Author:Rob Young & Irmin Schmidt
What can you say about Can, one of the most influential avant garde bands of all time? Well, plenty if this epic tome is anything to go by.
This is really two books in one, co-authored by journalist Rob Young and Can founding member Irmin Scmidt, and it’s one of those volumes that the word ‘definitive’ was invented to describe.
The first book, All Gates Open, written by Young, gives us a straight biographical account of the band’s career as they blazed a trail out of Cologne in the late sixties and seventies. As well as covering all their recordings in depth (although you really need to hear them, not just read about them, to fully appreciate their power), he has put together extensive interviews with all the founding band members, their various vocalists, friends and sundry associates. However, it’s his writing on the band’s incendiary and innovative music that is the highlight for me – music that is still as unclassifiable now as it was when it was first released, and yet which still uniquely resonates and reverberates today.
The second book, Can Kiosk, has been compiled by Irmin Schmidt in a sort » Continue Reading.