Lou Reed

The Religion and Political Views of Lou Reed



Reed was raised Jewish, but has since proclaimed rock 'n roll to be his religion.

Political Views

Reed hasn't aligned himself officially with any political platform, however, he seems offended by Republicans, is a fan of Micheal Moore and hung out with some of the 20th Century's more progressive artists.


Lou Reed was born in in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Freeport, Long Island, New York.

Reed was raised in middle-class a Jewish family.[1] He has expressed contrary attitudes toward his family's religion, even occasionally making anti-Semitic comments from time to time.[2] Though when asked if he was Jewish, he replied:

Of course, aren't all the best people?[3]

However, Reed has since rejected, or at least set aside any allegiance to Judaism, and has frequently called music his religion and rock n' roll his god, stating:

My God is rock'n'roll. It's an obscure power that can change your life. The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.[4]

And thus being one of the more influential in the field of experimental rock 'n roll, it's safe to say that he has practiced his religious ideas diligently. Even though, he still believes in some sort of order in the universe, saying:

I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.[5]

There you have it, everything happens for a reason, plain and simple.

Take a walk on the political side

Lou claims not to have any political bias. He once answered his audience on the live album, Live: Take no Prisoners, saying :

Political about what? You give me an issue, I'll give you a tissue and you can wipe my ass with it.[6]

However, Lou was incredibly outspoken regarding the Bush Administration; as he once said:

The Bush administration, they and all the other Republicans and CIA before us got us into this mess we're now in, and it's their duty since the naive and easily strong right manipulative people elected them that they got us out of it. History in America we always have these old fashioned conservatives who use war as a profit and send a whole generation of young men to murder other poor people.[7]

Later in the interview, Reed mentions filmmaker Michael Moore and how he is trying to "open our eyes" by researching important political subjects.[8] So bias seems to be out the window. Any sort of positive mention of Michael Moore automatically aligns one with the political left. We're going to call him a liberal. (Not really a stretch considering his involvement with New York's progressive art scene in the 60s and 70s–Niko and Andy Warhol and all that.) As to whether he's a Democrat? There's no evidence to suggest that, but he's certainly no Republican.

This article written by C. Lenz and Tom Kershaw

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