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This is a portrait of this mysterious band's career.


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30 review for Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah S

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Moreno Pini

    Hay pocos relatos o articulos sobre Kraftwerk y su proceso creativo.pese a ser una influencia muy grande en toda la musica de los años 80 (depeche mode, gary numan,...) el techno de los 90 y toda la electrónica desde los 70. Pascal Bussy tuvo relaci con ellos en sus frecuentes visitas a francia y es de los pocos reporteros que ha visitado los estudios Kling klang. Cada capitulo se centra en uno de sus discos anlizando los diferentes interesea de RAlf y Florian, pues cada uno estan construidos alre Hay pocos relatos o articulos sobre Kraftwerk y su proceso creativo.pese a ser una influencia muy grande en toda la musica de los años 80 (depeche mode, gary numan,...) el techno de los 90 y toda la electrónica desde los 70. Pascal Bussy tuvo relaci con ellos en sus frecuentes visitas a francia y es de los pocos reporteros que ha visitado los estudios Kling klang. Cada capitulo se centra en uno de sus discos anlizando los diferentes interesea de RAlf y Florian, pues cada uno estan construidos alrededor de un concepto que se analiza desde puntos diferentes a veces serios otra vez con ironía. También el aspecto gráfico es analizado ya que está muy relacionado con los conceptos de cada album. Mencio aparte merecen los dummies o robots que se convirtieron en una seña de identidad de la banda durante 30 años. La unica pega es que la historia acaba en los años noventa y al acabar nos quedamos co ganas de seguir conociendo la evolucion del grupo en sus últimos años.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dozy Pilchard

    A very enjoyable read. Well rounded and informative. The book covers both the member's musical lives and also their seemingly equally important leisure pastimes, therefore providing a well balanced picture for the reader. The member's of Kraftwerk are notoriously private individuals, so this level of insight is no mean feat. Unfortunately I recently sold my copy of this book, just prior to the death of Florian Schneider. The value of the book has since tripled. If you get a copy. Hold on tight t A very enjoyable read. Well rounded and informative. The book covers both the member's musical lives and also their seemingly equally important leisure pastimes, therefore providing a well balanced picture for the reader. The member's of Kraftwerk are notoriously private individuals, so this level of insight is no mean feat. Unfortunately I recently sold my copy of this book, just prior to the death of Florian Schneider. The value of the book has since tripled. If you get a copy. Hold on tight to it. It's a gem.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    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. By far the most illu 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. By far the most illuminating part of the book covers Kraftwerk's early years, before their signature music style and public image had crystallised into its familiar form, not in the least because Kraftwerk disowns their output before "Autobahn" and refuse to re-release it. Pascal Bussy does a great job detailing the roots of Kraftwerk's soundscape to not just the minimalist modern classical of Karlheinz Stockhausen & Company but also those previous pop/rock traditions they're today seen as breaking completely with, and the music's thematic content to the social context of post-WW2 Germany as well as the "Kosmische Musik" subculture. (better known as "Krautrock" to non-Teutons) It's when Kraftwerk become the band we know and love today that the book becomes a somewhat awkward reading experience, because that's when Schneider and company become as reclusive as now. For reasons that admittedly have been beyond the author's control, the book here becomes less about Kraftwerk than the hows and whys of their influence on younger artists. It's not useless because I've indeed been curious to find out exactly how electronic music evolved from the Kosmische Musik era to its current incarnations, but that's neither quite what I borrowed this book at the library to discover.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bagatela

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Devin Tait

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JBP

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    SL

    Not terribly illuminating, but interesting nonetheless. Made me listen to all my Kraftwerk records...!

  10. 5 out of 5

    milton

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Francisco Luis Benítez

    The most depth study about the top electronic band ever. Including interviews with Hütter and Schültz. Interesting if you're a big fan.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Apolonio Aguiar

  13. 4 out of 5

    Eric Vincent

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bob Laubach

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    Luis Farrolas

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brian Duguid

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannu Tikkanen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alistair

  20. 5 out of 5

    J

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hillström

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wee Gary

  23. 4 out of 5

    Håkan Eriksson

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy Brøner

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    Peter

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Martin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Aaron

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