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An iconoclastic genius offers a haunting exploration of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most influential and innovative recording artists of the past three decades, Lou Reed has always offered a shrewd view of life in the big city in all its colors. It is no surprise, then, that he considers Edgar Allan Poe a spiritual forefather. In The Raven, Reed immerses himself An iconoclastic genius offers a haunting exploration of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most influential and innovative recording artists of the past three decades, Lou Reed has always offered a shrewd view of life in the big city in all its colors. It is no surprise, then, that he considers Edgar Allan Poe a spiritual forefather. In The Raven, Reed immerses himself in Poe's enigmatic world and sets out to reimagine his work to mesmerizing effect. In 2001 Lou Reed, legendary theater director Robert Wilson, and an all-star cast presented the musical POEtry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Reed's subsequent studio adaptation, The Raven, has been hailed as one of his more daring and challenging albums. Here, accompanied by photographs by the acclaimed artist and director Julian Schnabel, is the definitive text of the CD release. The Raven includes Reed's distinctive takes on Poe's most celebrated works, as well as song lyrics written for the musical. The Raven is a fascinating meeting between a dark chronicler of the twentieth century and his nineteenth-century counterpart.


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An iconoclastic genius offers a haunting exploration of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most influential and innovative recording artists of the past three decades, Lou Reed has always offered a shrewd view of life in the big city in all its colors. It is no surprise, then, that he considers Edgar Allan Poe a spiritual forefather. In The Raven, Reed immerses himself An iconoclastic genius offers a haunting exploration of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most influential and innovative recording artists of the past three decades, Lou Reed has always offered a shrewd view of life in the big city in all its colors. It is no surprise, then, that he considers Edgar Allan Poe a spiritual forefather. In The Raven, Reed immerses himself in Poe's enigmatic world and sets out to reimagine his work to mesmerizing effect. In 2001 Lou Reed, legendary theater director Robert Wilson, and an all-star cast presented the musical POEtry at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Reed's subsequent studio adaptation, The Raven, has been hailed as one of his more daring and challenging albums. Here, accompanied by photographs by the acclaimed artist and director Julian Schnabel, is the definitive text of the CD release. The Raven includes Reed's distinctive takes on Poe's most celebrated works, as well as song lyrics written for the musical. The Raven is a fascinating meeting between a dark chronicler of the twentieth century and his nineteenth-century counterpart.

30 review for The Raven (Deluxe Limited Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    By turns beautiful and disturbing, Lou Reed has adapted the poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe as a musical, presented here as a book of lyrical poetry and prose. The illustrations by Mattotti are by turns dream-like and nightmarish, in both stark monochromes and vividly febrile colour. This is the first time I've seen Mattotti's artwork, so I can't compare it to any of his others, but as an isolated example I have to say he's able to brilliantly express Reed/Poe at both their most wistful and By turns beautiful and disturbing, Lou Reed has adapted the poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe as a musical, presented here as a book of lyrical poetry and prose. The illustrations by Mattotti are by turns dream-like and nightmarish, in both stark monochromes and vividly febrile colour. This is the first time I've seen Mattotti's artwork, so I can't compare it to any of his others, but as an isolated example I have to say he's able to brilliantly express Reed/Poe at both their most wistful and most morbid. Whether you're a fan of Reed, Poe or Mattotti, I don't see where you can go wrong with this book. Second Reading : I enjoyed it even more thoroughly than the first time - add an extra half-a-star. I miss Lou Reed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lbkyle

    Gloomful and Doomtownish If your into Mr. Poe, then you shall enjoy this little script of poetry

  3. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    A multi-format melange of poetry, song, theatre and visual art that is not quite the sum of its diverging parts but is nevertheless a fascinating exploration of both Poe's and Reed's work. The language the use compliment each other, showing the effect the imagery of writers such as Poe has had on the gothic and romantic elements of modern pop and rock, from Reed through the Cure and Placebo. It throws some fresh light on Poe's characters, and Reed's modernisation of the language adds a new twist A multi-format melange of poetry, song, theatre and visual art that is not quite the sum of its diverging parts but is nevertheless a fascinating exploration of both Poe's and Reed's work. The language the use compliment each other, showing the effect the imagery of writers such as Poe has had on the gothic and romantic elements of modern pop and rock, from Reed through the Cure and Placebo. It throws some fresh light on Poe's characters, and Reed's modernisation of the language adds a new twist, a more obvious eroticism and violence, to Poe's creations. The illustrations were not really to my taste but they complete the collection nicely. 5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    If you love Poe and Reed, then this is definitely for you. The illustrations are terrifying and mesmerizing. Sometimes very disturbing. But, they speak to you in a big way. Makes the poems so much more intriguing. " I'd like to solve the mysteries of life... by cutting someone's throat or removing their heart" You can't get more imaginative then that. RIP Lou Reed!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bettina

    There are two different books made in to one. The first book published in 2003 contains only the lyrics of the album the Raven. The second edition is illustrated and translated. Even in Dutch. Great book But again two different books where made in to one

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bernard Pauwels

    Een beetje overbodig boek, ware het niet van de illustraties van Matotti. Wie haalt het in zijn hoofd om een tekstbewerking te maken van een meesterwerk van Egard Allan Poe? Lou reed beter tegen een boom.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Simon Sweetman

    A good meeting of minds - Poe/Reed/Mattotti - makes me (almost) want to give the double-album another chance. Almost...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nofreeusernames Nofreeusernames

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah The Dyslexic Reader

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thim Sagefjord

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  14. 5 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bronsky Proko

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kheir

  20. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jesús Santana

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mario

  23. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Chavarria

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Madriz

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Gutierrez

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jan Petřík

  27. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  28. 5 out of 5

    markdh2468

  29. 4 out of 5

    Giuliano

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Horton

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