So after reading this book, what can I tell you about Kraftwerk that I didn t know before Ralf Florian are complete cunts who think the band revolves around them alone, they stole intellectual property from Wolfgang by patenting the drumpad he invented in the US under their name then Ralf made things worse by having Karl Wolfgang s names removed from re issues of old Kraftwerk albums that s illegal, by the way Ralf you total wanker.
Excellent book, jumps around the band s timeline a bit but an excellent read if you like music biogs.
Well written account with lots of humor Wolfgang Flur has a certain flair that feels like a friend chatting with the reader.
Slim, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers These Are Just A Few Of The Major Names In Contemporary Dance Culture Whose Work Owes A Huge Debt To Kraftwerk Pioneers Of Electronic Minimalism In The S, S, And S, Kraftwerk Redefined Pop Music When They Split Up In The Early S, Founding Member Wolfgang Flur Discovered His Name Dropped From Album Credits And The Drum Machine Of His Own Invention Being Patented [ Pdf Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot ↠´ young-adult-historical-fiction PDF ] by Wolfgang Flur Æ By His Bandmates Kraftwerk I Was A Robot Documents The Group S Alternately Inspiring And Bitter Story From Its Unsteady Beginnings Through Worldwide Fame To The Legal Battle In A Hamburg Court That Vindicated The Author But Left Lasting Scars On All Color Photographs Are Included An interesting perspective from the inside on a band that has thrown up a famously opaque facade for the last 35 years You can t help but sense that Flur has a serious axe to grind, especially with Ralf Hutter so as entertaining as some of his recollections are, I think that factually you have to take them with a grain of salt I m sure it also reads a little smoother in the original German But all the caveats aside, it still makes a fascinating read, perhaps mostly to people who are already fans of Kraftwerk used to seeing the band from the outside in.
Frequently hilarious in the way that it lingers on the things you don t necessarily want to know like the long passage when Wolfgang has just met Ralf and Florian with a view to being in the band, and Florian drives them from the pub to the studio, and Wolfgang describes the exact route, street by street, and admires Florian s smooth and careful driving Wolfgang will give you a longer chapter on a woman he nearly had sex with in New York than on the making of any of the Kraftwerk albums So don t go in expecting a conventional rock biography But there s loads of those, aren t there Not of Kraftwerk, admittedly.
Look out for a juvenile Wolfie reaching a pleasurable pinnacle at the exact moment that Roger Daltrey stutters on The Who s My Generation , causing a mess on the uphol Several times in the book the author has the gall to tell us that he s learnt to tell his story not on this evidence he hasn t A decent editor would crop a hundred pages out of this with no real effort involved, and no hardship to the book Certainly the adverts for the one flop album Yamu stage of his career can go, as they re painful to read and re read, and re read, as he often won t shut up about it But what I was really here for was the life story of an ex Kraftwerk member, and his reflections on that And I got them in spades with the addition of a heck of a lot sperm and sex than I thought to expect.
You don t get a straightforward diary of his time with the band the book is concerned with the fall out ¿ Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot Ñ Kraftwerkin rumpalin Wolfgang Fl rin omael m kerta on outo sekoitus perinteist muusikkoel m kertaa sek mm el m kerran ensimm isen painoksen vastaanoton kritiikki ja sen promootion kuvailua Mukana on my s tekstej , joista ei tied , ovatko ne fiktiota vai ei Olisin halunnut pit t st enemm n mutta totuus on se, ettei herra Fl rin tekemiset Kraftwerkin ulkopuolella ihan hirve sti kiinnosta, ainakaan niin yksityiskohtaisessa laajuudessa kuin t ss kirjassa on kuvattu En my sk n olisi halunnut lukea rumpalin seksiseikkailuista B ndin sis isist kiistoista, jotka johtivat ensin Fl rin ja sittemmin my s Karl Bartosin eroon, annetaan t ss kyll ihan kiinnostavaa tietoa, ja etenkin Ralf H tterin toiminta n ytt ytyy kielt m tt oudossa valossa.
For me this was a no brainer to read.
I love Kraftwerk and as information about the band is hard to find especially from the band and those close to the band it had to be read.
Its surprising the image of the band does not prepare you for the fact that the band especially at the beginning of the band are normal young men At times the language is clunky and sometimes the book loses its way but when it lands it is dynamite , if you like music read it if you are not a music fan it may be uninteresting.
You cannot expect Wolfgang to be objective in his autobiography No one can ever write the objective truth about Kraftwerk.
The first part offers an interesting insight into the daily life of the group members and some of Wolfgang s anecdotes about his own misfortunes are absolutely hilarious It is embellished with occasional hyperboles for the sake of the story and the style.
The second part, however, is bitter and extremely hard to digest for hardcore Kraftwerk fans.
None of us will ever know whether Wolfgang s accusations and insights are true It is his version of the story, written probably as a therapy for coping with all the lawsuits and broken dreams , if you allow me to be a bit sentimental.
If you like Wolfgang, read it If you like Kraftwerk, you will like the first part.
I would like to see the whole