About this title Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy is an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to delve into the highly influential and expansive genre that changed the face of music forever. Each of these groups as well as many, many others 32 bands total are profiled in this book along with a wealth of rare photos, cover art, posters, and other rare visual materials. From the Back Cover: The late s in West Germany was a period of profound breakthroughs, upheavals and reversals. Communes were spreading, protests organized throughout the entire country, the desire to begin everything anew permeating the young.

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Shelves: music , non-fiction Krautrock is one of the most neglected yet important genres in popular music. Without it, 70s rock would have been doomed to keep aping the blues with ever-diminishing marginal returns while everyone else went off to have fun with disco or get stoned to reggae or, worse, watch as pop music degenerated from 60s Beatles majesty to 70s Brotherhood Of Man irrelevance.

The Ramones get the credit for English punk, but Neu! Now, CD re-issues have made Krautrock available to everyone who wondered what Julian Cope, Stereolab, John Lydon, Radiohead and countless others were wittering on about, so the renewed interest makes a definitive book essential. Content is important, but no reviewer can ignore the glaring flaws in production. Other reviewers have complimented it, but such claims are madness. This book was made by amateurs.

I have read praise for the photography, but most of the pictures are mundane and some are unquestionably poor. Other pictures lose their captions in the same gutter. No designer is ignorant of where the centre of the page is. Worse, the font seems to be Courier or something similar. Can I offer a bit of advice to the whizzo - sorry, amateur - designer who chose that font? Mate, you would have done a better job using Comic Sans.

Oh, sorry, the content. Since I was given this book as a present towards the end of summer, there were enough bright, sunny days left for me to read it. The biographies of the bands and the main producers, which make up three-quarters of the book, are pretty solid. All of the main bands are there, as well as several more minor luminaries. Even La Dusseldorf, who are probably as much Neue Deutsch Welle as Krautrock, get a look in, but the main interest lies in the first quarter of the book where the contibutors discuss the origins and context of Krautrock.

These are fascinating and are what for me earn the book its stars. David Stubbs writes a fine essay on the origins of the genre, ably supported by Ken Hollings and Michael Faber. This I have to hear. The other is the the sprawling and irrelevant piece by Erik Davis - his only contribution to the book, even though he seems to get top billing among the contributors - who dribbles on about the cosmic without suggesting any awareness of what the book was about and whose only interesting points were made much better by Hollings.

Nevertheless, this is an interesting book that curates much of the knowledge about a hugely important musical movement. But it could have been so much better. However it had a lot of interesting content, and fantastic pictures.


Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy

Communes were spreading, protests organized throughout the entire country, the desire to begin everything anew permeating the young. Out of this climate, a music scene exploded that would forever change the face of western rock; at times anarchic, at others mystical, magical, or utopian, it pushed rock beyond any known limits. Never a genre or a movement per se, Krautrock encompassed a very wild and diverse range of sounds, attitudes, and past musics, from free jazz to Karlheinz Stockhausen, from dada to Fluxus, from German Romanticism to the Mothers of Invention. The musicians operated outside any known categories, breaking new ground and turning their backs to both their country s past and the conventions of Anglo-American rock. Their vision fired the imaginations of generations of musicians after them: Cabaret Voltaire, Brian Eno, Nurse with Wound, PiL, DAF, Einsturzende Neubauten, to only name a few, have all acknowledged their debt to Krautrock s uncompromising ethics and innovative sounds. From the relentless drum beating of Amon Duul, to the eastern-tinged mysticism of Popol Vuh and the sonic assaults of Conrad Schnitzler, "Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy" traces the history of this phenomenon.



Gogis To ask other readers ihs about Krautrockplease sign up. The easy way out. Refresh and try again. David Stubbs writes a fine essay on the origins of the genre, ably supported by Ken Hollings and Michael Faber. Bill rated it really liked it Nov 18, Internaut rated it liked it Apr 08, Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Jun 30, Ipswichblade rated it really liked it.

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