Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany By Use Schütte

Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany By Use Schütte

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The story of the phenomenon that is Kraftwerk, and how one band revolutionized the cultural landscape of our time.

‘We are not artists nor musicians. We are workers.’ Ignoring nearly all rock traditions, experimenting in near-total secrecy in their Düsseldorf studio, Kraftwerk fused sound and technology, graphic design and performance, modernist Bauhaus aesthetics and Rhineland industrialisation–even human and machine–to change the course of modern music. What they created changed the course of pop music forever, influencing artists as diverse as Björk, Joy Division, David Bowie, and Kanye West. This is the story of Kraftwerk the cultural phenomenon, who turned electronic music into avant-garde concept art and created the soundtrack to our digital age.

 

Paperback- 336 Pages

 

PRAISE
“A highly stimulating critical biography. Written from a European perspective, Kraftwerk is a pleasure to read.” —Jon Savage, New Statesman (London)
 
“An engaging critical introduction to the band . . . you can see them everywhere: most fascinatingly in hip-hop, most obviously in techno music, but also in the chrome-helmeted anonymity of Daft Punk, in the industrial philosophy of Factory Records and the Haçienda nightclub, and, ultimately, in the general trajectory of pop music ever since Kraftwerk’s run of great albums between 1974 and 1981.” —Karl Whitney, The Guardian (London)
 
“As the music of the twentieth century fades from our ears, Kraftwerk’s sound is still moving.” —Jay Elwes, The Spectator (London)
 
“I read Uwe Schütte’s fascinating new book, and became convinced again of Kraftwerk’s peculiar genius. . . . They remain revolutionary because they have given modern music its primitive pulse.” —Jude Rogers, Prospect
 
“Schütte proposes that Kraftwerk was, in effect, a redemptive project, a reclamation of prewar modernism and its aims. . . . This book is the German take on the German pop phenomenon.” —John Quin, The Quietus