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Irmin Schmidt: Confusion and Collaboration

j. poet, Stereotype, 1999

THIRTY YEARS AGO a classically trained keyboard player and composer named Irmin Schmidt turned his back on the world of classical music and founded Can, the German band credited with creating the sound that became known as progressive rock. Today, their freeform improvisations are acknowledged as the template of jazz/rock, techno and today’s jam bands.

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