Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany

Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany

2008
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From 1968 – 77 German bands like Neu!, Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk looked beyond US/UK rock ‘n roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard.

They shared one common goal – a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past – but that didn’t stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them “Krautrock”.

Members of Can spotted Damo Suzuki behaving strangely in the street and hired him on the spot to be their vocalist, shoving him onstage the same evening with no rehearsals. Incredibly, actor David Niven came to hear them play, and they asked him what he thought of the music. “It was great,” he said, “but I didn’t know it was music.” Suzuki doesn’t remember, “because at the time I was quite stoned.”

This brilliant documentary examines how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war – and music which inspired Bowie, Eno, Iggy Pop and countless musicians today.

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