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Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fatboy Slim, the Prodigy, the Chemical Brothers these are just a few of the major names in contemporary dance culture whose work owes a huge debt to Kraftwerk. Pioneers of electronic minimalism in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Kraftwerk redefined pop music. When they split up in the early 1980s, founding member Wolfgang Flur discovered his name dropped from album credits and the ...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published May 30th 2003 by Sanctuary Publishing Ltd (first published November 29th 2000)
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Matthew
I thought the Spacemen 3 biography was bad but this makes it look like high literature. I dislike the ‘so bad it’s good’ cliché but this really is so awful in it’s hilarious, exhaustive badness that it does almost come out the other side. The trashiness is so extreme that at times I had to stop and question whether the whole thing is a massive pisstake, but after much contemplation I have to conclude the author really does believe what he writes.

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Martin
Mar 12, 2007 Martin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: music nerds
An interesting perspective from the inside on a band that has thrown up a famously opaque facade for the last 35 years. You can't help but sense that Flur has a serious axe to grind, especially with Ralf Hutter so as entertaining as some of his recollections are, I think that factually you have to take them with a grain of salt. I'm sure it also reads a little smoother in the original German. But all the caveats aside, it still makes a fascinating read, perhaps mostly to people who are already f ...more
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Rory Storm
couldn't actually finish this, I'm sad to say. Got 2/3rds of the way through, and what had been an unintentionally hilarious tell-all sexual confessional/diatribe against former bandmates became.... embarrassing and tedious. Very hard to know where it's genuinely naive, and where he's overplaying the faux-naivety to, presumably, get you on-side, to come across like a big Labrador with fluffy ears and a slobber. He's just being friendly! and I think, perhaps, a little too friendly if you're a lad ...more
Anastasia
As a Kraftwerk fan, I was most interested in reading about their music, and the (non existent) group dynamics. While it was a great insight to hear about the build-up to when Flür was accepted into the band, and the bits about their gear, studio and musicianship, I was less impressed by stories such as when the then 33-year old Wolfgang seduces a Hungarian minor. I for one enjoyed the philosophical musings which others seem to dislike, but to be honest, after 2/3 I was ready to give up the book ...more
Declan Stylofone
I loved it as a Kraftwerk fan, but it's also a unique document of post-war popular culture. Wolfgang has the pulse of 1968 beating inside him, and he tried to reconcile the 60s social revolution with the techno-pop innovations he was part of. His account of hearing "My Generation" for the first time is as phallicly fantastic as Iggy Pop's tale of how he escaped conscription... pure rock and roll mythology!
Emma Alexander
Overall i liked this book. I was laughing a lot as in the beginning and it was interesting to learn how they constructed their first instruments and it gave me a real in sight on the members of the band. Towards the end I felt it was a little dreary and repetitive but overall I really enjoyed it!
Matt
This was certainly interesting and provided some nice insight about Kraftwerk and their music. . . but. . . Flur tended to ramble and wax philosophical for pages on end, which bogged down the book in parts.
David
I found it interesting and certainly a look at Kraftwerk from a different perspective. I read the German version, so cannot vouch for the English translation however.
milton
a good account of his place as one half of kraftwerk's percussion section before his departure due to lack of output from this legendary band.
Per Westby
The book is interesting for what it reveals about Kraftwerk, but it is not very well written and some stories are quite boring.
Nic Hartmann
This boom neither reads well nor provides any solid insight into what people want to know most about Kraftwerk.
James
Kraftwerk drummer contains multitudes
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