A Tribute to Leonard Cohen and His “Famous Blue Raincoat”

Lovely post in Vogue


In truth, this garment had once belonged to Leonard Cohen himself. In liner notes written in 1976, he recalled, “I had a good raincoat then, a Burberry I got in London in 1959. Elizabeth thought I looked like a spider in it . . . . It hung more heroically when I took out the lining, and achieved glory when the frayed sleeves were repaired with a little leather . . . . I knew how to dress in those days. It was stolen from Marianne’s loft in New York sometime during the early ’70s. I wasn’t wearing it very much toward the end.”


Things stolen from lofts; things vanishing from our very beings, our deepest souls! But we have at least the words of the poet to console us: “I guess that I miss you, I guess I forgive you,” Leonard Cohen confesses to his betrayer in the song.

In honor of Leonard Cohen—we guess we will more than miss him!—

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