Leonard Cohen on HYDRA
-Songs & Tales of Bohemia

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story of Creativity


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George Johnston & James Burke in Tibet 1945

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Vale - Leonard Cohen  November 7, 2016
He is now with Marianne

... and the saddest thing under the sun above Is to say good-bye to the ones we love 
- but do not weep, nor make a scene, Just say Thank you, for having been...

'Famous Blue Raincoat' - with many photos of Leonard Cohen

Vale - Marianne Ihlen - July 28, 2016  
Marianne Ihlen, the woman immortalized in the song “So Long, Marianne” and the woman in Leonard Cohen’s life through the 1960s, died July 28, 2016. She was 81.
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The Bohemian Colony on Hydra
George Johsnton and Charmian Clift were two Australian writers who gave up secure careers in journalism for the literary life on an exotic Greek island. The arrived on Hydra in 1956 and stayed for 9 years. They presided over a bohemian community of artists and writers which at different times included Sidney Nolan, Peter Finch, Allen Ginsberg, Tony Randal, Melina Mercouri, Tony Perkins and a young Leonard Cohen. 

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The Production & The Performers
Through stories and songs this musical production tells of George Johnston and Charmian Clift's arrival on Hydra in 1956. The arrival of the unknown Canadian poet, Leonard Cohen in 1960, his meeting and life with Marianne and friendship with George Johnston and Charmian Clift.  It was on Hydra that Leonard Cohen gave his first ever concert and then towards the end of the 60s emerged as a singer/songwriter.
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'Suzanne'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2015

'The Gypsy's Wife'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2015

'Famous Blue Raincoat'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2016

'Misirlou'  @ The Hellenic Museum, Melbourne 2016

"A Thousand Kisses Deep' @ Willow Creek Vineyard Performance

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Written & Produced by Harry Fatouros