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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

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SEPTEMBER 21, 1934 - NOVEMBER 7, 2016

The thread of our condolences here on the Forum

Leonard Cohen's studio album was 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

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


We have now created three Photo Galleries:

- construction of our stone bench

- inauguration of the stone bench
dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen

- street naming & open air concert,
both organized by the Municipality of Hydra

You will find all these here. More photo galleries coming soon

Article in the Guardian (UK) by Caroline Brothers here
Our meetup in the Greek Press:

The Cohen Family presented




We are opening Photo Galleries from Montreal, one by one
(see below, "Links to Latest Updates")



October 2018

The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker.

An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.

The Flame will be published in October 2018 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the US, McClelland & Stewart in Canada, and many other publishers around the world.

Hardcover, 452 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1786893130

  • Leonard Cohen Murals - Our 2nd Montreal Photo Gallery (Nov 17)
  • Congregation Shaar Hashomayim - Leonard Cohen's Grave (Nov 16)
  • Słynny niebieski prochowiec - A new tribute album (Oct 29)
  • Polish Tribute to Leonard Cohen - A new tribute album (Oct 25)
  • Leonard on the cover - The Magazine Gallery has been updated - contributions requested (Oct 24)
  • Songbooks and sheet music - new collection added (Oct 24)
  • The Leonard Cohen Event, Budapest 2018 - Registration to our next Event has now started (Oct 16)
  • Multi-voice narrative memoir tribute to LC - by Harvey Kubernik (pdf) (Sept 23)
  • Between Your Love And Mine - A Requiem by LC and John MacKenna (Sept 10)
  • Utwory Leonarda Cohena - new tribute by Wojtek Gęsicki (Sept 10)
  • Sincerely L. Cohen - A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen (Sept 10)
  • Songs of Leonard Cohen - tribute by Beck (Sept 10)
  • Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen's song in the perspective of a semio-cognitive poetics by Per Aage Brandt and Ulf Cronquist (Aug 22)
  • Hydra 2017: dia show and videos - compiled by Wybe Lageveen (Aug 4)
  • So Long, Leonard - new book by Norwegian writers (June 26)
  • Hydra 2017: Inauguration of our Stone Bench dedicated to the Memory of Leonard Cohen - Photo Galleries (June 20)
  • Folks Play Cohen - New tribute album (June 20)
  • Covers Covers Covers - A major update to our list of LC covers - now 3182 songs by various artists (June 19)
  • Back to Hydra - the meetup page has been updated (June 18)
  • Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir - Record Store Day release by Various Artists (LP) (Apr 24)
  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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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