This was the first time I had met Leonard Cohen. I’d heard his debut album ‘Songs From A Room’ when it came out & found it totally depressing although it was a ‘fave’ of the lonely people on dark, rainy Sunday afternoons in bed sits everywhere. I went along with MM writer Roy Hollingsworth to do an interview & we found Lenny relaxing by a window with his bare feet up on his manager’s desk. To my great surprise rather than sad he turned out to be one of the funniest & witty characters I’d met. Since that day I’ve loved his music & can even enjoy ‘Songs From A Room’, he’s still going strong as one of the finest songwriter/poets/human beings on the planet.
Pete Townshend was sending in so many letters to the Melody Maker about this and that, so Ray Coleman, the editor had the bright idea to ask him if he’d like to have a page for himself so he could write about anything he wished. Pete asked me photograph the accompanying images to illustrate his pieces. Some of these were quite abstract but his stories were always entertaining. On this day I arrived at his home to find him dressed up in a ‘Pearly King’ outfit with a banjo setting up a collection of his daughter’s toys in his garden. His faithful Spaniel Towser was recruited and posed perfectly during the shoot!