For practically his entire career, over fifty years, Leonard Cohen has been a much sought-after guest on CBC, both radio and television. He's recited his poetry and performed his songs in front of many  a CBC microphone - French and English. Happy (and often a little nervous) interviewers have asked him every conceivable question.  And Cohen did his best to answer them. Even when he didn't really want to. (Or have to...)

Last week, we played  the first episode in a new documentary that mines hundreds of CBC interviews -some only a year or two old, so hardly dusty- from the archives of CBC Radio and television.

"Magic is Alive" took us from Leonard Cohens first appearance on the Montreal scene in the 50's up to the release of the first albums - "Songs of Leonard Cohen" and "Songs from a Room" in the late 60's.  

Part two is called: "Waiting for the Miracle, (click through the link to listen) and takes us close to the present, exploring how Leonard Cohen's songs evolve into ever-deeper spiritual explorations.

Wait for his story of the perils of working with legendary producer Phil Spector ("He put his arm around my shoulder and shoved the nozzle of the .45 into my neck, cocked it and said 'I love you Leonard.'")

Yikes Phil. Did I tell you how much I like “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling?"

http://music.cbc.ca/play/Inside-the-Music/Leonard-Cohen-Various-PositionsPart-2Listen to Inside the Music by clicking the play button and via Radio   on Sunday 3 p.m. (3:30 NT) and Radio One on Sunday  at  9   p.m. (9:30 NT)

 

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posted by Carole Warren on Jan 11, 2013