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Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music

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"Without them there would have been no hip hop, no house, no ambient music, no electro and even Michael Jackson with whom they flatly refused to collaborate would have sounded different. Bussy engagingly explains why they're one of the few groups who've actually changed how music sounds," was how Q Magazine chose to describe this insightful biography.Now updated and revise

Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 31st 1993 by Firefly Publishing (first published 1993)
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Sarah A
Apr 03, 2012 Sarah A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most informative book I've been able to find on this group thus far. Has a lot of pics and talks about the beginning when Florian and Ralf initially met and conceived the notion for th music. I love the ambient movement because I find it to be very ecclectic and diversified. My only complaint is that the book really does tend to center around the heyday of their career.
Kraftwerk's notorious high level of secrecy, an integral part of the band's underlying concept and a source of amusingly surreal anecdotes from the author, results in this being a decidedly odd read compared to every other band biography I've read so far. The little interviewing the author has done of Kraftwerk's central members are cryptic and sparse, the bulk of testimony coming from either former members or previous interviews if not outsiders the band has interacted with.

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This is an objective and modest approach to the inside world of Ralph and Florian. If the end results are not all that informative for a follower of the Düsseldorf duo, the reason is simple. This book is something of a semi official biography, written with the support of Kling-Klang, the clique that dwell’s in secrecy and concealed creativeness.
Aug 13, 2007 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
More music. Kraftwerk are kind of an enigma--super secretive, rarely releasing music as they haven't released anything of great worth since '82! I liked reading how totally into the ideology they are and how their views on music and image interconnect. I just loved reading how their early stuff was made and the ideas that were behind them.
Thomas Strömquist
"A biography of a band as non-disclosing as Kraftwerk can of course not be expected to contain any major revelations or surprises and this book really doesn't. Instead it is more of a extended album review covering the entire back catalogue, interspersed with some anecdotes and hypothesis. Recommended if especially interested."
Devin Tait
Jun 27, 2011 Devin Tait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very insightful and interesting read. I didn't know much about Kraftwerk before but I always knew they had influences a lot of my favorite bands, so I thought I'd give this book a try when my mom gave it to me. I really enjoyed it and had to start tracking down Kraftwerk albums shortly after finishing it.
Feb 13, 2007 milton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
while written mostly from an almost hearsay point of view, an interesting look into the lives and music of the pioneers of electronic modern music.
Francisco Luis
Jul 15, 2012 Francisco Luis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most depth study about the top electronic band ever. Including interviews with Hütter and Schültz. Interesting if you're a big fan.
Feb 10, 2013 SL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not terribly illuminating, but interesting nonetheless. Made me listen to all my Kraftwerk records...!
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