- The writer:
Edgar Allan Poe
- The rock bands:
The Allan Parsons Project
The influence of Edgar All Poe on rock and roll music has indeed been great. Many musicians admired him deeply and drew inspiration from his works.
The Alan Parsons Project turned Poe's work into a full-length concept album in the 1976 called Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
In the cover of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the most recognizable faces was that of Poe, in the center of the top row. The same year, 1967, the Beatles declared in their song "I Am the Walrus," "Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe." Both the phrases "kicking Edgar Allan Poe" and "elementary penguin" apparently refer to a Penguin paperback edition of a book by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Alan Parsons Project turned Poe's work into a full-length concept album in the 1976 called Tales of Mystery and Imagination. The record was entirely based on Poe's stories and poems. Opening with an instrumental named for Poe's poem "A Dream Within a Dream", the album featured songs based on "The Raven", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "To One in Paradise", as well as a five-part rock symphony called "The Fall of the House of Usher". A remixed version of the album, featuring narration by Orson Welles, was released in 1987.
Finnish goth-metal singer Ville Valo of the band HIM frequently cites Poe's work as the inspiration for many of his lyrics, even sporting a tattoo of Poe's eyes on his back. Marilyn Manson has been quoted saying that some of his inspiration for his music and art comes from Edgar Allan Poe's works, and has even painted a portrait of Poe. Several heavy metal bands have made reference to Poe in their recordings. Iron Maiden recorded a song titled "Murders in the Rue Morgue" for their second album, 1981's Killers.
The Raven made Edgar Allan Poe nationally famous. It is a narrative poem which was first published in January 1845. The poem itself was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty by Charles Dickens.
Immediately popular after the poem's publication in 1845, it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. Considered to be the best poem ever written, it has been frequently referenced and parodied in contemporary culture. In the TV show The Addams Family, Morticia uses "The Raven" as a bed-time story to her son Pugsley, reciting it as a nursery rhyme. The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror" parodies the poem in its third segment as Lisa reads the story to Bart and Maggie. In the animated segment, Homer serves as the protagonist and Bart takes the raven's form.
Numerous metal bands (such as Cradle of Filth and Grave Digger) have been largely influenced by The Raven. The Alan Parsons Project album Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976) includes a song based on "The Raven" and entitled the same, but with only two verses. it is even believed that the song "Campanas en la Noche" ("Bells in the Night") by the Argentine rock band Los Tipitos, telling the tale of a man wishing for the return of his lover, is loosely based on the poem. This relationship is even more evident in the song's video. There is even a beer -Raven Beer- which is brewed in honour of Baltimore's literary genius, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's image obviously adorns the bottle cap of Raven Beer.