Do not read this book unless you are; in descending order of relevance:
A lifelong Kraftwerk fan (like me).
A serious Krautrock aficionado (like me).
An electronica fanboy (like me).
A general music enthusiast with a taste for the obscure (like me).
A music geek (like me).
A techno/hip hop/detroit house fan looking into that genre’s roots.
(Or all of the above.)
It’s a love affair with Kraftwerk by a true beleiver and a forensic researcher who has thoroughly investigated all of Kraftwerk’s music in chronological order with neat insights into the inspiration for each record (and tour) and the influence they had.
But more than that, it’s a psychological analysis of the minds of Florian Schneider (RIP) and Ralf Hütter – the main creative driving forces of the band from the late 60’s until now.
It argues very strongly that Kraftwerk are by no means simply a pop (or even music) group, they are an art form that started in industrialle Volksmusik before creating their own zeitgeist or Gesamtkunsterwerk.
In places it’s heavy on the cod philosophy and would be a mighty slog were it not for the 14 point type that makes pages easily consumable.
It’s light on humour, indeed it’s light on most stuff other than information and philosophy, and a heavy dose of ‘Man Machine’ talk but I, for one, found it a right riveting read.
Glory glory to the Krafties.