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Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

David Stubbs
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“David Stubbs deftly situates legends like Can, Faust, Neu! and Kraftwerk in their historical context—the politics and culture of post-WWII Germany. But more crucially, the rollicking energy of his prose and reeling majesty of his imagery convey everything about this music that transcends time and place.”
—Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Rip It Up and Start Again

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West Germany following the Second World War was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this disorientating landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental and various sounds that became known as Krautrock.

Eschewing the Anglo-American jazz/blues tradition, they took their inspiration from elsewhere: the mysticism of the East; the fractured classicism of Stockhausen; the pneumatic repetition of industry and the dense forests of the Rhineland; the endless winding of Autobahns.

Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Can and Kraftwerk. These may not all be household names, but the influence of their ruminative, expansive compositions upon Western popular music is incalculable. These groups were key to the development of postpunk, electronica and ambient music. Without them Bowie would not have made his Berlin trilogy, Talking Heads would have been a straight-ahead rock band, and the Pet Shop Boys would have a completely different stage act.

Future Days is an in-depth study of this meditative, sometimes abstract, often very beautiful music and the groups that made it, throwing light on the social and political context that informed them. It's an indispensable book for those wanting to understand how much of today's music came about, and to discover a wealth of highly influential and pioneering musicians.


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 nice reading 2 mars 2015
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ouvrage très bien écrit et complet le livre donne envie d'écouter et de découvrir les groupes dont il est question
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An excellent overview of Krautrock & a cracking good read if your into innovative rock at its strongest. 16 décembre 2014
Par stan menshic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This a very erudite & flowing account of the so called Krautrock movement. It first accounts for the political, historical, economic & historical factors that impacted & underpinned the music revolution that occurred & how the best bands where basically ignored in their own country until they were recognised by other countries like France & the U.K.
There are then some large chapters on almost all of the respected bands like Amon Duul, Can, Cluster, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream etc. Which if you have not read much about them is certainly a good/great window into the bands & their processes & ideas that underpin their music.
Then most pleasingly there is a chapter on New German Wave of the early 80's however this chapter is way too short & didn't include really important bands like S.Y.P.H. (who collaborated quite extensively with Holger Czukay of Can & creted a large body of work) Palais Schaumberg (whose 2 main composers keep generating music to the present day) & a little later Xmal Deutschland who were quiet successful at the time in other countries particularly the UK again.
Finally there is a chapter on post punk which does mention the Berlin band Camera but fails to mention other really strong & important bands like To Rococo Rot etc.
David Stubbs infers that the Krautrock music movement lasted from 1968 to 1977 & sorry but this is basically incorrect because if you followed & been totally hooked to the music movement as strongly as I have, you will know that 1981 was another peak year for the major bands with Cluster bringing out 1 of their best albums Curiosum (& also Moebius & Roedelius releasing solo albums of great merit) , Kraftwerk issuing the wonderful & totally forward thinking Computer World, Amon Duul 2 releasing Vortex, H. Czukay of Can releasing On the way to the peak of Normal, & Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream, K. Schulze etc etc etc all releasing strong albums. All these bands did taper off a bit in the mid '80's but almost all them put in a very strong performance in the 1990's with even bands like Faust reforming & issuing albums as if they didn't have a 20 year sojourn.
Finally was not sure why the very innovative & musically very strong Berlin band Agitation Free only gets 1 mention whilst the totally boring prog rock & artificial German band Nektar gets a biggish critique. However I absolutely applaud David's notion that Krautrock is the most innovative rock music ever, has been hugely inspirational to other bands, usually years after the fact & that these bands deserve much further respect and listening to by a larger audience. A great read & possibly the best overview yet !:)
Please note this review for Future Days is for the Book edition not kindle format & I am wondering if amazon are pushing kindle as there was no way i could transfer review to hardcopy edition?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very well researched and well written. 14 octobre 2014
Par M. Underwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Probably the best analysis of German rock and experimental music of the 70s and beyond that I have read. It places the music, musicians and music scene in a broad social, economic and political context that gives a satisfying understanding of why things developed how they did. Seems to pick out the main players well. Strong focus on Amon Duul II, Faust, Can and Kraftwerk. I highly recommend this book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany 1 février 2015
Par Kevin Hawkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Best and only really serious book on the subject. Scholarly and well researched. Really worth a read if you want a an overview and context for this unforgettable high point in 70's German rock!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The introduction was very good and provided a historical framework 24 août 2014
Par W. Frederick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The introduction was very good and provided a historical framework. Where Stubbs really falls down is on band research (i.e., Eloy the band spells its name without an "i"). He could have learned much from a couple hours more of internet research and reading the previous books on the subject in English. The chapter on NDW was cursory, at best, while the last chapter was incredibly superfluous. And his opinions on various bands were also un-needed. Overall, a good book that adds a bit to the research on German experimental rock but is probably only of interest to completists like myself.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating 2 mai 2015
Par steve tomlin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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