I was saddened to hear of Lou Reed’s death yesterday, surely one of the most influential musicians of his generation. Today I also learnt that he was bisexual, hence posting about him here.
According to his Wiki page, he went through electroshock treatment at the age of 14 to discourage his “homosexual feelings” and cure him of bisexuality. I think we’ve come a long way from that sort of horrifying treatment of people who don’t show the correct sexual leanings, though there are still some way to go to cure the attitudes that lead to that sort of treatment.
Probably the best tribute to a great musician is to listen to some of his music, so here are some links: