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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read..., 25 Sep 2012
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Well worth reading.

Of course any book about Kraftwerk is going to be somehow incomplete - the hermetic seal around the group means that there will always be a lot of unknowns.
However, Herr Buckley (see what I did there...) has managed to reveal some of the inner workings of the group by the extensive research and interviews he has obviously conducted. I have read the three main previous Kraftwerk books:
- Man-Machine by Pascal Bussy
- Kraftwerk: from Dusseldorf to the future by Tim Barr
- Kraftwerk : I was a robot by Wolfgang Flur

and I have to say this is the one I rate most highly!
Entertaining and for a long-term fan it brought back a lot of memories (such as sneaking out of school in 1981 in order to see Kraftwerk play at the Dome in Brighton five days after my 17th birthday).

Some things I didn't quite like:
- I feel it runs out of steam a bit towards the end (but I guess some people would say the same about...)
- I wish the albums had been analysed in a bit more depth (at one point I thought he wasn't even going to mention Neon Lights...)

But these are minor personal niggles and the fact is that:
- It looks fab (always been a fan of Malcolm Garrett)
- Mr Buckley has managed to get comments from a lot of interesting people (Peter Saville, Andy McKluskey, John Foxx not to mention Karl Bartos and Wolfgang Flur)
- It is highly readable (in my opinion more so than Buckley's book on Bowie which I can't seem to get through despite 3 attempts...)

All in all highly recommended!

Now Buckley - where's that book on the Human League...?
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2013 13:11:40 GMT
I agree,it did seem to run out of steam towards the end. Having heard about some early (non Hutter days) members it seems a shame that a biog of Hilpert,Hennig and Phaff could not have been included especially as Hilpert and Hennig have been in the group longer than Flur/Bartos ever were. Otherwise an excellent read without all the arty farty stuff that Mr Bussey seemed to write!
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