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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!

Click on the links on this front page to go to various sections of The Files, or use the Next and Previous buttons at the bottom of every page to navigate through the pages (more than 1000 so far). The Index page is here.



Watch the lyric video of Show Me the Place.
Listen to the songs Darkness & Going Home
Leonard Cohen's recent studio album, "Old Ideas", was released on January 31, 2012. Available in CD and Vinyl formats.
Click here to read the lyrics and see more details! The album is discussed here on the Forum - thousands of comments and details!
Marie's Media Report is here.


The tour schedule with links and reviews here
Meet the Tour Band
Forum reports:
  • Concerts in Europe in 2012 here.
  • Concerts in North America in 2012 here

  • WORLD TOUR 2013:

  • THE SPRING TOUR: 21 concerts in USA and Canada (March 3 - April 28). Read our reports and reviews here
  • THE SUMMER TOUR IN EUROPE: 32 concerts (June-September 2013). Find all concert reports here
  • TOUR IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND: 16 concerts (November-December 2013). Find all concert reports here
    Complete Tour Schedule 2012-2013 here.

    The Tour has come to its end. There are no new concert dates.

  • 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 - including some names of our artists and speakers - here


  • 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)
  • Nine new books in 2014 - Summary of forthcoming books on Leonard Cohen (Updated Feb 23)
  • The Hallelujah Effect - Jiří Měsíc's review of the book by Babette Babich (pdf file) (Feb 20)
  • The Leonard Cohen Event 2014 in Dublin - It's time to register to our next big Event in August 2014! Read Paula's February Update to learn about the program and some of our artists and speakers! (Feb 16)
  • 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)
  • Ring the Bells - Two paintings by Vickisa (Jan 11)
  • Conspiracy of Beards - A new Cohen tribute, recorded live in Vancouver (Jan 5)
  • The Hallelujah Effect - A new book by Babette Babich (Nov 26)
  • Lessons from a Master - Michael Bromfield explores one of the most memorable tours in the history of popular music (pdf file) (Nov 10)

  • A new official Leonard Cohen webstore for Europe has been launched! Click here!

    The Glenn Gould Prize Gala on May 14 in honour of iconic singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen, the Ninth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize. Reports and photos HERE on the Forum (the link takes you to page # 1 of the report)!
    Photo © Eliott Lefko

    The 2012 PEN New England Awards for Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence
    were presented on Feb 26 to Leonard Cohen and Chuck Berry by Salman Rushdie and Paul Simon at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. More here on Marie's site!

    Photo © Charley & Hattie Webb.
    Click for full size pic

    Leonard Cohen has won one of Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias awards for his poetic gifts and thought-provoking songs. The prize foundation praised him as one of the most influential authors of modern times. The prize was presented on October 21 by Crown Prince Felipe in the Northern city of Oviedo, capital of the Asturias region.Click here for more information! The link takes you to the beginning of the Oviedo report on the Forum.

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