The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection have announced a new exhibition, Kraftwerk. 45 RPM.
Taking place at The Vinyl Factory Chelsea gallery on September 13 through to October 5, with a private few on September 12, it’s comprised of 45 iconic 7” Kraftwerk single covers showcasing the band’s unique aesthetic – “an analogue past dreaming of today’s digital present.”
Says The Vinyl Factory: “During the mid-’70s, Germany’s Kraftwerk established the sonic blueprint followed by an extraordinary number of artists in the decades to come. From the British new romantic movement to hip-hop to techno, the group’s self-described “robot pop” – hypnotically minimal, obliquely rhythmic music performed solely via electronic means – resonates in virtually every new development to impact the contemporary pop scene of the late-20th century, and as pioneers of the electronic music form, their enduring influence cannot be overstated.
“Always ahead of the curve, Kraftwerk acknowledged that urban life was alienating yet celebrated the joys of modern technology. Their wistful melodies of contemporary reality were ironic but also a prediction of times to come. Now, as we sit and play with our iPhones, sharing picture messages, we are living in Kraftwerk’s ‘Pocket Calculator’.”
The collection of 45 7″ singles will be for sale from the gallery, and The Vinyl Factory has also created a commemorative book, available in a limited edition of 300 copies. This catalogue documents 45 Kraftwerk singles from The Mott Collection, and includes an essay and an exclusive 7” single of a rare Kraftwerk interview.
These book/7″ editions are going to get snapped up very quickly indeed, so fill in the form below to be the first to receive the pre-sale information, and better still, your chance to win a copy.