Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk) RIP

The founder of Kraftwerk with Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider-Esleben has died at the age of 73. The innovative German group that he founded and left in 2008 changed the face of music.

Formed in the late sixties, they were precursors of kraut rock before creating a keyboard driven sound that is the base of techno, electronic, industrial, electro and hip hop.

Without Kraftwerk it’s fair to say none of these forms of music would exist and their influence on modern music, sound sculpture, the creation of music was so far into the future that everyone is only just catching up.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. WOW…this was a suprise, Kraftwerk were ‘the dream team’.
    Music wouldn’t be music without Florian & the rest of Kraftwerk. Massive condolences to his family & a guiding light to the world of music.

  2. Ich bin zutiefst erschüttert und sehr traurig. Ich bin zwar erst 48,aber seit 35 Jahren Fan von Kraftwerk. Florian Schneider und seine Kollegen haben Musikgeschichte geschrieben und vielen Bands als Vorbild und Inspiration gedient. Für mich persönlich ist Kraftwerk die beste Band der Welt und Florian Schneider war ein charismatischer und genialer Mensch. Ruhe in Frieden. Die Musikwelt wird dich vermissen.

  3. Brilliant obit, three short paras said it all.
    Shame about Florian, for me it’s Europe Endloss. New Order should pay royalties on their career..


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