Kraftwerk: Pop Art

In the late 60’s and early 70’s when Kraftwerk were striving to find a new artistic voice in the pop culture vacuum of post war Germany, few would have predicted that these reclusive Rhineland experimentalists would become one of the most influential pop groups of all time but that is exactly what happened. Painting on a refreshingly blank canvas they created emotional electronic music that fused commercial pop with the avant-garde, an industrial folk music with global appeal, that predicted what music would sound like and the world would look like in the digital age. Kraftwerk’s influence has grown with every passing year and now 45 years later they have been embraced by the art world.

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  1. This was a very interesting doc with a large problem – some of the music was cut out completely. I have no idea if there was some sort of legal reason or a bad copy, but it seemed intentional.

    However, about all I knew about Kraftwerk was that they were from Germany and I now know that the Autobahn song is theirs. I will look for some songs that were cut out because I’m still interested, but I think the gentlemen talking about the band (the band only exists on stage and in the studio) were a bit hyperbolic. Rating them way higher than the Beatles in importance – fine – but Mozart and Beethoven? Not in my opinion, but who knows?

    Worth a watch – too bad about the audio thing.