The songwriter of Hallelujah, in earlier days

Whatever you may think of Leonard Cohen’s work, I think you’ll agree that this interview with young Adrienne Clarkson (much later our Governor General!) stands up quite well. Toronto, 1965.

The painter he refers to as “Town” would be Harold Town who was enjoying stardom at the time. I find that interesting because the two men share similarities as artists. They had a knack for plucking bits and pieces from academic culture and popularizing them with romantic flair.

There are more videos of the young Cohen aggregated on Open Culture, if you’d like to see serious young ladies under the poet’s spell.

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