Kraftwerk DVD Doc Due in Sept.

 

More Krautrock than you
can shake a pocket calculator at…

By Fred Mills

 

Kraftwerk and the
Electronic Revolution
is both a title and a manifesto: the German group,
which formed in the late ‘60s and remains operative to this day, arguably
midwived the synthpop/electronica/techno era as we know it today. A new
documentary DVD from Sexy Intellectual/MVD traces the group’s history and
influence upon everyone from
Bowie, Coldplay, Siouxsie and
Radiohead to an entire generation of dance and techno DJs.

 

According to MVD the DVD “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, this program 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 form the ‘Krautrock’
movement.”

 

 

The 130-minute DVD includes studio and live clips plus some
notable bonus material: a feature on “The Dusseldorf Scene Vs. The Hamburg
Scene” plus extended interviews with the participants. It’s due Sept. 2.

 

And what the heck, check out the cool YouTube clip we found on the band, below. How do they do that without making their lips move? Cool!

 

Track Listing:

 

·         Ruckzuck


Kling Klang


Autobahn


Antenna


Radio-Activity


Trans Europe Express


Computer Love

• The
Robots

• The
Model


Metropolis

• Pocket Calculator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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