Leonard Cohen's remarkably high LSD intake

Matthew

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Never immediately struck me as being an acid-head - now I know better.

It makes perfect sense that that voice was emerging from the bottom of a well.

Has anyone else seen this documentary by Nick Broomfield "Leonard and Marianne." Great stuff:

 

WashYourHands

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Never immediately struck me as being an acid-head - now I know better.

It makes perfect sense that that voice was emerging from the bottom of a well.

Has anyone else seen this documentary by Nick Broomfield "Leonard and Marianne." Great stuff:

My Mum has expressed an interest in a small dose in recent years and loves LC. This might be the tipping point. I knew about the documentary but not the acid aspect. Time to drop this documentary with her and then suggest half a tab each one Sunday afternoon. This could get so weird.
 

luka

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I went to his Greek island it was shit I got the first ferry back. Escape, escape!
 

PeteUM

It's all grist
I respect the artistry of Joni Mitchell, Cohen and Neil Young but I can't click with the music. My mother's side of the family are from Canada so maybe I could work it out in therapy. I have nothing against the people and country in general - I'm not a monster. There's a clip I cant find of Leonard Cohen performing, supposedly tripping, and he gets in a huff with the audience and then seemingly turns it around and becomes quite emotional. I found it a bit bewildering tbh.
 

luka

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You're like me. Half colonial. It gives you magic powers. Not in thrall to English caste system
 

Matthew

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My Mum has expressed an interest in a small dose in recent years and loves LC. This might be the tipping point. I knew about the documentary but not the acid aspect. Time to drop this documentary with her and then suggest half a tab each one Sunday afternoon. This could get so weird.
woah! ha ha. yes. i think once i'm past worrying about tomorrow i might have another crack. check out the property i'm moving in to so to speak...

what's curious about cohen and LSD is that acid is usually associated with the most shiny and technological music of that era. all the space rock stuff is top heavy with electronics and processing (beatles, ash ra tempel, jimi hendrix etc) There's precious little truly acidic folk music (like Comus I suppose) and Leonard Cohen really makes sense of that connection.
 

Matthew

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I went to his Greek island it was shit I got the first ferry back. Escape, escape!
i expect you know his poetry? and there's that avant-garde novel he wrote (again whilst completely off his gourd on that island on LSD - "beautiful losers") - all that before he started being a songwriter.
 

thirdform

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It's the least psychedelic music ever made. Just a (spiritually) fat bloke whinging,
yeah but that's why psychedelia needs to be reconnected back to hard sufism and maths. makes no sense to give lsd to Laura Marling fans, there is no inputs to fuck up. I'm not saying they should be banned from it, they can use it, i don't care, they will just be as normal as they were when they had a glass of white wine in the end. yeah it will freak em out for 6-8 hours, and then what? absolutely zilch.

 

thirdform

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what's curious about cohen and LSD is that acid is usually associated with the most shiny and technological music of that era. all the space rock stuff is top heavy with electronics and processing (beatles, ash ra tempel, jimi hendrix etc) There's precious little truly acidic folk music (like Comus I suppose) and Leonard Cohen really makes sense of that connection.

turkish folk is psychedelic, though more in the weed/old opium sense.

Is there really any acidic (popular) music before chicago acid? obvs loads of lacerating firing neural synapses early academic stuff.
 
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