Sunday, April 5, 2015

Leonard Cohen Testified Before LA Superior Court That Phil Spector Held A Gun To His Head; Spector Prosecutors' Motion States That Spector Held The Gun To Cohen's Chest; And Now This Interviewer Is Pressing A Gun Into His Neck To Explain The Cohen/Spector Alleged Incident?


Leonard Cohen and Spector's prosecutors should get their stories straight.  Cohen testified before LA Superior Court that Phil Spector held a gun to his HEAD.  The prosecutors submitted motions to the Court stating that Spector held a gun to Cohen's CHEST.  This version involves Spector pressing a gun into Cohen's NECK.  One would assume that a highly intelligent man - Cohen - knows the difference between his head, neck, and chest.  Robaitaille appears to be yet another gold digger who has sold her story and continues to embellish it.  Spector prosecutors version re. Cohen involved a semi-automatic.  Cohen testified that it was an automatic.  Obviously there are serious problems with this good rock 'n roll story.

PD:  But he (Phil Spector) actually put a gun to your head?  Is that correct?
Cohen:  That’s correct.
PD:  It was a revolver?
Cohen:   No, it wasn’t a revolver.  It was an automatic.
PD:  But you weren’t actually -- you didn’t feel threatened when he put a gun to your head?
Cohen:  No, sir.

Harvey Kubernik, a journalist, was present for the Spector/Cohen recordings (as were many others).  He didn't witness an out of control Spector:

Harvey Kubernik:

The track Cohen and Spector are particularly interested in listening to right now is "Don't Go Home With Your Hard-On," the album's all-out stomper, with hosts of loud horns and pulsating beat that's hammered all the way home by dual drummers playing in perfect synch. Above it all, comes Cohen's menacing, gritty vocal work, which holds center stage in a most unexpected but effective way. "I can really belt 'em out, you know," says the singer, as he takes a swig of Jose Cuervo from the bottle.

But that is hardly enough for Phil Spector--whose brilliance only starts with the songs he writes, but really gets to shining when he gets those songs into a studio. And so it is obvious that the Leonard Cohen sessions have been important to him--almost therapeutic. He certainly seems to be taking his work extremely seriously: He has been decidedly less theatrical in the studio of late; the usual Spector circus atmosphere seems to have been replaced at least in part by a rediscovered, or new interest in the music itself. And that seems to be very good medicine, both for Spector and for Cohen.
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