Uwe Schütte – ‘Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany’
Kraftwerk: Future Music from Germany
Publisher Penguin UK, 2020
‘We are not artists nor musicians. We are workers’
‘Kraftwerk: Future Music From Germany’ tells the story of the phenomenon that is Kraftwerk and how the band revolutionised our cultural landscape. Ignoring the traditions of rock music and experimenting in near-total secrecy in their Düsseldorf studio, Kraftwerk fused sound and technology, graphic design and performance, modernist Bauhaus aesthetics and Rhineland industrialisation, and even human and machine, to turn electronic music into avant-garde concept art and create the soundtrack to our digital age.
Author Uwe Schütte is an expert on contemporary German music, particularly Kraftwerk. He organised a conference about the band in 2015, which was attended by academics and fans from all over Europe. He is reader in German at Aston University in Birmingham.