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The song is Chelsea Hotel #2 and the woman was the late Janis Joplin. Cohen lived in suite #424 at the hotel when he wasn't at his home in Montreal or his cottage on the Greek Island of Hydra. Joplin lived in suite #411.
We miss you, Joplin, wherever you are.” In 1970 Gahr shot Janis Joplin for the cover of Rolling Stone , and also snapped the cover of her classic posthumous LP Pearl . These candid snapshots were taken by David Gahr at the Chelsea Hotel in June 1970, just four months before her death at the age of 27.
In Memory of Janis 19/1/43 – In the spring of 1968, the Chelsea Hotel was far more famous than its occupant in Room 424. Leonard Cohen had forsaken his life as an established novelist and poet in Canada for a place in New York City’s flourishing folk singer-songwriter scene, and so far the gamble hadn’t paid off.
Wikimedia Commons. Janis Joplin was one of the Chelsea Hotel's famous residents. She and Leonard Cohen had an affair at the hotel, and he wrote two different songs about it. Flickr. A phone in a room of long-time resident and writer Ed Hamilton at the Chelsea Hotel in New York, January 10, 2011.
Introducing this song in concert, Leonard Cohen sometimes admitted that he wrote it about a very brief affair he had with Janis Joplin in 1968, explaining that she came to the Chelsea Hotel looking for Kris Kristofferson, and when they ended up in an elevator together, he told her that he was Kristofferson.
Listen to Janis Joplin’s final interview—where she shows a more vulnerable side—with Howard Smith of The Village Voice on September 30, 1970. This was recorded just four days before Joplin died from a heroin overdose at the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood.
The ones who are looking for Rock'n'Roll history, searching for the spirits of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Jim Morrison, Nico or Patti Smith are likely to find some of it within the red brick walls of the Chelsea Hotel, located at 222, West 23rd St. between Seventh and Eight Avenue, where in the past many a famous song has been written.