Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop by Sean AlbiezKraftwerk: Music Non-Stop by Sean Albiez

Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop

EditorSean Albiez, David Pattie

Paperback | November 18, 2010

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When they were creating and releasing their most influential albums in the mid to late 1970s, Kraftwerk were far from the musical mainstream - and yet it is impossible now to imagine the history of popular music without them. Today, Kraftwerk are considered to be an essential part of pop's DNA, alongside artists like the Beatles, the Velvet Underground, and Little Richard. Kraftwerk's immediate influence might have been on a generation of synth-based bands (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the Human League, Depeche Mode, Yello, et al), but their influence on the emerging dance culture in urban America has proved longer lasting and more decisive. This collection of original essays looks at Kraftwerk - their legacy and influence - from a variety of angles, and demonstrates persuasively and coherently that however you choose to define their art, it's impossible to underestimate the ways in which it predicted and shaped the future.
Title:Kraftwerk: Music Non-StopFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.04 × 6.1 × 0.76 inPublished:November 18, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1441191364

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Introduction: The (Ger)man Machines David Pattie I. Music, Technology and Culture 1. Autobahn and Heimatkl¿nge: Soundtracking the FRG Sean Albiez and Kyrre Tromm Lindvig 2. Kraftwerk and the Image of the Modern David Cunningham 3. Kraftwerk - The Decline of the Pop Star Pertti Gr¿nholm 4. Authentic Replicants: Brothers between Decades between Kraftwerk(s) Simon Piasecki and Robert Wilsmore 5. Kraftwerk: Technology and Composition Carsten Brocker (Translated by Michael Patterson) 6. Kraftwerk: Playing the Machines David Pattie II. Influences and Legacies 7. Europe Non- Stop: West Germany, Britain and the Rise of Synthpop 1975-81 Sean Albiez 8. Vorsprung durch Technik - Kraft werk and the British Fixation with Germany Richard Witts 9. 'Dragged into the Dance' - The Role of Kraftwerk in the Development of Electro- Funk Joseph Toltz 10. Average White Band: Kraftwerk and the Politics of Race Mark Duffett 11. Trans-Europa Express: Tracing the Trance Machine Hillegonda Rietveld Discography Index

Editorial Reviews

"No one but C-3PO makes love to Kraftwerk. No one liked them much to begin with - certainly not in Germany.Yet they eventually managed to attract sufficient critical mass to create a new star. And everyone else found themselves firmly in orbit.This book of original essays scrutinises their cultural influence from all angles. Here, Kraftwerk are cast as Cousins of Iggy Pop, Duchamp, Gilbert and George, Heirs to Hitler, Stockhausen, Gropius and The Beach Boys. Brothers of Beuys and Bambaataa, Kin to Kiefer, Godfathers of British Pop, Uncles of Rave, Midwives of Detroit Techno, Sperm Donors of Dance - as mysterious and potent as the monoliths in 2001, as daft as Punk, as indispensible to understanding modern culture as Musclebuilding, Warhol, or Strictly Ballroom.If this book were a film, it would move from macro to micro every scene, if it were a meal it would be prepared by Heston Blumenthal. It's a mutation waltz, a stumble rumba, a nimble mambo, a complex minuet - and proof that cultural critics can dance." - John Foxx, synthpop pioneer and multi-media artist