50th Anniversary Of “Tago Mago” by CAN

Source: The Daily Nexus.

German rock band CAN was formed in Cologne, Germany circa 1968, during a time of great political and social upheaval in western Germany. During these years, music was inseparable from the ongoing civil unrest while striving to be psychedelic and free. The West German student movement would seek to address political and cultural concerns as these students wanted to rebel against American influence, conservative German entertainment and the legacy of Nazism; many of the West German government’s high-ranking political officials had been members of the Nazi Party during World War II.

While CAN would alternate between two lead singers, the band’s core would remain the same throughout its career. Members of CAN came from various backgrounds and musical disciplines, as keyboardist Irmin Schmidt and bassist Holger Czukay studied music under electronic pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 1960s, and drummer Jaki Liebezeit got his start playing in various free jazz bands. The lineup also featured guitarist Michael Karoli and vocalists Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki.