Kraftwerk & the Electronic Revolution

Here’s a little morsel of goodness you’ll want to know about if you’re a Kraftwerk freak.

MVD Video, the good people that brought you Beer, Bikes, Boobs & Polish death metal have announced a new Kraftwerk DVD, Kraftwerk & the Electronic Revolution.

The video is a career retrospective that features rare performances and photographs, obscure footage, exclusive interviews and more.

Looks like it could be pretty fantastic. It’s set for release September 2, 2008.

Here are the details:

Description:

As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk’s contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective have also proven partly responsible for entire genres to develop – electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three.

This 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.

Track Listing/Features:

  • Ruckzuck
  • Kling Klang
  • Autobahn
  • Antenna
  • Radio-Activity
  • Trans Europe Express
  • Computer Love
  • The Robots
  • The Model
  • Metropolis
  • Pocket Calculator
  • + many others

Bonus Materials:

  • Extended Interviews
  • Special Feature ‘The Dusseldorf Scene Vs. The Hamburg Scene’
  • Full Contributor Biographies

2 thoughts on “Kraftwerk & the Electronic Revolution

  1. I watched this the night before going to see kraftwerk (11th time since 1981). The video is mostly dull for first hour (german history), then there’s some very short great clips (how did they clear copyright??) then suddenly it’s 1981 you’re almost 3 hours finished. The 80’s/90’s/00’s don’t really get considered at all(which is a pity). Overall, interetsig and worth it…

  2. i was very disappointed in the dvd. It needed to be bought right up to date with all four current members,to many journalists, when Ralf Henning , Fritz , Florian and Stefan should have been interviewed. The group are far more interesting than some boring joournalists.,and they should have been interviewed in the flesh not hiding behind those wreched dummies. This was the standard of an unofficial dvd.

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