February 2, 2015
BBC4 recently broadcasted a new documentary upon one of the most influential bands in electronic music of all times, Kraftwerk.
''Kraftwerk: Pop Art'' tells the amazing story of how a group of reclusive Rhineland experimentalists called Kraftwerk became one of the most influential pop groups of all time. It is a celebration of the band featuring exclusive live tracks filmed at their Tate Modern shows in London in February 2013, interwoven with expert analysis, archive footage of the group going back to 1970, newsreel of the era and newly shot cinematic evocations of their obsessions.
In the one hour long documentary also appear techno pioneer Derrick May, Holger Czukay, DJ and remixer Francois Kevorkian, graphic design wizard Neville Brody, writer Paul Morley, band photographer Peter Boettcher, Tate Modern curator Caroline Wood and others.
The film includes live footage from Kraftwerk's early beginnings in 1970, At Rockpalast, as part of the so-called krautrock movement. The lineup here is Florian Schneider (playing flute), Ralf Hütter and drummer Klaus Dinger (who passed away in 2008), soon to leave, in order to form NEU! with pianist Michael Rother. Below, another Rockpalast unearther archive, with the legendary band Can, inside the Winter Mixed Media Show.
Watch the documentary on the right, or through BBC.