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Former Beatle part of Pinochet 'torture soundtrack'

Prisoners captured under the rule of Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet were subjected to a "torture soundtrack" of songs by Julio Iglesias and former Beatle George Harrison, it has emerged.

George Harrison
The solo material of former Beatle George Harrison (above) was used as part of a "torture soundtrack" under Chilean dictator, Pinochet. Credit: PA

Loud music played during a torture session was part of the psychological suffering endured by prisoners held in Pinochet's notorious torture houses, concentration camps and prisons.

Harrison's My Sweet Lord, [the soundtrack to Stanley Kubrick's film A Clockwork Orange, and songs by Spanish crooner Iglesias were played for days at a time, former prisoners told researchers.

Dr Katia Chornik, a researcher from University of Manchester investigated the use of music on prisoner's in Pinochet's regime.


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