He released three albums in the 1970s which were among the first to deal with explicitly gay themes. Cohen was licensed as a cab driver in New York City in 1972. Cohen self-released his first album, eponymously titled Mike Cohen, in 1972.
This was followed by two albums on Folkways Records, "" (Folkways Records FS 8582, 1973) and "Some of Us Had to Live" (Folkways Records FS 8582, 1976).
The latter two are available from Smithsonian Folkways. Cohen was influenced by James Taylor and Leonard Cohen and his music is very much in the folk rock style.
Frieze Magazine describes Cohen"s "Bitterfeast" from the same album as a "raw and chokingly emotional" ballad based on a poem by Leonard Cohen. After releasing a third album on a small label, Cohen "dropped off the radar" until his death in 1997.