Velvet Underground! and! Krautrock!

One for the music lovers out there! D+Q houses two new books that take a retrospective look at ground-changing music from the 60's and 70's - the Velvet Underground and the krautrock influence.

The Velvet Underground: a New York Art presents a thorough visual look at the formative years of the Velvet Underground - the New York band that merged together popular and fine art culture of the twentieth century, with the help of art superstar Andy Warhol.

Artefacts are prominently displayed from page to page: newspaper clippings, music scores handwritten by Lou Reed and John Cale, Warhol's cover and poster designs, and previously unseen photographs. With contributions from Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, Doug Yule, Jon Savage, and Vaclav Havel, this book is a must.

Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and It's Legacy presents the experimental music movement that took off in West Germany in the 1960's - krautrock. The period was one of "breakthroughs, upheaval and reversals", according to the book, which worked to create anarchic, utopian, and eccentric music. The book proudly showcases the artists and labels who were inspired by the motivations of krautrock, helping to change the course of music and sound.

The back cover of the book explains krautrock as such:
Krautrock encompassed a very wild and diverse range of sounds, attitudes, and past musics, from free jazz to Karlheinz Stockhausen, from dada to Fluxus, from German Romanticism to the Mothers of Invention.

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