Christoph Dallach

Future Sounds - How a Few Krautrocker Revolutionised the Pop World

(German title: Future Sounds)
ca. 380 pages
Christoph Dallach

Christoph Dallach

Christoph Dallach, born 1964, is responsible for the pop music segments in KulturSpiegel, a renowned German culture magazine.

Furthermore, he also writes for the major newspaper DIE ZEIT and its culture magazine ZEITMagazin.

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The ultimate book on Krautrock


West-Germany, around 1968. As everywhere in the rest of the world, here too a young generation is pressing for radical change. Many flood from the lecture halls onto the street, some into the political underground. And some, on the search for the soundtrack of the movement, into the rehearsal rooms under ground.

The unheard of sounds that German bands such as Can, Neu!, Amon Düül, Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream, Faust, Cluster or Kraftwerk produced back then are nowadays regarded as the blueprint for modern rock music. And the number of their creative admirers and successors has increased continuously since the first fans like David Bowie: be it Blur, Aphex Twin, Sonic Youth, Radiohead or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – they all refer to the so-called »Krautrock«.

Christoph Dallach has interviewed its pioneers, among them Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay (alle Can), Michael Rother (Neu!), Dieter Moebius (Cluster), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream), Achim Reichel (AR Machines), Lüül (Agitation Free), Karl Bartos (Kraftwerk), Brian Eno and many more. Their answers form an oral history that points beyond the individual band stories: to the past on the one hand, to Nazi-teachers, post-war family homes, free jazz, terrorism, LSD and extremely long hair; but also to the future on the other hand, to global recognition, myth formation, techno and post-rock.