Krautrock: German Music in the Seventies

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University of Michigan Press, Aug 30, 2016 - Music - 237 pages
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Krautrock is a catch-all term for the music of various white German rock groups of the 1970s that blended influences of African American and Anglo-American music with the experimental and electronic music of European composers. Groups such as Can, Popol Vuh, Faust, and Tangerine Dream arose out of the German student movement of 1968 and connected leftist political activism with experimental rock music and, later, electronic sounds. Since the 1970s, American and British popular genres such as indie, post-rock, techno, and hip-hop have drawn heavily on krautrock, ironically reversing a flow of influence krautrock originally set out to disrupt.

Among other topics, individual chapters of the book focus on the redefinition of German identity in the music of Kraftwerk, Can, and Neu!; on community and conflict in the music of Amon Düül, Faust, and Ton Steine Scherben; on “cosmic music” and New Age; and on Donna Summer’s and David Bowie’s connections to Germany. Rather than providing a purely musicological or historical account, Krautrock discusses the music as being constructed through performance and articulated through various forms of expressive culture, including communal living, spirituality, and sound.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Recordings of Can Kraftwerk and Neu
17
The Communes of Amon Düül Faust and Ton Steine Scherben
45
The kosmische Musik of Tangerine Dream Ash Ra Tempel Klaus Schulze and Popol Vuh
83
Popol Vuhs Soundtracks for Werner Herzog
110
Donna Summers Sound of Munich and David Bowies Berlin Trilogy
128
The Neue Deutsche Welle and Beyond
161
The 50 Most Important Krautrock Albums
175
Notes
195
Bibliography
217
Index
227
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Ulrich Adelt is Associate Professor for American Studies and African American and Diaspora Studies, University of Wyoming.

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