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Prog SEPTEMBER 2014 - by Chris Roberts
DAVID STUBBS - FUTURE DAYS: KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY
Definitive study and celebration of Krautrock and kin.
"Bowie's fascination with Europe, specifically Germany, was in part morbid, poseurish and facile," writes David Stubbs, adding, "but his 'Berlin phase' certainly offered validation to the movement." Many of us got into krautrock via gateway-drug Bowie, but others discovered it through semi-hidden doors, be they the alien rumblings of Can, the wild prog-psych of Amon Düül or the wry anti-blues of Kraftwerk. Its influence on electronica and ambient is deep and far-reaching, yet few have analysed or understood its birth, growth and self-contradictory strength. This exemplary book does so with keen intelligence, cross-cultural insight and delicious prose. Future Days covers the rise and reverberations of the aforementioned acts, plus Faust, Neul, Cluster, Eno, Conny Plank, Ash Ra Tempel and many others, with interviews from figures as disparate as Holger Czukay and Jim Kerr. Ultimately, it soon becomes more than a music book by probing the psycho-geography of post-war Germany: its evolving attitude towards rebel-art, America, the future and itself. A modern classic