Yesterday afternoon I heard a radio announcement on the line-up at this year’s Glastonbury music festival. There were to be several “surprise acts”, the DJ said, including “Shakin’ Stevens, Leonard Cohen, and Gilbert O’Sullivan.”
My jaw dropped. Why is mention of Cohen sandwiched between two singers from the 70s and 80s who, at best, will be ironic retro novelty acts? Why is it such a surprise that Cohen, who has written and recorded his material over decades, and continues to do so, might be asked to perform his stuff?