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.
Lou Reed (*1942) ist Begründer der legendären Rockband "Velvet Underground" und gilt als einer der einflussreichsten Musiker des 20. Jahrhunderts. Seit 1972 ist er auch als Solokünstler ("Walk on the wild side") erfolgreich. 1996 wurde er in die "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" aufgenommen, hat zahlreiche Platten gemacht und ist Chevalier Commander of Arts and Letters. Reed lebt mit der Künstlerin Laurie Anderson in New York.