Censure acquits THE RAVEN but pursues the dove

by Jeff

JUN121129 Censure acquits THE RAVEN but pursues the doveMedia Release — In 2000, veteran rock ‘n’ roller Lou Reed, legendary director Robert Wilson, and a cast of singers and actors premiered Reed’s musical POEtry in Hamburg’s Thalia Theater.

An ambitious combination of Edgar Allen Poe’s poems and stories and Reeds reinterpretations of same (with a few classic Reed songs such as “Perfect Day” and “The Bed” integrated for good measure, POEtry bridged the centuries to provide a unique vision of beauty and horror for the dawning 21st century.

In 2003, Reed released (under the title The Raven) a double CD reprising the musical, featuring an all-star cast of singers and actors including Steve Buscemi, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson. Willem Dafoe, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, as well as an edited single-CD version focusing on the songs.

Now, for the definitive book version compiling the songs, verses and narratives that comprise POEtry/The Raven, Reed has personally commissioned legendary Italian illustrator and cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Stigmata) to visualize this extraordinary collaboration. Mattotti’s vivid, abstracted and enigmatic artwork brings out all the terror and beauty of this centuries-spanning masterwork.

For our edition of this book, we enlisted Grammy Award-nominated designer Jesse LeDoux to create the striking jacket design.

16-page excerpt (download 2.2 MB PDF) including the Table of Contents and Reed’s foreword

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The Raven (Softcover Ed.)
by Lorenzo Mattotti & Lou Reed

166-page full-color 9″ x 9″ softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-585-3

Ships in: September 2012 (subject to change)

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