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Kraftwerk (häftad)


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Häftad Engelska, 2020-02-27
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'Highly stimulating ... Kraftwerk is a pleasure to read' Jon Savage, New Statesman The story of the phenomenon that is Kraftwerk, and how they revolutionised our cultural landscape 'We are not artists nor musicians. We are workers.' Ignoring nearly all rock traditions, experimenting in near-total secrecy in their Dusseldorf studio, Kraftwerk fused sound and technology, graphic design and performance, modernist Bauhaus aesthetics and Rhineland industrialisation - even human and machine - to change the course of modern music. This is the story of Kraftwerk the cultural phenomenon, who turned electronic music into avant-garde concept art and created the soundtrack to our digital age.
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Schutte positions Kraftwerk not merely as a popular music phenomenon but as the embodiment of our transition from the uncertainty and hope of post-war Europe through to 21st century techno-hyperreality. A forensic analysis of Kraftwerk's socio-political roots and their ongoing cultural effect. Schutte sees beyond the regular band trivia to show a deeper understanding of the impact of Kraftwerk on all aspects of popular culture which enclose us. -- Dr Stephen Mallinder, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire and Wrangler Born in Germany but based in the UK, Schutte is able to assess Kraftwerk from both the German and non-German perspective. This is a lucid, accessible, authoritative and indispensable account of the Dusseldorf group once mocked for their Teutonic 'otherness', who went on to lay the foundations for modern electronic music. -- David Stubbs, author of Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany As the music of the 20th century fades from our ears, Kraftwerk's sound is still moving. -- Jay Elwes * The Spectator * An engaging critical introduction to the band ... you can see them everywhere: most fascinatingly in hip-hop, most obviously in techno music, but also in the chrome-helmeted anonymity of Daft Punk, in the industrial philosophy of Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub, and, ultimately, in the general trajectory of pop music ever since Kraftwerk's run of great albums between 1974 and 1981. -- Karl Whitney * The Guardian * A highly stimulating critical biography. Written from a European perspective, Kraftwerk is a pleasure to read. -- Jon Savage * New Statesman *

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Uwe Schutte is a Reader in German at Aston University, Birmingham, where he teaches and researches contemporary Austrian and German literature, the writer W.G. Sebald and German popular music.