This interview was first published in September 2014, ahead of the release of Leonard Cohen’s album Popular Problems.
“I like life on the road. It’s a lot easier than civilian life,” says Leonard Cohen. “You kind of feel like you’re in a motorcycle gang.” The old troubadour’s eyes twinkle. It would be hard to imagine anyone who looked less like an outlaw biker than the small, slim, dapper old gent in his grey suit, trilby and professorially manicured goatee beard.
Yet since being effectively forced out of retirement in 2008 following embezzlement by his former manager (who was sentenced to jail in 2012), Cohen has embraced the life of a working musician with apparent relish.
“I had to go back on the road: I was broke,” he says. “But it renewed my interest in the whole enterprise.
“Besides, this and washing dishes are the only things that I really know how to do.”
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