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The Raven (2011)

by Lou Reed, Lorenzo Mattotti (Illustrator), Edgar Allan Poe (Inspiration)

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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. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802117562, Hardcover)

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; the work on one iconoclastic genius offering a haunting exploration of another.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:34 -0400)

Back in 2003, Lou Reed paid tribute to poet Edgar Allan Poe with his sprawling album, The Raven. This gorgeous book of art and poetry, made in collaboration with Italian illustrator Lorenzo Mattotti, shares its title with that album and further explores Reed's fascination with Poe's work. Reed's poetically streetwise sensibility and style works in surprising harmony with Poe's dark chronicles of terror and despair, just as Mattotti's vivid, abstracted and enigmatic paintings perfectly complement Reed's haunting, contemporary interpretation of Poe's vision.… (more)

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