fortunately preserved by the CBC. At 32, Leonard addresses the same profound issues that emerge again and again in his songs and poetry throughout his life.
Leonard Cohen Apr 22, 2019
The soulful eyes of Leonard captured by Monic Richard, 2004.
Leonard Cohen Apr 19, 2019
On this day in 1972 Leonard performed at the Sports Hall in Tel Aviv. He treated the audience to a couple of improvisational songs which are just as delightful today.
Leonard Cohen Apr 17, 2019
Ten years ago Leonard took to the stage at the outdoor festival of music known as Coachella. Spinner, the Los Angeles Times, NME, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, and Spin magazine all raved about his performance. Paste Magazine wrote: "In what soon coalesced into the finest performance of the day, legendary singer Leonard Cohen began his marathon set with "Dance Me to the End of Love," a track filled with layered, cascading waves of lovely background vocals and gypsy folk, his weathered baritone providing a solemn soundtrack as the sun-bloodied sky behind him dramatically slipped into a darkness... By the time his age-ravaged voice led all through a floodlit singalong of the cold and broken "Hallelujah," Cohen had single-handedly guided his audience through what may have been the most emotionally cathartic performance of the entire weekend." Listen to Leonard and his band perform "Hallelujah" at Coachella from Songs from the Road.
Leonard Cohen Apr 13, 2019
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything opens today at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. The exhibition (which features new contemporary works by 12 artists and 18 musicians inspired by Leonard from 10 countries) offers a deep and rich exploration of Leonard's style and the recurring themes in his work through the lens of contemporary art. Originally premiering at Montreal's Musée d’art contemporain in 2017, Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, is open through September 8. The New York Times writes about the exhibition: "Taken together, the layered work on display in "A Crack in Everything" has a lot to offer on Cohen, but even more to say about how we respond to music, bring it into our lives, and use it as both a balm and an agent for transformation." AM New York simply concludes: " unusual and deeply moving experience." Here are some links to reviews and interviews about the exhibition: The New York Times article: WNYC interview with Ruth Beesch, the senior deputy director of programs and strategic initiatives at The Jewish Museum, John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator at MAC, and George Fok, a participating artist whose work is the largest in the exhibition and features an immersive multi-channel video installation, on “All of it with Alison Stewart”: WNYC review: AM New York review: Pitchfork review: Billboard review and interview with John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator at MAC: Brooklyn Vegan article: Hadassah Magazine article: Concordia University article and interview with John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator at MAC: Zeit Online (German) article: Ems Vecht Surfer (German) article: Plásticos y Decibelios (Spain) article: Bet Magazine Mosaico (Italy) article: New York Latin Culture Magazine article: Arts Summary article: Vogue article:
Leonard Cohen Apr 10, 2019
On April 8, 1958, Leonard debuted his poetry at Dunn's Jazz Parlour in Montreal. Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, describes the night: "Perched on a stool in the middle of the stage, flanked on one side by Maury Kay on piano,... Leonard Cohen, 23, gave his first professional performance. "...'I was invited to read, but I never really enjoyed them. The idea -- the influence of the universities -- was to read with a slightly English inflection, which was meant to dignify the poem. But I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group. It felt a lot easier. And I liked the environment better. You could drink.'" Leonard recited The Gift (which would later appear in The Spice-Box of Earth) and introduced the poem by telling the audience that it was "written for a girl for whom I had given too many poems and she asked me to refrain. So I wrote her this poem." This audio recording transports you back to that night.
Leonard Cohen Apr 07, 2019
Fifty years ago today Columbia Records released Leonard's Songs from a Room. The album was produced by Bob Johnston, who previously worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Simon and Garfunkel. Leonard insisted on giving Johnston his due. "He created a hospitable atmosphere in the studio," Cohen notes. "He is a very forceful and very hospitable man... He found very good musicians... I mean, you were being accompanied by Charlie Daniels and other great players. He knew the scene very, very well." Although the record has been called emotionally claustrophobic and austere, here is Leonard on the cover of the single from the album looking quite amused. Songs from a Room is available in all formats here:
Leonard Cohen Apr 05, 2019
April 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Leonard's Songs from a Room. Back in 1969 Columbia Records produced this poetic promo to get the word out. Songs from a Room is available in all formats here:
Leonard Cohen Apr 02, 2019
Forty-six years ago this week, Leonard's Live Songs hit the store shelves. Some critics were not impressed. One wrote: "Oh Lenny. What ails you? Sing a sad song, maybe, but this is just too low to be believed. I think we guessed a while back that you lost your appetite for music and it was all a silly accident that you became a Rock-n-Roll star... Now the record company says you must write more tunes. More love songs and songs of despair. But this will probably be your last album..." We think not. Enjoy Leonard's epic improvisation of "Please Don't Pass Me By."
Leonard Cohen Mar 30, 2019
Live in London captures Leonard's concert at the O2 Dome in London on July 17, 2008 and represents his first arena performance. Prior to the show, management and crew worried whether the concert, designed for a 3,000-seat theatre, would work in the cavernous 20,000-seat indoor arena. Roscoe Beck, the musical director, admitted that walking onto the stage both Leonard and the band were nervous. Then, just before the second song, Leonard told the audience, "It's wonderful to be gathered here, on just the other side of intimacy." The audience roared with approval, the ice was broken and for the rest of the show, Leonard held the entire crowd spellbound. Critics, too, had their doubts about whether Leonard could conquer one of Europe's largest indoor venues. Their reviews prove there was nothing to worry about. "Cohen is possessed of a rare and remarkable ability to make colossal venues...shrink to about the size of a police-box — or, more appropriately, a suburban boudoir... [He] makes the act of singing for thousands seem like pillow-talk for one's ears alone." - The Independent (UK) "Even though Lenny sings to 20,000 people about love and death, the arena is doused in shadow and intimacy - it could be a tiny bar in Paris, New York or even Buenos Aires back in the Sixties." - New Statesman "Venues like the O2 might often be the most dispiriting of places, cattle sheds stinking of chips and cheap cologne. But tonight raises the possibility that when enormodome experiences go awry, you ought blame the preacher, not the church, for a man with the gravitas and humble, simple power of Cohen captures souls with ease." - The Quietus Watch the full concert, as Leonard captivates the audience : Live in London is available in all formats here:
Leonard Cohen Mar 27, 2019
This week marks the ten year anniversary of the release of Live in London. In 2008 Leonard embarked on his first tour in 15 years. Fans and critics alike hailed the show as a once in a lifetime experience.The 29 dates originally scheduled sold out immediately. By the end of that year, the tour had reached 84 markets worldwide. Live In London fully captured and recreated the extraordinary show from that early period of the tour. Recorded live on July 17, 2008 at London's 02 Arena, one of Europe's largest indoor venues with 18,000 in attendance, the concert marked Leonard's first large arena show. Live In London earned Cohen critical acclaim and more than 80 five-star reviews for his performances. Check out this video promoting the record and DVD. Live in London is available in all formats here:
Leonard Cohen Mar 24, 2019
A photo by Gus Stewart of Leonard performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 1972, forty-seven years ago this week.
Leonard Cohen Mar 23, 2019
Though Songs of Love and Hate was released nearly 50 years ago, the songs remain relevant and alive. Here is Leonard from his last world tour performing "Avalanche" in Zurich in 2013.
Leonard Cohen Mar 21, 2019
Continuing our celebration of Songs of Love and Hate, Jennifer Warnes performs Leonard's "Joan of Arc" in Antwerp at The Night of the Proms in 1992.
Leonard Cohen Mar 17, 2019
Continuing our celebration of the release of Songs of Love and Hate, "Diamonds in the Mine" is often labeled an anti-war song, but as with most Cohen songs, it is so much more.
Leonard Cohen Mar 15, 2019
CBS Records released Leonard's third album, Songs of Love and Hate, forty-eight years ago this month. Here's a promo for the record from 1971.
Leonard Cohen Mar 13, 2019
Eleven years ago this month, Leonard was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Relive the celebration including Lou Reed's induction speech, a short documentary on Leonard's career, a vocal tribute by Damien Rice and Leonard's acceptance speech.
Leonard Cohen Mar 11, 2019
BBC Radio 1 conducted an interview with Leonard in 1994 and it proved to be most entertaining. Besides discussing songwriting, Leonard shared some of the stories behind his most famous songs. Jennifer Warnes and Suzanne Vega added delightful commentary and observations.
Leonard Cohen Mar 08, 2019
Jean-Pierre Leloir captured a dashing and coiffed Leonard at work in 1979.
Leonard Cohen Mar 07, 2019
Folk Alliance International awarded its Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award to Leonard, as a memorial recipient, at their 2019 Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal last month. The award honours the cultural impact of legendary folk music figures. To commemorate Leonard, the Alliance prepared this perceptive and poignant short-documentary. Visit to access the full archive of short documentary films featuring past honorees.
Leonard Cohen Mar 01, 2019
The only thing better than reading Leonard's poetry is having Leonard read it to us. From his first book Let Us Compare Mythologies published when Leonard was only 22, this is "Beside the Shepherd."
Leonard Cohen Feb 27, 2019
Here is the title song from the 1979 live album Field Commander Cohen. Leonard's archives are full of great performances waiting to be uncovered.
Leonard Cohen Feb 22, 2019
This week marks the 18th anniversary of the release of Leonard's live album Field Commander Cohen. The album commemorates Leonard's concerts in December 1979 in London and Brighton. We all know Leonard's rigorous songwriting process often involves writing many verses and discarding all but the best. Here's an alternative verse for the song "Field Commander Cohen" from Leonard's notebook pages.
Leonard Cohen Feb 19, 2019
Ten years ago tonight, Leonard brought his world tour to the US at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Over 200 members of the press attended and reacted much like Andy Greene of Rolling Stone, calling it one of the most magical concerts he'd ever seen. The positive press lead to the historic 2009 North American tour that included two sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Leonard's first sold out appearance at Madison Square Garden. Enjoy Leonard performing "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" from that night.
Leonard Cohen Feb 15, 2019
Julie Felix's friendship with Leonard began on Hydra in the early 1960's. Five years later, Leonard delivered his first UK performance on her entertainment show on the BBC. They remained in contact throughout their lives. Here is Leonard performing "The Stranger Song" on "Once More with Felix."