Sunday, August 7, 2011

THE STRANGE CASE OF ROGER TULLGREN: WHEN ROCK MUSIC IS DECLARED AN ADDICTION

Roger Tullgren
A rock fan in Sweden is being paid income support to help pay for going to concerts – because psychologists agree he's addicted to music.

Roger Tullgren, 42, also has dispensation to miss work shifts to attend shows. And when he does appear in the Hassleholm restaurant which employs him as a kitchen porter, he's permitted to dress in the kind of clothes many of us would be sent home for wearing – and he's allowed to play his own music while he works.

"I've been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap. Finally three psychologists agreed I needed help to avoid being discriminated against," Father-of-two Tullgren tells The Local. "I have a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labour market. Therefore he needs financial help.'

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