When Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen, she became his muse. A new documentary about their relationship is coming July 5th, directed by Nick Broomfield. The trailer was just released. Click on the image below to watch it.
To quote an article in the Guardian… “It was one of the great love stories of the “flower power” era of the 1960s.” Leonard Cohen was a struggling poet when they first came together on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. It was Marianne who inspired one of his most iconic, “So Long, Marianne”, and several others, including “Bird On A Wire”. She also gave him the confidence to sing in public.
Now, almost 60 years on, an archive of 50 love letters from Leonard Cohen to Marianne Ihlen, most of them never seen publicly before, are to be auctioned next month by Christie’s in New York under the title ‘Write Me and Tell Me Your Heart: Leonard Cohen’s Letters to Marianne.’
Postmarked Hydra, Montreal, New York, Tel Aviv and Havana, and written during pivotal years in Leonard’s career, highlights from the sale include a letter written in Israel in September 1960 at the start of their relationship where Cohen says: “It’s hard to write you. The surf is too loud. The beach is too crowded, and you’re too much in my heart to put anything down.” The letter is expected to fetch up to $9,000.
Shortly before she died at 81, Leonard was still reaching out to Marianne Ihlen. He wrote to her on her deathbed in her native Norway in July 2016: “Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”
Cohen was indeed very close behind her. He died four months later aged 82.
Story source; https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/22/leonard
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