West Germany after World War II was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the strange and beautiful sounds that became known as Krautrock.
Eschewing the easy pleasures of rock and roll and the more substantive seductions of blues and jazz, they took their inspiration from elsewhere: the mysticism of the East; the fractured classicism of Stockhausen; the grinding repetition of industry; the dense forests of the Rhineland; the endless winding of Autobahns.
Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Can, Kraftwerk—the influence of these groups’ music on Western popular music is incalculable. They were key to the development of movements ranging from post-punk to electronica and hip-hop and have directly inspired artists as diverse as David Bowie, Talking Heads, and LCD Soundsystem.
Future Days is the brilliantly reported, deeply researched story of the groups that created Krautrock, and a social and cultural history of the Germany that challenged, inspired, and repelled them.
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Table of Contents
Unna, West Germany, 1970 vii
1 Amon Düül and the Rise from the Communes 85
2 Can: No Führers 109
3 Kraftwerk and the Electrification of Modern Music 151
4 Faust: Hamburg and the German Beatles 209
5 Riding through the Night: Neu! and Conny Plank 243
6 The Berlin School 277
7 Fellow Travellers 311
8 A Raging Peace: Cluster, Harmonia and Eno 329
9 Popol Vuh and Herzog 355
10 Astral Travelling: Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, Ash Ra Tempel and the Cosmic Couriers 371
11 A New Concrete: Neue Deutsche Welle 407
12 Post-Bowie, Post-Punk, Today and Tomorrow 425