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Leonard Cohen: Royal Albert Hall, London

Karl Dallas, The Times, 11 May 1970

THE GREATEST achievement of modern pop has probably been its renewal of respect for the word in popular music: compared with the moon-and-June inanities of the average pre-1950 pop song, the words of Dylan, Lennon or Robin Williamson are profound indeed. But these are songwriters, a profession that has been separate from that of the poet since the institution of Christianity, according to Bishop Percy.

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