Since I had Kraftwerk on the brain in the past 24 hours (after mentioning them on the What are you listening to thread?), I decided to seek out some articles and books about them today – just started reading this cover story article from 11/09 in a music mag we get at work called Mojo – great because apparently the Kraftwerk guys have rarely given interviews. Btw, I assumed that the founders of the group, Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter were around 60 years old, but come to find out, they are 64 & 65 now!
Also discovered we (library where I work) own a few books devoted to them including this recent academic collection of essays which I promptly checked out! I’ve got a three day weekend ahead (yay!), so hope to get through most of it. Really looking forward to it.
Contents: Autobahn and Heimatklänge : Soundtracking the FRG / Sean Albiez & Kyrre Tromm Lindvig -- Kraftwerk and the image of the modern / David Cunningham -- Kraftwerk-the decline of the pop star / Pertti Grönholm -- Authentic replicants : Brothers between decades between Kraftwerk(s) / Simon Piasecki and Robert Wilsmore -- Kraftwerk : Technology and composition / Carsten Brocker ; translated by Michael Patterson -- Kraftwerk : Playing the machines / David Pattie -- Europe non-stop : West Germany, Britain, and the rise of Synthrop, 1975-81 / Sean Albiez -- Vorsprung durch Technik-Kraftwerk and the British fixation with Germany / Richard Witts -- 'Dragged into the dance'-the role of Kraftwerk in the development of electro-funk / Joseph Toltz -- Average white band : Kraftwerk and the politics of race / Mark Duffett -- Trans-europa express : Tracing the trance machine / Hillegonda Rietveld.