Sources of further information
- Where can I find out more about Kraftwerk and related projects?
- Where can I find news about Kraftwerk's current activities?
- Are there any books about Kraftwerk?
- What is Aktivität? Where can I obtain copies?
- Are there any useful mailing lists and forums?
There are Kraftwerk mailing lists and forums.
There is no official information service for Kraftwerk, and the band members are very secretive about their activities. You will often only learn of their activities through the music press and mass media. However, via the Internet you might find some fresh news...
Although the official website nowadays communicates the new concert dates in advance, but there is no more information...
Apart from the books issued officially
- in the Minimum Maximum Notebook (which features only photos, pictures and some technical data),
- the 3-D Book (contains only 3D pictures...),
- and the photo book Roboter,
there are some books have been written about Kraftwerk:
- Pascal Bussy's Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music
- Tim Barr's Kraftwerk: From Düsseldorf to the Future
- Wolfgang Flür's Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot
- Vanni Neri and Giorgio Campani's A Short Introduction to Kraftwerk
- Albert Koch's Kraftwerk - The Music Makers
- Sean Albiez and David Pattie's Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop
- David Buckley's Kraftwerk: Publikation
In addition to these titles, Karl Bartos wrote the preface to Martin Pesch and Markus Weisbeck's Techno Style (Edition Olms, 1995; English translation published by Gingko Press, ISBN: 3283002908), a book about artwork used on flyers, record sleeves and fashion related to modern dance music, and Florian Schneider wrote the preface to Peter Badge's Oskar Sala: Pionier der elektronischen Musik (ISBN: 3930333341).
Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music
Pascal Bussy's Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music contains many suppositions and a few minor errors, but it is nevertheless recommended as essential reading for the Kraftwerk enthusiast. Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music should be obtainable through any good bookshop. Failing this, it can be ordered direct from the publishers:
SAF Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 0 946719 09 8.
A German edition of Bussy's book was published in 1995, under the title Kraftwerk - Synthesizer, Sounds und Samples - die ungewöhnliche Karriere einer deutschen Band. The style of this edition has been criticised but it does contain an update to the English-language edition by way of a (very incomplete) Elektric Music discography. The photographs are the same as in the English version, but the front cover of the German edition uses a photograph from Kraftwerk's appearance from 1982 on the German television programme Na Sowas.
A Japanese edition of Pascal Bussy's book was published by Suiseisha in 1994 (ISBN: 4891762977), with album cover art replacing the photographs featured in the English edition, a postscript by the translator and and an addendum to the discography.
The book was also published in French, under the title Kraftwerk, le mystère des hommes machines (published by Camion Blanc, ISBN: 2910196097)
- the UK edition
- the Japanese edition
- the French edition
The second edition of this book was issued in 2001. ISBN: 0 946719 38 1
(SAF Publishing Ltd.)
Kraftwerk: From Düsseldorf to the Future
In 1998 Tim Barr's Kraftwerk: From Düsseldorf to the Future was published in the UK (Ebury Press, paperback). This book has been criticised for drawing too heavily on previously published material and for its spurious (even garbled) cultural references, but praised for its selection of photographs and for placing Kraftwerk in the context of modern popular music, which Bussy's book did not.
August 1999 saw the publication, in Germany, of the long-awaited book by Wolfgang Flür about his time with Kraftwerk. Kraftwerk - Ich war ein Roboter (ISBN number 3854451733) was praised for its readable style and many previously unavailable photographs. Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider took exception to some of the claims made in Flür's memoirs, and legal pressures were applied.
An English language edition, Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot, was published in the UK by Sanctuary Publishing Ltd in January 2001 (ISBN number 186074320X), with some offending material removed but some new material added, including several chapters covering Flür's interpretation of the lawsuit against the original German edition.
A Japanese translation was published in April 2001 by Shinko Music
- the German edition
- the UK edition
- the Japanese edition
The second edition of this book was issued in 2003 by Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 1 86074 417 6
In 2004 VGS Verlag re-released the German version of the book.
ISBN: 3-8025-2926-X (ISBN 3-8025-3377-1 is accompanied by a CD)
Flür's book was also published in French under the name of J'étais un robot by
Camion Blanc. ISBN: 2-910196-31-3.
A Short Introduction to Kraftwerk
A Short Introduction to Kraftwerk by Vanni Neri and Giorgio Campani was published in May 2000 by Sonic Books. This small, 84-page book is in Italian with a full English translation, and is accompanied by a CD of unauthorised remixes. This CD was the source of misleading publicity in the UK which overshadowed discussion of the book itself. It is probably fair to say though that the book is concise, opinionated, unreferenced but of good taste - in that it prints the URL of Kevin Busby's old Kraftwerk links list (the page was removed).
Kraftwerk - The Music Makers
Albert Koch's Kraftwerk - The Music Makers, a German language book published in 2002 by Hannibal Verlag, ISBN: 3 8544 5213 6.
Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop
Edited by Sean Albiez and David Pattie.
Published in end of 2010 by Continuum Publishing Corporation,
written in English.
256 pages, paperback, ISBN : 9781441191366
256 pages, hardcover, ISBN: 9781441165077
" This collection of original essays looks at Kraftwerk - their legacy and influence - from a variety of angles, and demonstrates persuasively and coherently that however you choose to define their art, it’s impossible to underestimate the ways in which it predicted and shaped the future. "
" The inner workings of this most secretive of bands are revealed through interviews with friends and close associates, whilst the story of their incredible impact on modern music is traced up to the present day using interviews with a host of musicians, from original electro pioneers such as Gary Numan, the Human League, OMD and John Foxx, to contemporary acts still in awe of the original Man Machines. "
Aktivität was a consistently well-produced magazine about Kraftwerk and Elektric Music, edited by Ian Calder. Unfortunately issue 10, published in April 1998, was the last, and issues are no longer being sold by the editor. There is however an official Aktivität website, which has a news section as well as archives of articles from the magazines.
There are some international and plenty of national / local mailing lists and forums all over the world.
For general discussions the
ANTENNA Kraftwerk International Mailing list can be used.
The most remarkable forum is the Electric Cafe (mainly in English).