Formed in 1970, Kraftwerk's contribution to the development of electronic music remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Joy Division to Radiohead, this mysterious collective has also proven responsible for entire genres to emerge - electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three. This video reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their inception in the late 1960's through their most celebrated period in the mid-1970's, culminating with their resurgence during the 1980's. The film further explores how Kraftwerk both fitted into and pulled away from the electronic wing of what is often lazily referred to as 'Krautrock'. Showing respect too for many of the groups German contemporaries from a similar impulse, and tracing the unfolding of electronics in German contemporary music generally, this programme presents a fascinating story previously untold on film. Featuring exclusive and extensive interviews with ex-Kraftwerk members - Karl Bartos and Klaus Röder, German ambient and electronic musicians - Dieter Moebius, Hans Joachim Rodelius, Klaus Schulze, Wolfgang Siedel, Conrad Schnitzler, Klaus Löhmer and many others. Also boasting further contributions from Electronic music experts and writers, and rare studio and live footage of the band, these all together make for perhaps the best film on the subject ever to emerge.
Retitled "Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution" DVD from 2008
- Kraftwerk: Ready Player Two review by SB
This is the 2008 documentary previously titled as "Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution". Actually it still has that title at the start of the video, it's just the packaging that shows a new title. Totally deceptive IMHO, hence 2 stars.