Are there any good books on krautrock?

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Well since the other guy did it, I decided to jump on and ask for recommendations people might have for books on krautrock, as I've been really getting into Can and Neu! amongst most others recently. Anything will do, really (overview/history of the genre, select bands and their biographies, etc). My amazon search unfortunately yielded nothing and I'm not prepared to believe that there aren't any books on the subject out there. Thaaaank yooooouuuu.

A Johnson (buyabiznatch), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Didn't Cope do something on this?

Mitya (mitya), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OOP, dude.

senseiDancer (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's findable.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And there ya go.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i just looked at my copy and there was a reciept from 2001 (bought new) and a zoolander ticket stub. i am multifaceted

team jaxon (jaxon), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i got the german edition of krautrocksampler as a christmas present from my ex girlfriend and it was probably the best present i've ever received. cope's writing is really fun to read and his enthusiasm even carries over well into the translation

nervous (cochere), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 00:59 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/ultimathule/krautrockers.html

your allignment with the freemans' opinions may vary, but they've heard a lot

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 01:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That Julian Cope book seems be going for around £30 on ebay.

(Oddly, there are no 'completed' auctions, but several 'current' ones)

It's infectious, but it's madly out of date, ironically.

In as much as, an album that he describes as 'findable for a few quid' will now go for bigger bucks. Probably because of his book.

Also, various lyrics and stuff are completely wrong, but I dunno, it may be on purpose. "One eyed soul, mushroom head, I gonna get my kicks there" umm, no.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 10:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I leant my copy of this book a few years ago to a guy who was 'really getting into Krautrock'. He's never given it back and we lost contact in the meantime. We exchanged a few emails around the time of John Peels death where I asked for it back and he said "You know the funny thing is, I've never read it".

Wasn't funny for me.

I still haven't got it back.

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 10:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

How about "Crack In The Cosmic Egg"

Max Hechter (Max), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 16:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

That Julian Cope book seems be going for around £30 on ebay.

(Oddly, there are no 'completed' auctions, but several 'current' ones)

In the latest issue of Mojo someone asks about Cope's book and apparently there are no plans to reprint it. Mojo then says that copies go for around £100 on ebay which may explain the sudden increase in copies listed.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"crack in the cosmic egg" is way more complete. "krautrocksampler" is ok but won't really tell you anything you (probably) don't already know.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"One eyed soul, mushroom head, I gonna get my kicks there" umm, no.

what are the correct lyrics?

pssst - badass revolutionary art! (plsmith), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i emailed around a pdf of krautrocksampler, maybe i'll YSI it if i feel generous today

cutty (mcutt), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"When I saw mushroom head, I was born and I was ..."

never quite says "dead"

then: I hear "I gonna keep my despair"

The Jesus & Mary Chain hear "I gotta keep my distance"

Which are not so far different...

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

http://mitglied.lycos.de/canlyricsproject/

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"krautrocksampler" is ok but won't really tell you anything you (probably) don't already know.

this is otm. and like cutty i have a pdf of it too.

having fun with stockholm cindy on stage (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i got the book which i should prolly ebay soon.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 17:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I would be very grateful if someone could post or email the PDF of it.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 18:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i can do it from homs in a few hours, if no one else YSI's it first.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 18:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I thought it was "I'm gonna get my despair."

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 19:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And I kinda disagree with hpencil in the sense that there are fifty album reviews in the book and unless you've got all fifty of them, you might find something interesting to read there. And there's probably some interesting historical material in the book that's not just standard common knowledge stuff. And I started all three of my sentences in this post with the same conjunction.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 19:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Someone please do a PDF or let me "borrow" it. :)

Harpal (harpal), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i just looked at my copy and there was a reciept from 2001 (bought new) and a zoolander ticket stub. i am multifaceted

-- team jaxon (jaso...), February 8th, 2006.

like an insect frozen in amber!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

dude a book with 50 reviews vs. a book with like 300. i'll take the 300.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't know the Cosmic Egg book, but I also don't know all of the albums in Cope's top fifty, and I find him to at least be passionate about his choices. Plus he writes about some other stuff not in the top 50 in the first part of the text - not a lot, I suppose, but I don't know as that there are 300 great Krautrock albums anyway (though I'm sure there are some interesting ones that Cope doesn't write about).

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 22:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i, too, want a copy of that PDF because i am but a poor college boy whose slim funds are already tied up in buying a book about electronic music. pleasepleasepleaseTHANKYOU

buyabiznatch (buyabiznatch), Thursday, 9 February 2006 01:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Which book about electronic music book?
PDF!

Harpal (harpal), Thursday, 9 February 2006 04:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Heh. I got it off SLSK last night as well. Thanks though, I'm sure other people still need it.

Harpal (harpal), Thursday, 9 February 2006 16:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!

buyabiznatch (buyabiznatch), Thursday, 9 February 2006 18:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oh, i totally forgot to do this last night. sorry guys!
i haven't read cosmic egg either, but i wanna. there was some book abt. obscure european prog at the store the other week. it was by some norwegian (or finnish? i don't remember) scholar type. crazzzzy. but he didn't cover germany at all. what an interesting choice. hmmm.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Thursday, 9 February 2006 19:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

>i haven't read cosmic egg either, but i wanna.

I posted the link to the edited online version upthread

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 9 February 2006 19:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

damn my lazy eyes.

Special Agent Gene Krupa (orion), Thursday, 9 February 2006 19:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
PDF of Krautrock sampler again (via DJ Martian)

http://postpunkjunk.com/?p=191

just say no to individuality (fandango), Saturday, 9 September 2006 13:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'Tanz der Lemminge' by Ingeborg Schober is in German (sorry) but a really good book on Amon Duul II

amazon germany marketplace has some cheap copies:

http://www.amazon.de/Tanz-Lemminge-Ingeborg-Schober/dp/3499172607/sr=8-5/qid=1157839882/ref=sr_1_5/028-9697451-0940525?ie=UTF8&s=gateway

thomas (thomas), Saturday, 9 September 2006 21:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

check for old backissues of WIRE. they have several great interviews with all manner of Kraut legends.

Cameron Octigan (Cameron Octigan), Monday, 11 September 2006 01:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eleven years pass...

Haven't read it but it got a bad review in The Wire a few months back ("astonishingly lax...unconvincing and obsolete"). Personally I wouldn't bother with it, David Stubbs' book is definitive.

heaven parker (anagram), Friday, 10 November 2017 08:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Stubbs book is really good yeah, it only really loses focus with the 80s chapters and maybe the Kraftwerk one, but he managed to get access to most of the major figures (in some cases just in time).

Matt DC, Friday, 10 November 2017 09:53 (one week ago) Permalink

shd note i think that the stubbs book owes a *lot* to geeta dayal's pioneeriing work

mark s, Friday, 10 November 2017 10:11 (one week ago) Permalink

It does? How so? Just curious.

Position Position, Friday, 10 November 2017 11:11 (one week ago) Permalink

geeta is the best

crüt, Friday, 10 November 2017 12:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks anagram. Will look for that review in the Wire, and then probably get Stubbs' book.

willem, Friday, 10 November 2017 12:49 (one week ago) Permalink


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