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When your musical career spans decades, keeping track of every performance and television appearance can get tricky. Sometimes answering questions requires detective work. Thanks to Allan (DrHGuy) at Cohencentric, we can now mark the Leonard Cohen Regina mystery...read more
Bob Dylan and The New Morning Sessions Ron Cornelius, author of The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen, had long dreamed of playing with Bob Dylan. When Bob Johnston invited him to come to New York City for The New Morning Sessions, he didn't hesitate. By the time the...read more
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...read more
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 record label...read more
"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 and The Army....read more
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For many years, over, and over, people have told me that I should write a book about my life experiences in the music industry. Never gave that much thought until, at a point in time, the concept of individual “short-stories” came to mind. To write a book that’s not a “tell-all” but one of true experiences that could appeal to music lovers and fans the world over. A book for people interested in knowing what it would be like to run in the fast lane as a guitar player.
But more over, and especially in my case, it’s the life events that have gone on around all of this that can be unbelievable—unbelievable, but absolutely true.
The title of this book, “The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen,” was the title of a two-page newspaper article that was written about me. I chose to use it because the stories (in this book) take place during the portion of my career at which time I was simultaneously recording albums with Bob Dylan and recording albums and touring with Leonard Cohen.
Most of the people in this book are known to be, and recognized as, great songwriters as well as being artists. However, Cohen and Dylan, and their use of music as a way to speak to the masses are a very different world. Being part of all that led me in and out of some of the dumbest situations imaginable.
As I share these stories with you, and as you read, put yourself in my shoes and let yourself become … the guitar behind Dylan and Cohen.