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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 330,000 messages posted by over 33,000 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

The Leonard Cohen Files Online
since September 3, 1995

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song. Film by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine

"This documentary is a definitive exploration of Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” Approved for production by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews."

1 h 58 min. Watch the trailer here

In theaters around the world. BluRay and DVD on October 11, 2022.

A Ballet of Lepers - A Novel and Stories

A never-before-published early novel and stories by Leonard Cohen

"The pieces in this collection, written between 1956 and 1961 and including short fiction, a radio play, and a stunning early novel, offer startling insights into Cohen’s imagination and creative process. Cohen explores themes that would permeate his later work, from shame and unworthiness to sexual desire in all its sacred and profane dimensions to longing, whether for love, family, freedom, or transcendence. The titular novel, A Ballet of Lepers—one he later remarked was “probably a better novel” than his celebrated book The Favourite Game—is a haunting examination of these elements in tandem, focusing on toxic relationships and the lengths to which one will go to maintain them, while the fifteen stories, as well as the playscript, probe the inner demons of his characters, many of whom could function as stand-ins for the author himself. Cohen's work is meditative and surprising, offering playful, provocative, and penetrating glimpses into the world-weary lives of his characters, and a window into the early art of a storytelling master."

The book will be published on October 11, 2022, by McClelland & Stewart, and other international publishers. 256 pages. ISBN 978-0802160478.

Hallelujah & Songs From His Albums

This is the first-ever official, career-spanning album from Leonard Cohen. Comprised of 17 classic tracks from his expansive career, this anthology features an unreleased and unforgettable live performance of 'Hallelujah' from the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. The album is inspired by the documentary, 'Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song'.

Tracks: Hallelujah (Live at Glastonbury 2008), Suzanne, Bird on the Wire, Famous Blue Raincoat, Chelsea Hotel #2, Who by Fire, Dance Me to the End of Love, I'm Your Man, Anthem, The Future, In My Secret Life, A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation), Show Me the Place, Come Healing, You Got Me Singing, You Want It Darker, and Thanks for the Dance

The album will be released in October 2022 by Sony Music. Available on CD, MP3, and double vinyl. (Listen already now on Spotify!)

Here It Is: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

This tribute album is due November 11, 2022 via Blue Note.

Tracks: 1. Steer Your Way - Norah Jones / 2. Here It Is - Peter Gabriel / 3. Suzanne - Gregory Porter / 4. Hallelujah - Sarah McLachlan / 5. Avalanche - Immanuel Wilkins / 6. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye - Luciana Souza / 7. Coming Back to You - James Taylor / 8. You Want It Darker - Iggy Pop / 9. If It Be Your Will - Mavis Staples / 10. Seems So Long Ago, Nancy - David Gray / 11. Famous Blue Raincoat - Nathaniel Rateliff / 12. Bird on the Wire - Bill Frisell


  • Check our Forum to learn more about the Event here!

  • Photo and video show created by Wijbe Lageveen (from his website)
  • The Event Booklet created by Maarten Massa (pdf file, 72 pages)

    The next Leonard Cohen Event will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2024. Marianne Nielsen will be the organizer. More here



  • The Leonard Cohen Event 2024 - Registration to Copenhagen is now open! (Nov 21)
  • Walking Weekend 2023 in Switzerland - Watch Wijbe's video on his website! (Nov 21)
  • Our Hydra Meetups - see you in 2025! (Sept 30)
  • Hydra 2023 - Video report Watch Wijbe's video!(Sept 30)


  • The Leonard Cohen Ghent Event 2022 - Photo and video show created by Wijbe Lageveen (from his website) (Aug 21)
  • The Leonard Cohen Ghent Event 2022 - The Event Booklet created by Maarten Massa (pdf file, 72 pages) (Aug 21)
  • Leonard Cohen, it's au revoir - Collection Dominique Boile (Jan 17)
  • Ain't No Cure For Collecting - by Gordon Fraser (Jan 17)


  • Before I'm Your Man... and Afterwards - Book about the Album & Tour by Jim Devlin (Dec 15)
  • At Leonard’s last night and After Leonard’s last night - Essay by Greg George (Oct 23)
  • Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius - Book by Harry Freedman (Aug 20)
  • “Suzanne” and Perfect Bodies - Essay by Chris Wilde (July 22)
  • The Flame - Gallery of all editions updated (June 16)
  • Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen: Deaths and Entrances -Book by David Boucher and Lucy Boucher (June 11)
  • Leonard, Marianne, and Me: Magical Summers on Hydra - Book by Judy Scott (June 10)
  • Before The Future... and Afterwards - Book about the Album & Tour by Jim Devlin (June 2)
  • Bowie & Cohen - Vol 5 of the Cohenpedia Series by Christof Graf (May 31)
  • CBC Interview 1984 - by Patricia Keeney and Robert Sward (Apr 11)
  • Who by Fire. Live Tribute - album by First Aid Kit (Apr 9)
  • Leonard Cohen On a Wire - graphic novel by Philippe Girad (Apr 8)
  • Leonard Cohen, the Modern Troubadour - a book by Jiří Měsíc (Apr 4)
  • From This Broken Hill - volume 2 of Untold Stories by Michael Posner (Apr 4)
  • Leonard Cohen Event in Ghent and our next Hydra Meet-Up - Due to the corona crisis the Event has been re-scheduled to Summer 2022 and Hydra to 2023 (Jan 9)
  • Betraying What is Necessary - Academic paper by Gabriel Gould (Jan 3)


  • Flip Noorman zingt Leonard Cohen - Flip Noorman's tribute albums (Sept 11)
  • Back on Boogie Street tribute album by Karsten Holm & Cohen Trioen (Sept 10)
  • Leonard Cohen - A Woodcut Biography revised edition of George A Walker's book (Sept 8)
  • Leonard Cohen - So Long. Ein Leben in Gesprächen interviews in German (Sept 7)
  • Amen - A tribute album by Indiscriminate Lovers (Sept 6)
  • Bootlegs of 60's and 70's and of 80's and 90's and 2000- - all pages updated (Sept 5)
  • De cohenights - book by Babet Blangé, story of her experiences in the "Cohen World"(Aug 28)
  • Realms [Songs of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits] - tribute album by Rebecca Nash and Rosalie Genay (Aug 28)
  • Dance me to the End of Love - tribute album by Michel Griffin (Aug 27)
  • Back on Boogie Street - tribute album by Gay Marshall (Aug 27)
  • So Long Leonard - tribute album by Dirk Ende (Aug 26)
  • Večer S Cohenom - tribute album by Maja Posavec & Ivan Kapec (Aug 26)
  • Going Home - tribute album by Gary Snider & Leonard Cohen Affair (Aug 25)
  • Plateau Projekt Cohen - Polish tribute album by Plateau (Aug 25)
  • Zen & Poesie, Vol 3 & 4 - Two new volumes of Christof Graf´s Cohenpedia series (Aug 23)
  • New Books About Leonard Cohen 2014-2020 - All recent and forthcoming books on one page, now more than 50 titles, with links to individual pages (Aug 24)
  • Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years - New book by Michael Posner (Aug 24)
  • I'm Your Fan - The Songs of Leonard Cohen - New book by Ray Padgett (Aug 24)
  • A Theatre for Dreamers - Hydra fiction by Polly Samson (Aug 24)
  • Yesterday's Tomorrow: A highly original look back and forward - Updated edition of the book by Marc Hendrickx (Aug 23)
  • The Demons of Leonard Cohen - English edition of the book by Francis Mus (Aug 22)
  • Thanks for the Dance - Album page, now with complete lyrics (June 30)
  • Leonard on the cover - The Magazine Gallery has been updated (June 28)


  • Walking Weekend in Yorkshire - Video report by Wijbe (on his site) (Oct 3)
  • Leonard Cohen Stamps - by Canada Post (Sept 20)
  • Bootlegs - updated with new releases (Aug 22)
  • Den Nye Salmetrio fortolker LC - A new Danish tribute album (Aug 17)
  • Maciej Zembaty: The Best - New compilation of his Cohen songs (Aug 17)
  • Cohen on Soundtracks - List of films and TV episodes updated (Aug 17)
  • Book on Cohen - David Cohen on Leonard Cohen (July 15)
  • Sleepy Golden Storm - Tribute album by Rags & Feathers (July 14)
  • Zen und Poesie Vol 2 - 2nd volume of Christof Graf's Cohen Lexikon (July 14)
  • Marianne and Leonard - Words of Love - Documentary by Nick Broomfield (July 13)
  • To the End of Love - A tribute to Leonard Cohen by Cindergarden (Feb 17)
  • Homage - A tribute by Andrea Ramolo (Feb 17)
  • Hallelujah. The Songs of Leonard Cohen - by Various Artists (Feb 17)
  • Book of Longing poetry CD - narrated by Leonard Cohen (Feb 12)
  • Songs From A Room - Harvey Kubernik about Cohen's 2nd album, released 50 years ago (Feb 5)


  • Leonard Cohen. Come un uccellino su fili di parole - new book by Elena Lamberti (Oct 31)
  • Bardowie i poeci: Leonard Cohen - new Polish tribute album (Oct 31)
  • Ik ben jouw man - new Dutch tribute album (Oct 31)
  • Denis Fischer singt Leonard Cohen - new live album (Oct 31)
  • Leonard Cohen - An Illustrated Record - new book by Mike Evans (Oct 23)
  • The Nature of Love in the Work of Leonard Cohen - Article by Jiří Měsíc (Oct 5)
  • For Finnish visitors - suomenkieliset sivut ajantasaistettu (Sept 29)
  • Foreword to The Flame - by Adam Cohen (Sept 23)
  • Manual for Living in Defeat - new book by Silvia Albertazzi (Sept 9)
  • Invitation to our 2019 Meetp on Hydra - registration is now open! (Sept 2)
  • The Flame - Introduction to the new book (Aug 31)
  • Audio Books - Seven books by Cohen now in new format (Aug 30)
  • Book Cover Gallery - All editions in Leonard Cohen's Catalogue now updated(Aug 30)
  • Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything - This book of art is a document of the MAC exhibition in Montreal (Aug 30)
  • Wees lief voor deze ziel - Gentle This Soul. New book in Dutch. (Aug 28)
    Veertig vensters op Leonard Cohen by Frank Kazenbroot, The Netherlands 2018
  • Anthem - Tribute book by 21 authors (Aug 28)
  • Just One More Hallelujah - Tribute book by Ian Carroll (Aug 25)
  • Books about Leonard Cohen and Hydra: Hydra and the Bananas of Leonard Cohen by Roger Green - The Water and the Wine by Tamar Hodes - When We Were Almost Young by Helle V . Goldman - Half the Perfect World by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell (Aug 24)
  • We Love You Mr Cohen #2 - Polish tribute album. (Aug 23)
  • Il modo di dire addio - Conversations about Music, Love, Life. Book in Italian. (Aug 23)
  • Matters of Vital Interest - A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen, a book by Eric Lerner (Aug 22)
  • Leonard Cohen for Ukulele - new item on the Songbooks page (Aug 21)
  • Hallelujah. Testi Commentati - revised edition of Roberto Caselli's book (Aug 21)
  • Leonard Cohen et Son Dieu - a book by Dominique Cerbelaud (Aug 20)
  • Leonard Cohen: Die Macht der Worte - a book by Wolfgang Haberl (Aug 20)
  • Ο Λέοναρντ Κοέν με δικά του λόγια - LC in His Own Words in Greek (Aug 20)
  • Leonard Cohen y el zen - a new book by Alberto Manzano (Aug 19)
  • Zen & Poesie - Christof Graf´s 500 page Cohen Lexicon (Aug 19)
  • Leonard Cohen Stamps - Page updated with a Hungarian stamp (Aug 17)
  • The Leonard Cohen Event, Ghent 2020 - Invitation to our next Event (Aug 16)
  • The Leonard Cohen Event, Budapest 2018 - Event information, links to the Event booklet and photos (Aug 16)
  • Soundtracks- More than 200 films and TV series feature Cohen's songs (May 19)
  • Leonard Cohen, Philosopher- Lecture by Professor Philip W Rosemann (Apr 29)
  • Leonard at MAC - Christof Graf walks through the exhibition (Apr 2)
  • Rags and Feathers - A Tribute Album by Mallory Chipman (Jan 7)
  • Dinner at Moishe's - Members of our LC Forum in Montreal (Jan 1)


  • The Montreal Tribute Concert - Report by Christof Graf (Dec 27)
  • I Love to Speak with Leonard - Polish tribute by Marcin Styczeń (Nov 26)
  • Memorial Tribute in Montreal - Photos from the concert at Bell Centre (Nov 20)
  • Leonard Cohen's Montreal - Photo report of our City Tour (Nov 19)
  • Museé d'art Contemporain de Montreal - Photos from the "A Crack in Everything" exhibition (Nov 18)
  • 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)
  • Songbooks and sheet music - new collection added (Oct 24)
  • Multi-voice narrative memoir tribute to LC - by Harvey Kubernik (pdf) (Sept 23)
  • Utwory Leonarda Cohena - new tribute by Wojtek Gęsicki (Sept 10)
  • Between Your Love And Mine - A Requiem by LC and John MacKenna (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)
  • 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)

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