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Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution2008

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As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk's contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective have also proven partly responsible for entire genres to develop: electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three. This film reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their inception in the late 1960s (as pre-Kraftwerk ensemble Organization), through their most celebrated period in the mid 1970s, and culminating with their resurgence during the 1980s with the popularity of synth-pop and techno. The film further explores how Kraftwerk both fitted in and pulled away from the electronic wing of what is often lazily referred to as 'Krautrock'. Sparing time also for many of the groups' contemporaries from the same field, and tracing the unfolding of electronics in German contemporary music generally, KRAFTWERK AND THE ELECTRONIC REVOLUTION presents a fascinating story previously untold on film. It features rarely seen live and performance footage of Kraftwerk and of other Electronic and 'Krautrock' bands, much from private collections, rare photographs of Kraftwerk and others, exclusive and extensive Interviews with ex-Kraftwerk members and other German ambient and electronic musicians, contributions and enlightenment from German academics, writers and journalists, live and studio recordings of many of Kraftwerk's pivotal tracks, plus live and studio recordings of many other bands from the 'Krautrock' movement.

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An amazing treasure trove of information and history on the somewhat marginalized influence of German electronic music. This fascinatingly exhaustive examination of early roots, krautrock, and cultural context, provides anyone interested in music, a thoughtful, well- researched lesson. Thank you so much Fandor for adding this excellent doc!! It would pair up nicely as a double feature for anyone interested In "Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell to Earth" - also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - for experimental music lovers!

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An amazing treasure trove of information and history on the somewhat marginalized influence of German electronic music. This fascinatingly exhaustive examination of early roots, krautrock, and cultural context, provides anyone interested in music, a thoughtful, well- researched lesson. Thank you so much Fandor for adding this excellent doc!! It would pair up nicely as a double feature for anyone interested In "Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell to Earth" - also HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - for experimental music lovers!

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Truly inspiring and information-filled documentary of the early German electronica movement spearheaded and taken to fruition by the amazing Kraftwerk. Highly recommended for fans of music of all types.

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Loved it...any up and coming electronic artists out there should have this doc high on their list. Plus, for all interested...Karl Bartos "Off The Record" album (2013), worth a listen, and a surprise for any longtime Kraftwerk fan.

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So far so good. I'm about 1/4 of the way through. Very well done, a ton of history.

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So much to take in with this amazing documentary. I will need a second viewing, especially after a bit of outside research of some key figures, bands, and artists mentioned in it. One of the best docs I've seen recently.

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An amazing review of the original electronic music movement that began in Germany. Any fan of the electronic music genre should watch this documentary to see the seeds that started the forest.

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I was looking forward to seeing this video, as Autobahn was one of my favorite albums when it came out. Unfortunately, this is an extremely dull video. The first 40 minutes they flog to death the simple point that in the 60s Germans were merely unsuccessfully imitating American Rock until new experimental musicians could meet at the Organization. By the time Kraftwerk is finally introduced into the film, it's already tiresome. There are way too many talking heads (some of whom don't add much insight and hardly any of them have any anecdotes to tell) and much too little music. By the time they got to Man Machine the film had already put me to sleep. But maybe that's all for the best, as Autobahn was the pinnacle record of the group any way.

fantastic trek through the 60's, 70's and early 80's german music scene. very thorough and then some, especially hearing it from the musicians themselves, inspirations of ideas through sound.

Great movie! What it like you would listen an album!

Informative and accurate...

excellent