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One by one the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The open-hearted many
The broken-hearted few

And those who dance begin to dance
And those who weep begin
Welcome, welcome, cries a voice
Let all my guests come in

From "The Guests"
by Leonard Cohen

Welcome to The Leonard Cohen Files - a tribute to the music and poetry of the Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist Leonard Cohen.

This website was launched in September 1995. The site is hosted by Jarkko Arjatsalo in Finland. The webmaster appreciates the continuous help and support provided by Leonard Cohen and his management

Our Leonard Cohen Forum at www.leonardcohenforum.com is the meeting point for our members and all other Leonard Cohen fans. So far, there are more than 300,000 messages posted by over 27n,000 members. Thanks to the very effective worldwide network, The Forum is often the first to announce the news related to Leonard!

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1934 - NOVEMBER 7, 2016

It is with great sadness that we must report Leonard passed away on Monday, November 7. As was his wish, he was buried in a quiet and private ceremony in Montreal. Leonard is home again.

We extend our condolences to Adam and Lorca, Leonard's family and his friends.

We believe Leonard's music and poetry will continue to flourish long after his passing. It has been a privilege to have a small part in "keeping his work alive," as he would say. We intend to keep the flame alive and hope your love of his work will continue to be expressed on our Forum. Please feel free to extend your condolences in this thread and they will be passed along to Leonard's children at a later date.

Thank you for every moment, Leonard.

Jarkko, Eija, Rauli, Jenni and Aurora

Leonard Cohen's new studio album has been released on October 21, 2016:

More about the album on this site with the complete lyrics!

Interview with Leonard at the album launch event here

Go to our Leonard Cohen Forum for more details!
Interviews and reviews here

The title track "You Want It Darker"
on YouTube, Spotify and other digital services!

Download, save and print the Darker poster from here (11 MB pdf file)

  • LC: The Modern Troubadour - article by Jiří Měsíc (Mar 24)
  • LC, The Priest of a Catacomb Religion - article by Jiří Měsíc (Mar 24)
  • Tangle of Matter & Ghost - LC's Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticisms(s) Jewish & Beyond, new book by Aubrey Glazer (Mar 13)
  • Russian counterfeits - Unauthorized CD compilations updated (Mar 12)
  • Smudging the Air - Teresa Quayle's book about the lyrics of Leonard Cohen reviewed by Doron B. Cohen (Mar 5)
  • Leonard on the cover - The Magazine Gallery has been updated - contributions requested (Mar 2)
  • Leonard Cohen Stamps - two sets of stamps issued in Guinea-Bissau (Feb 22)
  • Boogie Street - new Polish tribute by Renata Przemyk (Feb 9)
  • Darker Promo Items - Poster, post cards, lyrics booklet, T shirts... (Jan 20)
  • Smudging the Air: The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen - a new book by Teresa Quayle (Jan 16)
  • New Books 2014-2017 - recent books about Leonard Cohen (Jan 15)
  • La Historia de Leonard & Marianne - a new Spanish book by Alberto Manzano (Jan 15)
  • The Guitar Behind Dylan & Cohen - bew book by Ron Cornelius (Jan 15)
  • LC - Liv og Karriere - Norwegian book by Håvard Rem (Jan 15)
  • Memories - unauthorized interview compilation (Jan 14)
  • Bootlegs of concerts in 70's - 80's - 90's - new millenium updated (Jan 10)
  • The Darker poster - Download and print the promotional poster (11 MB pdf file) (Jan 3)
  • Amsterdam Dia Show - Event report by Wijbe and Willy (Jan 3)
  • Robert Kory - Remarks at Leonard Cohen's Memorial (Dec 21)
  • Leonard Cohen Has Passed Away News and condolences in this thread
  • I Famosi Impermeabili Blu - New Italian book by Massimo Cotto (Nov 20)
  • Once More for Marianne - new bootleg from Montreux 1976 (Nov 19)
  • Interview with Leonard - transcription of the album launch event (Oct 27)
  • You Want It Darker - Complete lyrics of the new studio album. (Oct 20)
  • You Want It Darker - Press Release by Sony Music, pdf (Sept 21)
  • Hydra 2017 - Invitation to our next meetup in June 2017 (Sept 10)
  • The Leonard Cohen Event, Budapest 2018 - Invitation to our next Event (Aug 28)
  • Last Year's Man - Analysis by Chris Wilde (Aug 27)
  • Happens to the Heart - New poem by Leonard Cohen (Aug 25)
  • The Prayers of Leonard Cohen: If It Be Your Will - analysis by Doron Cohen (Aug 20)
  • The Amsterdam Event Booklet - the whole booklet (pdf, 64 pages, 39 MB) (Aug 20)
  • Still Working For Your Smile - tribute album by Gerard George Kettel (Jul 13)
  • Father's Day - An old (late 1970's) photo from Leonard's family album (Jun 19)
  • Sharon and Avalanche Quartet at our Event in Amsterdam! - Read the Event Update! (Jun 18)
  • The Music of Leonard Cohen - a new book by Chris Wade (Jun 17)
  • Les Révolutions de Leonard Cohen - a new book by Chantal Ringuet, Canada (Jun 6)
  • Léonard Cohen. Le chant d'une vie - Harry Rasky's book now in French (Mar 27)
  • Austin City Limits 1988 - The concert has been bootlegged (Mar 23)
  • Leonard Cohen find me, I'm almost thirty - essay by Amit Ranjan (Mar 14)
  • Den 3dje Leonard Cohen på svenska - Janerik Lundqvist's new tribute album (Jan 30)
  • The Mind of a Poet - A new DVD plus The Complete Reviews re-released in "Triumvirate" (3 DVD box) (Jan 26)
  • Opania Cohen Nohavica - Another new Polish tribute album (Nov 23)
  • Tańcz mnie po miłości kres - New tribute album by Krzysztof Krawczyk (Nov 21)
  • Covers Covers Covers - A major update to our list of LC covers - now 3069 songs by various artists (Nov 13)
  • Anonymous Choir Sings Leonard Cohen - new tribute vinyl from Minnesota (Nov 1)
  • Thomas Merton and Leonard Cohen: Soul-Brothers and Spiritual Guides - by Donald Grayston (Oct 31)
  • Pasterz Shepherd Berger - Beata Woloszyn's intimate tribute book! (Oct 31)
  • Dobre Piosenki: LC Zaspiewany - a new tribute album in Poland (Sept 22)
  • The Files 20 Years - Results of our Logo Competition (Sept 3)
  • Leonard Cohen Tulkingar - tribute CD by Niels Midjord from Faroe Islands (Aug 31)
  • The Beacon concert 2009 - an unauthorized bootleg vinyl. Also bootlegs of the 1990's page has been updated. (Aug 11)
  • Songs of Love and Hate Live - new tribute album (August 8)
  • Hydra 2015 - Photo Galleries - Pictures of our June meetup (July 24)
  • Leonard Cohen in Concert 2008-2013 - Photo book by Michael Bromfield (July 24)
  • Leonard Cohen: Still the Man - New book by Colin Irwin (July 24)
  • New books in 2014-2015 - Summary of new books on Leonard Cohen (updated with new titles July 24)
  • Win a Memento with Leonard's Personal Inscription to YOU! Participate in our LogoDesign Competition and celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this website (July 11)
  • Hallelujah Leonard Cohen - A book of art by Sandra Zemor (June 3)
  • You Got Me Singing & A Street - Two new paintings by Elizabeth Laishley (May 24)
  • Can't Forget - Souvenir of The Grand Tour, new live album coming in May! (Mar 17)
  • Popular Problems in Spanish - all lyrics translated by Alberto Manzano (Feb 24)
  • De Demonen van L.C. - new book by Francis Mus (in Dutch) (Feb 22)
  • Morten Rosengarten - Leonard's homage to his old friend (Feb 21)
  • Opus Collection - 20 songs on a compilation by Starbucks/Legacy (Feb 4)
  • The Song Index - now updated with Live in Dublin (Jan 4)
  • Łanuszka/Cohen - New tribute CD by Michał Łanuszka (Jan 3)
  • On Tour with LC - Sharon Robinson's book of tour photos (Dec 26)
  • Live in Dublin - The complete concert in high definition on BluRay, DVD, 3CD etc. (Nov 27)
  • I'm Your Man...Naked - A new tribute album by YuLeS (Nov 1)
  • Dublin Event picture show- Wijbe's multimedia presentation (Oct 30)
  • An Evening with LC - Christof Graf's report on the media happening in London (Oct 7)
  • Hallelujah. Testi commentati - new Italian book analyzes all the songs (Oct 7)
  • LC stamps - personalized stamps from Germany, Indonesia, Finland (Oct 7)
  • Lyrics of Popular Problems - lyrics to all songs of Leonard Cohen's new studio album
  • Death of a Ladies Man - Remake of the entire album by Greg Ashley (Sept 28)
  • Leonard's 80 years in 80 photos - Collage by Eva Martonyi (Sept 27)
  • Les Inrockuptibles - Special 100 page LC issue & tribute CD. Also Magazine Gallery updated (Sept 26)
  • Leonard Cohen and Philosophy - a new book edited by Jason Holt (Sept 19)
  • Leonard Cohen - Everybody Knows - a new book by Harvey Kubernik in English, German, Spanish, French editions (Sept 7)
  • Cohen - Eine Hommage - a new German book by Thomas Kraft (Sept 7)
  • Leonard Cohen - Seul l'amour - a new French book by Jacques Julien (Sept 7)
  • Leonard Cohen par lui-même - a new French book by Jean-Dominique Brierre and Jacques Vassal (Sept 6)

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