In typical BBC4 fashion, here is Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany: A full panoramic breakdown of the rise of one of the most influential sounds from Europe.
“From 1968 – 77 German bands like Neu!, Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk looked beyond US/UK rock ‘n roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past. But that didn’t stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling the sound Krautrock… This brilliant documentary examines how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war — and music that inspired Bowie, Eno, Iggy Pop, and countless musicians today.”
It’s an incredible analytical study featuring extensive interviews with many of the genre’s pioneering musicians. We especially loved the bits on how Kraftwerk got their handmade leather shoes, interviews with Can frontman Damo Suzuki, and that recently viral clip of Iggy Pop describing the time he went hunting for asparagus with Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk.
72-minutes of Stereolab live in Danbury, Connecticut. In 1994, Stereolab was hitting a creative peak. They’d just released “Mars Audiac Quintet,” their heavy-duty Krautrock-inspired fourth album, and five […]