While the new century was slowly gearing up, Marc Hendrickx worked hard on a book that has Leonard Cohen as its principal source of inspiration. A biography? No, sir. Where 'Muhammad Ali - Still the Greatest!' already demonstrated that Hendrickx' work as an author evolved in such a manner that his mark on the content became ever increasing, he wanted to go -far- beyond that in this lengthy essay.
The whole Yesterday's Tomorrow project turned out to be a personal statement in which all the big themes are present: life, love, death... With the help of Cohen, Hendrickx was able to manage that, around the time of his fourtieth birthday (2004).
To make the challenge even more demanding there was not just the book... While writing his manuscript, Hendrickx also guided the preparations of a most promising CD and concert tour. The idea for this came to him together with that of Yesterday's Tomorrow and put one of the best Belgian female singers on the stage with Cohen's songs and Hendrickx's texts... Yasmine!
The official kick off of Yesterday's Tomorrow was given June 1 - 11, 2002, when Yasmine and Marc Hendrickx jointly took part in the 'Leonard Cohen Event' on Hydra, the old Greece 'hometown' of the grandmaster. In the fall of 2003 a first press briefing followed, while a true Yesterday's Tomorrow hausse took place a year later, greeting an impressive number of interested readers and listeners!
Was - and is - the whole project a great success, on a personal level the overly developed ego and plainly dishonest attitude of singer Yasmine and her management near the end of the first season was a huge disappointment for the author. That there would ever have to be a Yesterday's Tomorrow court case was all but planned.
Luckily, the great 2005-2006 cooperation with true and trustworthy artist Henk Hofstede (of The Nits fame) in The Netherlands greatly compensated these awful events, as do the several foreign contacts which show tremendous appreciation for his work in general and Yesterday's Tomorrow in particular.
The same kind of international appreciation befell Marc Hendrickx’ Yesterday’s Tomorrow book, which thanks to this is now available in Spanish, Portuguese and English. All different aspects of the project are represented on this part of the website. You'll find accurate descriptions under the different headers - if you're not from Belgium or The Netherlands and you want to know if, and when, Yesterday's Tomorrow will be available in your language and/or your region, make certain to check out the "International releases" link!