It's hard to think of another artist who cares so little for or about pop music yet who has changed it, and influenced its practitioners, so profoundly as Leonard Cohen. One of the most original, compelling, and covered songwriters of the rock era, Leonard Cohen has slowly transitioned from a singer of elegantly spare folk dirges to a whisky-voiced smooth talker on elegantly spare electro-acoustic percolations. From the beginning, the smartly tailored Montreal native has seemed like an outsider and an elder statesman in the music world. A teenage flirtation with the beatnik jazz/folk scene led Cohen to a highly successful (but oddly forgotten) career as a countercultural poet and fiction writer. At the same time, singers started taking notice of Cohen's bohemian (but decidedly non-youth revolution) tunes and his most heralded composition, "Suzanne" was widely known before he even had a recording contract. In 1968, his striking debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen showcased "Suzanne" and nine other of his world-weary and bleak, yet highly romantic songs. The album wasn't a huge success but -- as with the Velvet Underground's debut record or Van Morrison's Astral Weeks -- a new cadre... See More
Leonard Cohen Concert Films
Live at Isle of Wright 1970
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minNearly 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment- and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix's career. As Cohen followed Hendrix's set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian Folk singer/songwriter and poet/novelist quietly tamed the crowd.
Live in Dublin
Runtime: 3 hr 26 minLeonard Cohen - Live in Dublin documents a peak performance from the musician's monumental sold out 2012-2013 world tour. Live in Dublin recreates the deep emotional connection that audiences felt so powerfully and critics universally praised with five star reviews during Cohen’s most recent tour.
Live in London
Runtime: 2 hr 37 minFor over four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power - he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human lives, always with a full appreciation of how elusive answers can be to the vexing questions he raises. But those questions, and the journey he has traveled in seeking to address them, are the ever-shifting substance of his work, as well as the reasons why his songs never lose their overwhelming emotional force. Documentaries, awards, tribute albums and the ongoing march of artists eager to record his songs all acknowledge the peerless contribution Cohen has made to what one of his titles aptly calls "The Tower of Song."
In 2008 Leonard Cohen embarked on his first tour in 15 years. Quickly recognized as musical folklore in the making, 29 of the original dates sold out almost immediately, leaving fans and critics alike hailing the show as a once in a lifetime experience. By popular demand, the Canadian/UK tour was extended and by the end of that year it had reached 84 markets worldwide, selling more than 700,000 tickets. The Live In London release fully captures and recreates the extraordinary show from that tour that earned Cohen more than 80 five-star reviews for his performances.
Songs from the Road
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minThis release presents live performances from celebrated songwriter Leonard Cohen culled from various stops on a 2008 world tour that saw him playing to his largest audiences in years.
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Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minLucinda Williams is widely considered to be one of America's best singer/songwriters working today. An artist who completely defies categorization, her honest lyrics are often compared to fine poetry as she sings her narrative tales of Southern Gothic and heart-wrenching songs of love, heartbreak and desire. On this episode of Soundstage, Lucinda and her band perform favorites from her catalogue, as well as tunes from her newest album: World Without Tears.
Hammersmith Odeon London '75
Runtime: 2 hr 10 minThis is the stuff of legend. Born to Run had been released to unanimous acclaim. Bruce and band went to the U.K., where they were hyped as the band to see-and with the stakes so high, they didn’t back down. These are definitive performances. “Thunder Road” has never sounded more naked and vulnerable. “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” is clutch, a tight, affirmative performance that swings and punches with authority. “Spirit in the Night” slinks and unfolds like the New Jersey shoreline. The mix from Bob Clearmountain points up the band's incomparable chemistry, unlocking the magic and spotlighting the instruments while never sacrificing the wall of sound. By 1975, Springsteen had a complex web of songs with the most inventive structures imaginable. From the ethereal organ haunting the ghosts of “Lost in the Flood” or the simple piano accompaniment driving “For You” to the wistful memories of “Backstreets” and the urban sprawl of “Jungleland,” Bruce and The E Street Band were never more operatic or intense.
2000 Days on Earth
Runtime: 1 hr 37 min20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave’s life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Live at Montreux, 2005
Runtime: 1 hr 23 minPatti Smith was one of the key artists in the breakthrough of New York City punk rock with her 1975 debut album "Horses" being hugely influential on the whole New Wave genre. Her distinctive blend of rock, punk and poetry combined with her uncompromising style has ensured that she has remained a credible artist throughout her career. This concert at Montreux from 2005 was part of the tour in support of her 2004 album "Trampin'" and the setlist features tracks from her first album right through to that release. Patti Smith remains a vibrant live performer and this first ever live concert is a long overdue treat for all her fans.
The Concert in Hyde Park
Runtime: 2 hr 13 minThe Concert in Hyde Park chronicles Paul Simon's historic concert at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival with an epic career-spanning set. The concert features a Graceland reunion including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
Live at Montreux, 2000
Runtime: 2 hr 3 minLou Reed is one of the most influential artists of the rock era. From his days in the sixties as the main singer and songwriter of the Velvet Underground and through his mercurial solo career he has kept his audience and the critics on their toes with dramatic changes of musical direction from album to album. Underpinning everything however has been his unquestionable ability as a songwriter and performer of the highest class. This film is Lou Reed’s only Montreux performance from July, 2000. This was part of his tour for the acclaimed Ecstasy album and the show features a number of songs from that release as well as Lou Reed classics such as Romeo Had Juliette, Set The Twilight Reeling, Dirty Blvd and Perfect Day.
A Woman of Heart and Mind
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minJoni Mitchell's career has been guided by an artistic integrity that i an example to all. Crossing musical boundaries with scorn, she has generated critical acclaim whichever route she chooses to follow. From bands like Crosby Stills Nash and Young covering her early work through to working with be-bop legend Charles Mingus, to her most recent and still as highly acclaimed work; 'Woman of Heart And Mind' documents the incredible achievements and influence that Joni Mitchel has had against all the odds in this ever more conformist world. With over 40 archive musical excerpts and interviews with collaborators including David Crosby, James Taylor and Herbie Hancock, plus archive and contemporary interviews with Joni herself, this documentary tells for the first time the full remarkable story of a performer and songwriter which clearly justifies her iconic status.
Songs of America / The Harmony Game
Simon & Garfunkel
Runtime: 2 hr 4 minSongs of America - Originally aired on CBS, and unavailable since its 1969 broadcast, this TV special is comprised of footage of the 1969 tour, intimate backstage conversations, historic news footage and more. The Harmony Game - brand new documentary about the making of Bridge Over Troubled Water, featuring new 2010 interviews with Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Roy Halee and more key principals involved with the making of the album.
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minRecorded in 1994, Bob Dylan - MTV Unplugged is a brilliant, quietly impassioned performance by one of pop music's most significant figures. Fronting his empathetic five-piece band (Bucky Baxter excels on dobro, mandolin, and pedal steel guitar; Bob himself plays frequent "rhythm leads" on his Martin), Dylan performs four of his best-known and potentially most overdone tunes in the 73-minute show; but "All Along the Watchtower," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" all sound great, with Dylan, as is his wont, re-casting both the arrangements and melodies. Even better is the obscure "John Brown" (written in the early '60s), a driving, biting war protest song of the kind that made him famous, while "Dignity," a lesser-known tune from the '90s, is filled with great lines ("Met Prince Phillip at the home of the blues... said he was abused by dignity"), and "Shooting Star" revisits Oh Mercy, Dylan's best '80s album. Through it all, Dylan says nary a word, although he does smile and shake some hands (even removing his shades) at the end. And as good as it may be, this show is most likely different from every Dylan concert before or since, a sure sign of an artist in no danger of becoming irrelevant.
How Sweet The Sound
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThis film, Joan Baez How Sweet the Sound, examines Joan's history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. Featuring interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and others, plus conversation between Joan and ex-husband David Harris. Archival material includes footage of Baez's visit to N. Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan, and never-before-seen film of Joan as a teenager performing at Club 47 in Cambridge. Extras include conversations with Baez & Dar Williams, Bill Fegan & Bishop Ernest, Vaclav Havel, and Steve Earle.
In Concert: Live at the BBC Radio Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minSir Van Morrison takes to the stage at The BBC Radio Theatre for an intimate In Concert performance. Belfast born ‘Van the man’ is among popular music's true innovators and arguably one of the most influential vocal.ists in the history of rock and roll. The Grammy winning Celtic soul troubadour has been fusing R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk throughout his musical career and in this special, he performs a selection of tracks, old and new from his revered back catalogue of work to his new album ‘Keep Me Singing’.
Live In Hollywood
Runtime: 56 minMARIANNE FAITHFULL, one of the iconic figures of 1960s music, has sustained a successful and highly acclaimed career for 40 years. Her distinctive voice and passionate songwriting have ensured that her fan base has remained intensely loyal and that she has continued to attract new devotees. This concert was recorded in Hollywood in Spring 2005. It features tracks from her most recent album, 2004's Before The Poison, along with hits such as Ballad Of Lucy Jordan and As Tears Go By, and classic tracks like Sister Morphine and Broken English.
Live at the Island 50 Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minFor decades, his has been the voice that has carried us through the darkness. One of the most influential and successful singer-songwriters of the last 40 years, Yusuf has provided the perfect salve for a troubled world a beautifully nuanced, warm voice shielding us against harsh, turbulent times bringing songs of truth and hope.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 55 minJohnny Cash was one of the most influential figures in American music in the post war period. He managed to combine elements of folk, rock n roll and country, which together with his distinctive voice and guitar style, created an instantly recognisable sound. 1994 was to prove to be Cashs only appearance at the Montreux Festival.
The Man In Black had just released his acclaimed American Recordings album and his European tour took in Montreux on July 5. This classic concert features a number of tracks from his new album coupled with favourites from across his career including Folsom Prison Blues, I Walk The Line, Ghost Riders In The Sky, Orange Blossom Special and San Quentin. An added bonus is the guest appearance of his wife June Carter Cash on two tracks. Caught at one of the high points of his distinguished career this is truly Johnny Cash at his best.