Birth Place: Cologne, West Germany
Years Active: 1968–1979, 1986, 1991
Genres: Krautrock, Experimental Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Ambient, Avant-garde, Electronic Music
Can was an experimental rock band formed in Cologne, West Germany in 1968. Later labeled as one of the first krautrock groups, they transcended mainstream influences and incorporated strong minimalist and world music elements into their often psychedelic music. Can constructed their music largely through collective spontaneous composition, which the band differentiated from improvisation in the jazz sense, sampling themselves in the studio and editing down the results. Through albums such as their 1969 debut, “Monster Movie,” 1971’s “Tago Mago,” 1972’s “Ege Bamyasi,” and 1973’s “Future Days,” the band exerted a considerable influence on avant-garde, experimental, under...
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