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How Kraftwerk changed the course of modern music

When the band first started out in 1970, electronic music in pop was in its infancy—now, in 2020, they've given modern music its primitive pulse

By Jude Rogers   May 2020

BPTP6R KARL BARTOS FLORIAN SCHNEIDER RALF HUTTER & WOLFGANG FLUR KRAFTWERK POP GROUP (1974)

This summer—if by any miracle the virus permits—a septuagenarian man will headline a major English music festival. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, in a business where Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger constantly perform their back catalogues. But this artist is different. Since 1974, he’s had no truck with guitars, bass and drums. He’ll be playing music whose influence on club culture, hip-hop and electronica…

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