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Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy

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Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and its Legacy charts the history of this influential music genre, from its roots in free jazz, psychedelia and the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, to the groundbreaking experiments of Faust, Kraftwerk and Can. The late 1960s in West Germany was a period of profound breakthroughs, upheavals and reversals. Out of this climate, a music scene exploded t
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Black Dog Publishing (first published 2009)
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Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was fairly interesting and the pictures and artwork were nice, but I felt like I could have gotten the same info reading Allmusic for a few hours. To put it bluntly, the write-ups on each band were a bit half-assed. Probably the best part of the whole thing were some republished contemporary accounts of the so-called "scene." Somebody could certainly do a better job with this, maybe they will?
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The introductory chapters were REALLY good. Almost worth it alone. The remainder of the book is a little more like a reference book, devoting a few pages to each of the artists/bands. IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER. To me, that is weird. Do it chronologically, or by style, or by region. I don't care. The fact that they chose to cover the bands in alphabetical order seems like they were unable to determine any other way to do it. The easy way out. Please. Pictures are awesome and it contains a few really ...more
Patrick Neylan
Oct 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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! and Can were just as important, and were even more important when it comes to ...more
Colin Masso
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
This was like a coffee table book, and wasn't nearly as informative as I'd hoped. However it had a lot of interesting content, and fantastic pictures.
Lars Cronsioe
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Lots of band info and a good essay at the start
Thomas Leger
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is a great book, attentively designed. the pictures here are simply amazing, the essay on the more kosmische acts by erik davis is fantastic, and the piece by ken hollings is also a very interesting take on the era.
It is unfortunate that some less well known artists are left out, and at 190 or so pages it cannot be but an introduction to the era, but it is still an amazing read. highly recommended to both novices and fans alike.

Julie Gabb
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Sort of a basic book - as other reviewers were saying, you can get a way more thorough look at krautrock through even AllMusic or ProgArchives. The writeups were pretty simplistic, where I found myself looking at it like an encyclopedia rather than reading it through the entire thing.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fun, quick read. List of labels and list of bands.
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