Leonard Cohen’s Theories On Life, Democracy, And The Future

A 30-minute uncut 1993 interview with the songwriter, from ‘120 Minutes’

On November 7, legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died in his home in Los Angeles. As Molly Lambert wrote earlier this week, “Cohen’s songs preach about the pleasure in sadness and the underlying sadness of all pleasure. He located firmly in the reality of the everlasting present.” His gifts will continue to give long beyond his passing. Here is a 30-minute uncut interview that Cohen did for 120 Minutes in 1993. His wit, wisdom, and incisive sense of humor are all on display, as ever, as he reflects on life, democracy, his influence, and the future.