Karl Bartos, Kraftwerk member between 1974 and 1991, will release his first English-language book «The Sound of the Machine - My Life in Kraftwerk and Beyond» - about his years in cult electronic band.

«The Sound of the Machine - My Life in Kraftwerk and Beyond» - first English-language book from Karl Bartos

Co-author of some of the most beautiful, era-defining music tracks like «The Robots», «Computer Love», «Neon Lights», «Tour De France» and Kraftwerk’s 1982 number one single «The Model» - Karl Bartos for the first time (for English-speaking auditory) speaks candidly and with wit and humour about his life in Kraftwerk, a band widely acknowledged as being one of the most important in modern music.

In «The Sound of the Machine», Karl vividly recalls what it was like to be in the Kling Klang studios during recording, describing the process and perfectly capturing the joy and passion of three people composing and recording.

Now, with a successful solo career of 30 years, Karl Bartos recalls his post-war childhood, the amazement he felt on first hearing The Beatles, his first bands, his parallel career as a musician and teacher, his years with Kraftwerk, and his hopes and fears for today’s musical culture.

It's English version of his German autobiographic book «Der Klang der Maschine: Autobiografie» published in 2017 by Eichborn Verlag.

«I have revised, updated and expanded the original for the English version. I linked my revised review to the development of the world and established the temporal reference. Because a lot of what we experienced in the Kling Kiang Studio at the time applies to our industrial society in general. And it has long since become clear: today we can no longer look at tomorrow's world as we did yesterday.»

Karl Bartos

Brilliant translation was done by Berlin-based Katy Derbyshire, and Dr. David Buckley from Liverpool edited the text.

Book «The Sound of the Machine» (608 pages, hardback) published by Omnibus Press and set to release July 21st, 2022.

Info submitted by Omnibus Press.

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