All Gates Open


‘All Gates Open’ is a music book like no other. Its subject is Can, arguably the most important experimental group of the 20th century. Formed in Cologne in 1968, Can drew their influences from the avant-garde – founding members Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay both studied under Stockhausen – and jazz traditions to create a heavily rhythmic, minimal music that redefined what it meant to be a popular band. The book comprises two elements of equal weight: a biography of the group by Rob Young and a Symposium curated by Irmin Schmidt. The latter explores, in Irmin’s own voice and that of his collaborators and admirers, the tentacular influence Can have had upon not just popular music, but also the visual arts, poetry and film. Can have been a direct source of inspiration for numerous genres, notably ambient, post-punk and electronica.

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‘A real treat for Can fans.’ Spectator

All Gates Open
is the definitive story of the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: Can.

In part one, Rob Young gives us the full biography- an in-depth and exhilarating history of the band.

In part two, Irmin Schmidt presents an oral history of Can, drawing on extensive interviews with many musicians who cite the band as an influence, including Bobby Gillespie and Mark E. Smith.

An essential book for Can fans, All Gates Open is illustrated throughout with previously unseen art, photographs and ephemera from the band’s archive.

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Weight 0.515 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 3.8 cm






572 , 32 unnumbered of plates




782.421660922 (edition:23)


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