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Lou Reed - Bettye Kronstad


Removal of the outside reference # 58 and the line from that reference which is here included in quotation marks:

Reed married Bettye Kronstad in 1973. "She later said he had been a violent drunk when on tour.[58]" I seriously doubt the only thing to say about Bettye Kronstad other than that Reed married her is this very negative comment that has been chosen to represent his first wife, which is patently offensive. The woman supported him emotionally, personally and professionally as his confident, muse and best friend, as well as the first love he married. There are several songs Reed wrote where she is mentioned or referred to including, most obviously "Perfect Day," which he wrote for her after they spent a day together, about which Reed specifically commented in an interview when asked who/what the song was about. His reply was that the song was about a guy and the girl and a day they spent together in so many words. Obviously, Reed loved and cared about her a great deal, and considering how long she stayed with him and through one of the most turbulent periods of his life, it is offensive that this should be her only mention -- that she called him a violent drunk when on tour. Even if she did say that, it was in response to a question, and the quote is being cherry picked. Kronstad wrote a memoir entitled PERFECT DAY about their five year relationship and there's plenty of quotes where she says incredibly beautiful, sensitive and moving things about him as a person, a writer and a musician/performer, let alone the newspaper articles she has written and is quoted saying very beautiful things about her first husband as an artist and a person. Please remove this offensive inclusion, and if you'd like me to make a suggestion as to what you could replace it with, you can contact me at my email address, which you have with my registration.

Thank you!

Satelliteofluv Satelliteoflov (talk) 20:53, 22 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Why not edit the article yourself with more complete reliably sourced information yourself? --John (User:Jwy/talk) 02:20, 24 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Well, I’ve never edited a Wiki entry before, but would like to learn, as Bettye deserves a proper inclusion here, which would credibly represent her role in his life and career. Satelliteoflov (talk) 04:25, 24 July 2023 (UTC)[reply]



"Reed's work did not translate into sales, leading him deeper into drug addiction and alcoholism." This is absolute rubbish. There is *nothing* noteworthy about an addict spiraling down into severe disability, death, and/or the need for institutional care. Blaming his lack of commercial success FOR his addictions has the cart before the horse. It's more likely that his compromised executive function was a primary CAUSE of his career nose-dive. (talk) 18:46, 23 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]