Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution
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The second half of the documentary is more focused on Kraftwerk's career, from the first three (and later disavowed) albums on to the mainstream success that "Autobahn" was, and so on. Karl Bartos, member of Kraftwerk from 1975 to 1990, is also interviewed extensively, and not surprisingly has the most interesting insight and stories of anyone interviewed. Towards the end of the documentary, attention is given to the lasting legacy of Kraftwerk, from the influence on Brian Eno and David Bowie, to the disco scene and Giorgio Moroder (who of course recorded in Germany), to acts like the Human League (thumbs up from Bartos) and Gary Numan (thumbs down from Bartos, dismissing Numan as a 'parody'). And on and on. The 3 hours just flew by to be honest. Be aware, this is NOT a Kraftwerk concert movie (for that, check out the "Minimum Maximum" DVD) or even biography. Instead, this should be seen as nothing more (or less) than a history lesson on a particular slice of music history, which I happen to find fascinating.
There are a couple of extras on the DVD: a 10 min. further look into the Berlin vs. Dusseldorf schools of music, another 10 min.Read more ›
If your interest is just in Kraftwerk, you may not get enough out of this to justify the time. If you are mostly unfamiliar with German music from the '60s, picking it up, as I did, with Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream and Neu! in the '70s, then you may find the first hour as interesting as I did.
It's definitely worth the money, and it's on DVD, so you don't have to watch it all at once.
The post-Kraftwerk explosion and influence I thought would be uninteresting but it was actually very watchable and engaging - starting with the drum machines on Donna Summer's hit, to Bowie's experiments in Berlin, and then to 80's pop music.
I have one tiny thing to complain about, and that's with all the talk about some great and obscure Krautrock artists, why did Faust get shafted? FAUST!?!? Only mentioned once, in passing? Maybe they weren't "typical" Krautrockers but as the movie showed, there were only a few threads linking all the Krautrock bands together and they weren't musical as much as they were conceptual......anyway, yeah, good movie!
Overall - okay, but still thin on content - this production had immense potential but fell short. I wanted more.
The package also states: "This film is not authorized by Kraftwerk"
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Lots of detailed info about the pioneering German electronic music scene especially its history and beginnings. Read morePublished 11 months ago by TFB
If you are a long time fan of Kraftwerk and wanted to see them in concert, and learn about their beginnings, you will be pleased by this 2 DVD set. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bdmeyer
The DVD provided a rundown of the early days of electronic music, highlighting the impact of German bands such as Kraftwerk.Published 23 months ago by Steve Neirinckx
This is a great collection of Krafwerk CD's. If you haven't got these cd's then get it. If you have them already, then I wouldn't bother. Not something to add to my colllection.Published on April 11, 2014 by Zeno
There is something inherently prosaic in this dead dull "music of der future". Fortunately, man has still some sense of individualism, but barely, and Kraftwerk's fascist... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Bartok Kinski
This shows the world where it all started and the reason why they followed the path they did. Long live electronic musicPublished on July 22, 2013 by Richard Ennis