Great Job, Internet!: A rare 1974 interview with the late Leonard Cohen gets animated

Fans who find themselves keenly missing Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen may find some solace in the latest episode of PBS’ Digital Studios animated webseries Blank On Blank. “Leonard Cohen On Moonlight” brings new life to a largely forgotten interview Cohen granted in December of 1974 to the New York noncommercial station WBAI. Cohen was 40 then and only seven years into his recording career, but he’d already established a sizable cult following in North America and Europe, and his songs had been covered by the likes of Judy Collins and James Taylor. “I’m always pleased when somebody sings a song of mine,” Cohen says here. “In fact, I never get over that initial rush of happiness when someone says they’re going to sing a song of mine.” He singles Collins out for praise, but admits he is almost never completely satisfied by performances of his work, not …

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