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Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This is a great documentary. For my money it’s one of the best I’ve seen in a while. I know there are probably some of you out there who would say that Kraftwerk is not a progressive rock band. Well, if you watch this DVD I think you’ll find that truly they came directly out of the prog rock movement – and share a lot of musical territory with Can and Tangerine Dream. Much of this massive documentary (it’s three hours long) shows the origins of the scene that gave birth to Kraftwerk. As opposed to many of the videos in this mode this one focuses more acutely on the one group. For that reason I’m putting this one under “Kraftwerk” rather than under “Various Artists.” That said, there is enough about bands like Tangerine Dream to make this of interest to their fans. This really is a great work. It might well be my favorite documentary of the year. Fans of progressive rock should pick it up for a greater understanding of the German side of the experimental movements. Kraftwerk fans and Tangerine Dream fans will want to pick this up for their collections for sure. What a great and intensive work this is!

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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