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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 is the meeting point for our members and all other Leonard Cohen fans. So far, there are more than 200,000 messages posted by over 20,000 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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How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday:

Read about our plans and find our Call for Pledges here

The 9th Leonard Cohen Event
DUBLIN, AUGUST 7-10, 2014
A memorable Summer weekend with wide-ranging programme of Leonard Cohen's poetry, literature, and music, performed by both professional artists and amateurs. Organised by The Leonard Cohen Files and The Leonard Cohen Forum, and supported by our active local committee.

We have already registrations from 18 countries - JOIN US NOW!

More info - now including the complete Event pogramme - here

A printer-friendly pdf file of the programme is also here


  • The Leonard Cohen Event 2014 in Dublin - Let's meet at the Dublin Event in August! You'll get all the deails on this page (June 15)
  • Eleven new books - Summary of new (2014) books on Leonard Cohen (Updated July 10)
  • Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen - Jiří Měsíc reviews Jeff Burger's new book (May 30)
  • So Long Marianne - A Love Story - Marianne's memoirs finally in English! (May 27)
  • Almost Young - a new photo book in English and German (May 27)
  • In City and in Forest - a new tribute by the Canadian Duo Tower of Song (May 15)
  • A Broken Hallelujah - A book by Liel Leibovitz (May 2)
  • Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen - A book of Interviews and Encounters, edited by Jeff Burger (Mar 25)
  • Homage to Morente - Leonard pays homage to his friend Enrique Morente (Feb 24)
  • The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook - a book of 80 wood engravings hand printed (Feb 23)
  • The Hallelujah Effect - Jiří Měsíc's review of the book by Babette Babich (pdf file) (Feb 20)
  • No Ideas - The Book - a very personal diary of Leonard's guitar technician Leif Bodnarchuk (Jan 23)
  • A Thousand Kisses Deep - New (March 17, 2014) tribute album by Christine Tobin (Jan 22)
  • Tributes to Leonard Cohen et al. - I have added also three albums that are tributes to both Leonard Cohen and another artist: Suzanne Sheridan - Laureen Fox - Barb Jungr (Jan 22)
  • Covers Covers Covers - We are now listing 2746 cover songs released by various artists (Jan 22)

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