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'Germans thought we couldn't play': Irmin Schmidt, of Krautrock pioneers Can, interviewed

Krautrock pioneer Irmin Schmidt talks to Graeme Thomson about taking risks, playing badly and ignoring the Brits

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

5 June 2021

9:00 AM

‘The records are only half of the picture,’ says Irmin Schmidt, founder member of the great German experimental collective Can. ‘Live [performance] is the side of ours which actually has still to be discovered. For many of the people who came to our concerts, it was much more important in building up the legend than the records, because it was something extraordinary.

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