New Book to Chart Krautrock's History
Published Sep 17, 2009If band names like Faust and Can get your inner nerd all, like, re-alphabetizing your vinyl collection and stuff, have we got good news for you. A new book celebrating all things Krautrock will be released on November 3.
Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy, edited by Nikos Kotsopoulos, is being published by Black Dog Publishing (who have published a number of similarly obsessive, fringe-dwelling tomes).
The Black Dog site says the book "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."
It goes on to say, "The late 1960s in West Germany was a period of profound breakthroughs, upheavals and reversals. Communes were spreading, protests organised throughout the entire country, the desire to begin everything anew permeating the young. Out of this climate, a music scene exploded that would forever change the face of Western rock; at times anarchic, at others mystical, and utopian, it pushed rock beyond any known limits."
And with the style of music - which originated in Germany in the late '60s but gained its popularity through its '70s output - seeing more popularity these days, the book couldn't have dropped at a better time.
Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy is 192 pages, with 220 pictures, both in colour and black and white. You can order it here.