Domestic Violence Education in Pop Culture: JEREMY

JEREMY, by Pearl Jam (From the album Ten, 1991)

Pearl Jam’s Jeremy was based on two life stories: a 15-year old named Jeremy Wade, who shot himself in front of his classmates in Richardson, Texas in 1991, and a classmate of frontman Eddie Veder’s from junior high school. The song itself is about a boy who is abused via neglect, is a problem at school, and eventually turns on himself. The graphic music video and lyrics changed music, switching the general theme of music from love to emotion. This video won numerous awards, including MTV’s Video of the Year in 1992.

“Daddy didn’t give affection
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Try to forget this…
Try to erase this…
From the blackboard.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS91knuzoOA&noredirect=1

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