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Lou Reed called Donna Summer a "n****r" and Bob Dylan an anti-Semitic slur'

  • The Velvet Underground star struck one ex-girlfriend in public and gave a former wife a black eye, a new biography claims
  • He often hurled racist and anti-Semitic slurs too, says the book 
  • Reed, who passed away in 2013 aged 71, is described as 'very unpleasant' towards his bandmates, school friends and relatives

By Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline

Published: 03:10 EST, 13 October 2015 | Updated: 06:43 EST, 13 October 2015

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Rock legend Lou Reed was a misogynistic 'monster' who beat up women, hurled anti-Semitic slurs and once expressed a hatred for 'n*****s like Donna Summer', according to a new biography.

The Velvet Underground star, who died in 2013 aged 71, reportedly abused a string of romantic partners - striking his ex-girlfriend across the head in public and giving one of his former wives a black eye.

He was also 'very unpleasant' toward his bandmates, school friends and even relatives - most of whom thought he was a 'pr*ck' - and frequently made racist and sexist comments, it is said.

Rock legend: Lou Reed (pictured in June 2005) was a misogynistic 'monster' who beat up women, hurled anti-Semitic slurs and once expressed a hatred for 'n*****s like Donna Summer', according to a new biography

Rock legend: Lou Reed (pictured in June 2005) was a misogynistic 'monster' who beat up women, hurled anti-Semitic slurs and once expressed a hatred for 'n*****s like Donna Summer', according to a new biography

Specifically referring to late singer-songwriter Summer, he allegedly once told a reporter, 'I don't like n*****s'. He also called Bob Dylan a 'pretentious k*ke' and had several fights with David Bowie.

The explosive allegations are made by Reed's unofficial biographer, Howard Sounes, in his new book, Notes From The Velvet Underground, which is based on more than 140 interviews.

Speaking to The Daily Beast, Sounes, who interviewed Reed's old friends, colleagues, partners and relatives after his death, said: 'I loved his music but you have to go where the story goes.

'The obituaries were a bit too kind; he was really a very unpleasant man. 

'A monster really. I think truly the word monster is applicable.'

'Abusive': The Velvet Underground star (pictured, second left, with his bandmates) reportedly abused a string of partners, striking his ex-girlfriend across the head in public and giving one of his former wives a black eye

'Abusive': The Velvet Underground star (pictured, second left, with his bandmates) reportedly abused a string of partners, striking his ex-girlfriend across the head in public and giving one of his former wives a black eye

Reed apparently called Bob Dylan (pictured in April 2008) a 'pretentious k***'
Specifically referring to late singer-songwriter Summer (pictured), Reed allegedly once told a reporter, 'I don't like n****rs'

'Slurs': Specifically referring to late singer-songwriter Summer (right), Reed allegedly once told a reporter, 'I don't like n*****s'. He also called Bob Dylan (left) a 'pretentious k*ke' and had several fights with David Bowie

Reed's ex-wife Bettye Kronstad, who divorced the rock star in the same year she married him, told Sounes he treated her like his personal punchbag while on tour.

'He would, like, pin you up against a wall,' she said. 'Tussle you. Hit you… shake you… And then one time he actually gave me a black eye.'

Reed's former school friend also painted a picture of a man who would happily hit women - in private and public.

Claims: The explosive allegations are made by Reed's unofficial biographer Howard Sounes in his new book Notes From The Velvet Underground

Claims: The explosive allegations are made by Reed's unofficial biographer Howard Sounes in his new book Notes From The Velvet Underground

Describing an incident when Hyman and his wife were having dinner with Reed and his girlfriend, Hyman said: 'She would say something. He’d get p***ed off at what she said and smash her around the back of the head.

'[My wife said,] "Lou, if you continue to hit her, you have to leave." And then he smacks her in the back of the head. So she said, "Get out!"'

Sounes concluded: 'It’s quite clear that (Reed) was a misogynist and he did hit women.'

In addition to his 'women beating and racial slurs', Reed, who was born and died in New York, reportedly made a habit for forging a close bond with someone before suddenly turning against them, including his sister Bunny.

Film director Paul Morrissey told Sounes the musician - who suffered from serious mental health issues and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder - was a 'stupid, disgusting, awful human being'.

The claims come as another book has told of the electroshock therapy Reed had to endure at the Creedmoor State Psychiatric Hospital in Queens, New York.

Reed's parents had sent the then-17-year-old for 24 sessions at two day intervals at the hospital during the summer of 1959 because of his mental health issues, according to author Aiden Levy.

Levy writes in his book, Dirty Blvd: The Life and Music of Lou Reed, that going through such trauma at such a young age cemented Reed's anti-establishment view and his hatred of the system.

It also bolstered his refusal to conform, he says.

After Reed's death from liver disease, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Velvet Underground continue to be seen as one of the most influential bands of all time.

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