Saturday, 1 September 2012

Electric Shock Rock

During Lou Reed's teen years he was sent to a mental hospital, where he was forced to endure electric shock treatment and drug treatments for his 'homosexual tendancies'. His family were jewish conservative and he found himself at odds as his family were unable to accept his unconventional attitudes and sexual ambigious behaviour.
Much to his parent's dismay, he pursued a career in music and his highschool experiences have become embodied in the 1974 song "Kill your sons" and has been quoted saying

"They put the thing down your throat so you don't swallow your tongue, and they put electrodes on your head. That's what was recommended in Rockland County to discourage homosexual feelings. The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can't read a book because you get to page seventeen and have to go right back to page one again."


  1. It feels odd to say it, but I'm glad he was able to turn such a horrible experience into something that speaks to so many people. I guess that's art at its best.

  2. I never knew this, gosh the poor man.

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