Traveling With Leonard Cohen: Music Soothes the Soul

Traveling With Leonard Cohen: Music Soothes the Soul

Ron Cornelius knows first hand that traveling with Leonard Cohen is filled with surprises. From impromptu music sessions to practical jokes and beyond, there was hardly a dull moment. While much of the time was spent in the public eye, sometimes they snuck away and...
Changing Trends in Nashville: The Long Hairs Arrive

Changing Trends in Nashville: The Long Hairs Arrive

As a young musician in the late ’60’s, Ron Cornelius knew that San Francisco was the place to be. He recorded in the famous Francis Ford Copolla owned building at the corner of Columbus and Kearny and considered it a home away from home. When his new...
Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv 1972: Cohen, The Army, and The Machine

Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv 1972: Cohen, The Army, and The Machine

“It was a light, breezy summer day when we landed at the Lod International Airport in Israel…” Ron Cornelius begins, (The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen), describing a tour stop with Leonard Cohen in Tel Aviv. Four months on the road had worn on Cohen...
History of the Wah Wah Pedal: You Can’t Be Right All of the Time

History of the Wah Wah Pedal: You Can’t Be Right All of the Time

Before it was The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen, Ron Cornelius’ Gretsch Country Gentleman was the guitar behind Chevrolet’s 1966 Commercial of the Year. Maybe that doesn’t sound as glamorous, but for many young musicians, commercials are a great way...
Leonard Cohen’s First Concert Tour: Hartford, Connecticut, 1970

Leonard Cohen’s First Concert Tour: Hartford, Connecticut, 1970

When you start to really dig into the history of Leonard Cohen, eventually you wind up in Hartford, Connecticut in 1970. The small college auditorium at The University of Hartford was the site chosen for the very first concert of Leonard Cohen’s First Concert...