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5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de Force (Soundtracks), 10 Sept. 2012
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I waited a long time for this book to come out (publication was delayed for 12 months, presumably after Kraftwerk's MOMA retrospective was announced), but I feel that my patience has been heartily rewarded. This is a high-quality produckt. And I mean that in every sense: as well as being well written, it's nicely designed and has good production values (if you're into that kind of thing, which I am).

The subjects of this biography - in particular Herren Hütter und Schneider - are notoriously uncooperative and uncommunicative, but David Buckley has done a great job of piecing together their story by interviewing a wide range of former band members and well-known fans of the group. As a music journalist of considerable experience, and a resident of Munich for over 20 years, he writes with an authority that matches his evident warmth for the subject. The prose is rarely less than smooth and engaging, though I spotted a few typos and (as a book editor) there are a few passages that I would like to tinker with.

For me, this is a better book than Pascal Bussy's "Kraftwerk": Man, Machine and Music, and it is of course more up to date, so if you're only going to read one, pick Buckley's. That said, as a huge fan of the group, I'm happy to have read both. They inevitably cover much the same ground, but there are sufficient differences in tone and structure to make it worthwhile.
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Initial post: 24 Sep 2012 11:59:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2012 12:01:22 BDT
D. Lewis says:
Yes I agree the book is excellent.
Two thirds the way through it, will be disappointed when I've reached the end....Its about time Ralf got to grips with releasing the pre-Autobahn albums though.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2012 15:07:30 BDT
J. Evans says:
Not sure that will ever happen! I like them, particularly Ralf & Florian, but Herr Hütter seems to have written off that period of the band. He obviously wants to keep a very tight rein on the Kraftwerk canon. There's some intriguing stuff in the book about unreleased music. I'd love to hear the 'original' version of Techno Pop, and Buckley also mentions a possible album from the 90s.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Sep 2012 10:19:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Sep 2012 10:20:11 BDT
D. Lewis says:
Mmm...you could be right- Ralf and Florian have always dismissed the earlier records (if you remember though, he did mention that there was a possibility of dusting down the masters and releasing the stuff around the time of the box set).
'Ralf And Florian' btw is my favourite Kraftwerk album- I love it!
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