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Paperback, 140 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Head Heritage
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I was very fortunate to get the opportunity to read this book at all. Back when British postpunk/psychedelic musician Julian Cope self-published this book in the mid-90s, it sold quickly and soon went out of print. He's done a couple of reprint editions since then, but there just aren't that many copies of this in existence, and since it is currently out of print, any that are for sale tend to go for upwards of $100. I wasn't willing to pay that much, but due to the good graces of the internet, ...more
Timothy Gabriele
This book is definitely written as a fanboy love letter. I had heard much about it and was hoping there'd be more in the way of historical information. There's some, but each band is only limited to a chapter each and a few pages at that. Some, like Popul Vuh and Guru Guru (and Kraftwerk!), only come up briefly. Also, an epilogue would be nice as Cope only sees the era ending as he thinks each suggestive band gets exhausted (for Can, this means before Soon Over Babaluma! Blasphemy!). Overall, it ...more
David Manns
There's not many books on the subject of Krautrock, or Kosmische Musik, but Cope's was one of the first to bring the music back into something approaching the mainstream. Cope's approach is that of the fanboy, a headlong rush to preach the Krautrock gospel and convert the uninitiated. Sadly that means objectivity goes out of the window.

The early part of the book where Cope sets the scene and introduces the main players is good and his pieces on bands such as Neu! and Tangerinee Dream are effecti
Sep 27, 2013 R rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Timothy Leary
Long out of print, I finally managed to find a PDF (and some GHB and BC-2 to go along) and I jumped in the magical top dropped acid dropped deuce&1/4 and left with the cosmic couriers to find God knows what.

Finding a good treasure trove of things in Cope's newer JAPROCKSAMPLER, I was hoping my world would be opened up here, having never gotten the $ to be able to read this first. It's kind of a cosmic sneeze, really. You know what's coming and its exciting and a total rush, man, but there is
Robert Jaz
Cope's Krautrocksampler is an absolute classic. It was one of the first books to break through and appear on record store shelves so that a kid from anywhere USA could learn about the great German musical experimenters in their prime period of creativity of the late '60s and early '70s, when Krautrock really was getting defined as a genre unto itself. While I would credit the Freeman Brothers and their Audion Magazine / Ultima Thule record shop as predating Cope with writing, reviewing, and maki ...more
It is pretty fair to say that no one expected Julian Cope to prove to be so well-suited to the task of historian and critic. This short, impassioned book on Krautrock - which essentially put the genre back on the map and gave it a critical shape by separating it from the lumpen morass of (mostly derivative) prog that it had to often share shelves and turntables with - came out in 1995 and was an immediate revelation. It has since gone out of print, although it is suggested that Cope will republi ...more
Sarah Goebel
Apr 04, 2012 Sarah Goebel marked it as to-read
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omg. have been wanting to read this for years but my library doesn't own it and it's been outta print + $80-$200 used on amazon. today i learned that the PDF form is here:

read fast, friends, in case it gets taken down!

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Very personal, idiosyncratic, and passionate. If you're into it, it's worth hunting down.

Also check out Julian Cope's "Head Heritage" Web site for more great, enthusiastic writings about heavy psychedelic music, old and new.
This is a very good initiation for anyone taking their first steps into the krautrock world, providing at first some general historical and sociological basis for its development in Germany and then focusing on bands seperately offering trivia and reviews. Even though it is very personalized at times, rather than an objective overview (as objective as you can be when talking about music...) it offers great input for anyone to start searching more. It also helped me discover Walter Wegmuller who' ...more
This book is more or less considered to be the Holy Grail of all Krautrock books. It's incredibly rare and insanely expensive. But it's all justified because of how influential it is to an entire sub-genre of music. For me to get my hands on a copy was about as exciting for a Krautrock fan as...well, getting my hands on any of the ultra-obscure albums included in Cope's hallowed "50 Best Albums" list.

Which brings me to my thoughts on the book. The book simply gets 4 stars for how influential it
This tiny tome packs a powerful punch! Written passionately by someone who experienced these albums as they came out and so he is able to portray the living context of their time period. Passionate, authentic and biased, but so detailed that enables you to make your own decisions. And most important - it makes the music come alive and had me reaching for the computer constantly to youtube songs or albums that I don't own or haven't heard yet.
While it is undeniably important in the popularization of Krautrock, it's less useful for a contemporary reader. Cope is a reasonably entertaining writer, but KrautRockSampler has the feel of an out-of-date textbook. The band bios are sub-liner-notes in quality and don't have much that you can't get from a well written Wikipedia page. His list of 50 top Krautrock records leaves out canonical records like Can's Future Days as well as bands like Agitation Free that were uncovered more recently.

Guía fundamental para viajar la época (finales de los años 60-principios de los 70) en la que el rock alemán construyó su propia tradición desde la nada sembrada tras la II Guerra Mundial, para lanzarla inmediatamente después al espacio y alumbrar la llamada Kosmische Musik. El estilo de Cope, ruidoso, místico, sofocante y alucinado, muy pop, y en ocasiones basado en descripciones literalmente imposibles, tiene la sonoridad perfecta para un libro así. Su top 50 de álbumes es ideal para escuchar ...more
If you're reading this review, you've likely already made up your mind to read this staple text.

Whatever anyone says about Julian Cope, this book is canon in the history and development of elektronishe kosmische musik.

It was a breeze of a read - completed in one quick and enlightening sitting, and surely inspires the reader to look up the recordings cited and to further explore the wonderful sounds of Germany's motorik music.

While English printings command hundreds of dollars on any used book ma
blair corbett
this is a wonderful, if regrettably brief, overview of one of the most fertile and fascinating periods of music. i read it accompanying a deep immersion in the waters of krautrock and it has been a great experience i would recommend to anyone. sometimes cope's attempts to describe things are a tad clumsy and either fall short or oversell the music itself, but i found his blazing enthusiasm most endearing. yes, it could be argued that his campaign to smear most of british progressive rock while p ...more
Kimmo Sinivuori
I love this book for two reasons. First, when it came out it introduced me to the wunderbare welt of Krautrock (if lucky you could then still find many of the original albums that Cope writes about.) Second, it is absolutely hilarious. Cope's writing is funny, personal, informative, full of enthusiasm and most importantly it is independent. We need these kinds of independent publications that cover subjects that no established publisher would touch with a long stick. We also need great personali ...more
Jon Yates
Was finally able to peruse this one via .pdf file, and I must say, it's a doozy! Cope's love for the "krautrock" scene is infectious, and some of the behind the scenes insights really helped flesh out the intricate web that is German experimental music for someone who considered himself (wrongly) and authority on the subject. How about an expanded reissue of this bad boy, eh?
Alex Ott
I read it at one sitting. Although I know much about Krautrock (Germany rock) scene, anyway it was interesting reading, often with personal impressions from different groups, etc.
P.S. I read Russian edition, the translation was pretty good (I can't change edition, although I created corresponding edition of this book)...
Julian Cope makes every band he writes about sound like the best band in the world, even the shitty ones
Very nice book - the history of Krautrock, including the deep roots, most significant acts and its decline, written in a very easy-to-read manner. It was my second immersion into Krautrock history after the BBC documentary "Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany"
Well crafted and clearly written guide to all that's best about a diverse group of seminal artists whose influence on modern music is only just being given the appreciation and credit it deserves. A book for fans and the curious alike and very well written.
I also just started the pdf version. Very, very cool book about a time and place in music history that continues to blow this music nerd's mind. Ausgezeichnet!
Matt M
This book is a fun read. I learned about the history of psychedelic german rock through the lens of an aging witty british rocker.
Feb 28, 2009 Augie is currently reading it
i am reading this as a pdf. Anyone out there have a hard copy? I mean, one that doesn't cost 400 dollars.
Vladimir Toss
Funny jokes about Henry Cow made by crazy krautlover. Informative but passionate at one time.
Oct 27, 2013 Nora added it
Julian Cope is very readable and funny. Great book but will not get me into musique concrete!
A comprehensive chronicle of an oft-overlooked musical period. Truly totemic.
Jan 27, 2009 James marked it as to-read
Recommended to James by: Matt
just downloaded the pdf. looks great (though poorly scanned).
hmm, well i need to find a copy i can afford first...
Davin Kuntze
Feb 05, 2008 Davin Kuntze marked it as to-read
if anyone has a copy of this out there ....
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Julian Cope (born Julian David Cope, on 21 October 1957) is a British rock musician, author, antiquary, musicologist, poet and cultural commentator. Originally coming to prominence in 1978 as the singer and songwriter in Liverpool post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes, he has followed a solo career since 1983 and initiated musical side projects such as Queen Elizabeth, Brain Donor and Black Sheep. ...more
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