‘Kraftwerk’ founder Florian Schneider dies aged 73

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The co-founder of electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider, has died at the age of 73 from cancer, the managers of the group announced.

The band, which he set up with co-founder Ralf Hutter in 1970, changed electronic music, laying down the foundations for hip-hop, synth-pop, techno and house.

Schneider died after a short cancer, just a few days after his 73rd birthday.

Some have placed Kraftwerk’s influence on pop music on a par with that of The Beatles.

In 1976 Bowie told Rolling Stone magazine: “My favourite group is a German band called Kraftwerk – it plays noise music to ‘increase productivity’. I like that idea, if you have to play music.”

David Bowie titled his “Heroes” instrumental track “V-2 Schneider” after Florian Schneider.

An avant-garde group and influential protagonists of contemporary art, Kraftwerk had a string of global successes with their albums “Autobahn” (1974), “Radioactivity” (1975), “Trans-Europe Express” (1977), “The Man Machine” (1978) and even the later “Tour de France Soundtracks” (2003).

Florian Schneider left the group at the end of 2008, apparently following a dispute with Hutter over a bicycle pump.

The pair rarely spoke afterwards but in 2014, the band, including Schneider, received the prestigious lifetime achievement Grammy.

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