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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 to open doors. One...read more
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 Tour. Of...read more
Casually flipping through The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen provides a visual treat. Custom sketches accent stories, adding depth to the scenery present in the reader's mind. We are often asked about the artist behind the sketches and we're pleased to introduce him....read more
For years, Ron Cornelius, author of The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen, led Leonard Cohen's band, The Army. They traveled the world together; most times were good times. But then there were the times that the crowds and the pressures would get to you. That's when The...read more
Sometimes in life, events turn out so perfectly, you just have to sit back and smile. You know the universe smiles sometimes and, every once in a while, it smiles on each of us. This is the case with the story of The Guitar Behind Dylan and Cohen. In Ron Cornelius'...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.