Tuesday, June 5, 2012

No One Knows Candles Like Leonard Cohen

Asked to tell a New York anecdote, Cohen shared this one about the Chelsea Hotel, where he stayed in the ’60s and 70′s and composed the famous “Chelsea Hotel N°2″ (1974), an homage to Janis Joplin. Cohen’s room was near Andy Wahrol’s muse, Edie Sedwick’s. “She was extremely beautiful, all the beautiful people were in her room, and I was obviously not part of them. There was this store on 7th Avenue selling love powders and magic products. I was so desperate that I started to believe in these products. I bought a book about candles. At a certain point, I was invited into Edie’s room. It was filled with a glittering crowd and candles everywhere. I had no credentials and nothing to say other than: “This display of candles is extremely dangerous” like I was some expert in candles. Needless to say, I didn’t stay long. Her room burned down the next day and my prestige soared”.

Leonard Cohen speaking at a press conference in New York as reported in ”Leonard Cohen, ‘Old Ideas’ from an old soul” by Marie-Joelle Parent, MJNY blog, January 21, 2012.

(Source: blogs.canoe.ca)

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