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Duration: 1 hour

Documentary which looks at how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war.

Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal - a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany's gruesome past - but that didn't stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them Krautrock.

Last on

Sat 28 Jul 2012 00:35 BBC Four

Music Played

20 items
  • Faust

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    Faust improvise up a fearful wall of sound!

  • Klaus Schulze

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    Klaus talks about, and demonstrates, his first synth.

  • Damo Suzuki

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    The former Can vocalist improvising at a gig in Whitechapel.

  • Iggy Pop

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    Iggy describes the making of The Idiot.

  • Blog Post: My Krautrock Adventures on the Autobahn

    Blog Post: My Krautrock Adventures on the Autobahn

    Laura Kaye, from the Krautrock production team, describes her two week road-trip round Germany meeting the stars of the genre.

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  • Blog Post: Reflections on making Synth Britannia & Krautrock

    Blog Post: Reflections on making Synth Britannia & Krautrock

    Director Ben Whalley joins the dots between the two documentaries.

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Credits

Producer
Ben Whalley
Director
Ben Whalley
Executive Producer
Mark Cooper

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