MUSIC NEWS- A legal dispute between LEONARD COHEN and entertainment lawyer Steve Machat is ending with Machat agreeing to sell the Cohen footage in question that he possesses. Machat is handing over 294 film reels that were shot in the 1970s and follow the Hallelujah singer on stage and behind-the-scenes during his 1972 European concert tour.
The tapes were missing since 1980, but located by Machat in 2009. The footage had been used to make Bird on a Wire, a documentary about the Canadian singer/songwriter. Machat, who at one time represented Cohen, has ended his battle with the performer and will offer the reels to fans for $1,500 (each).
Machat told London's Hackney Gazette, "These reels are historical, and since Cohen himself didn't put them into a museum, I feel the rightful place is with his fans who so adore his message". "I am selling this for money. I am selling this so those who worship and adore the artist can have something to hold and own as their own."