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Throwback Thursday: Leonard Cohen on the Isle of Wight
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Editorial Staff

Published

September 18, 2014

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Written by Chris Dart

Yesterday, we gave you a rundown of some of Leonard Cohen's greatest live performances. Today, we thought we'd give you a little more. Here he is playing "Suzanne" at his famous Isle of Wight concert in 1970.

Here are some facts about "Suzanne:" it was originally published as a poem, and it is about a woman named Suzanne Verdal, who was the wife of Quebecois sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. Despite what people may think, Suzanne and Leonard's relationship was strictly platonic,although it's possible Cohen wished otherwise.

Here are some facts about the Isle of Wight: it's separated from the English mainland by a strait called the Solent, the ancient Romans called it Vectis, and it was home to Osborne House, Queen Victoria's summer residence.

Listen to Leonard Cohen's new album, Popular Problems, streaming exclusively in Canada at CBC Music until Sept. 21.

Click here to check out all the Cohen content as it's published throughout the week and let us know: what do you love most about Leonard Cohen? Tell us on social media using #CohenWeek or in the comments below.