Experimental 1960s German rock pioneers Can are the subject of this distinctive music book, which gives equal weight to telling the band's story and looking at how Can's work went on to influence the experimental end of a number of art forms.
Irmin Schmidt, pupil of the likes of Stockhausen and Ligeti, decided in the late 1960s - after an extensive classical education as pianist, conductor, and composer - to combine classic New Music with Rock and Jazz: and founded the band CAN. After CAN, Irmin Schmidt returned to his work as a solo-artist. The result is a vast oeuvre which includes a series of solo albums, an opera (Gormenghast based on the Mervyn Peak trilogy), a ballet, and over 100 film scores In 2015, he was made a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He lives in southern France.
Rob Young has worked at The Wire magazine since 1993, including five years as editor. He is the author of Rough Trade, Warp and the acclaimed Electric Eden, and the editor of Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music and The Wire Primers: A Guide to Modern Music. He has contributed to publications including Uncut, the Guardian, Sight & Sound, Frieze, and Art Review. He lives in Oslo with his family.
"Young is a phenomenal scholar whose understanding of Can runs deep . . . All Gates Open is a cerebral book about a cerebral band."--Observer "Not only reveals the band's whole astonishing story, but manages to pinpoint their supernatural essence."--Prog magazine "A real treat for Can fans." --Spectator
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