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Krautrock Revisited: Life After Can and Ash Ra Tempel

Richard Gehr, Spin, 20 July 1998

EVEN BEFORE KRAFTWERK'S great mid-'70s cars, trains, and airwaves trilogy, Krautrock was largely about getting away – especially from Germany itself. The band Can in particular fused cut-and-paste wanderlust with a transgeneric rhythmic paganism guaranteed to transport musicians and listeners alike out of their skulls back into their dancing butts. More ethereal, Ash Ra Tempel sought utopia through psychedelic guitarist Manuel Göttsching's long and winding solos.

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