“Dreamlike . . . Reed delivers some of the most personal lyrics of his career. . . . Reed has once again stretched the boundaries of popular music and, in doing so, has honored Edgar Allan Poe’s illustrious legacy, along with his own.”Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone
978-0-8021-1756-4 • $18.95 • Cloth • Sep. 2003
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.