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All Gates Open

Irmin Schmidt

A unique study – part biography, part symposium – of the experimental group Can, by founding member Irmin Schmidt and acclaimed author Rob Young.

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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.

Critic Reviews

Rob Young has immersed himself with tremendous zeal in unreleased Can material and bootleg recordings . . . Young’s Can-opener of a book is a real treat for Can fans.

Ian Thomson, Spectator
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Young is a phenomenal scholar whose understanding of Can runs deep . . . All Gates Open is a cerebral book about a cerebral band.

Kitty Empire, Observer
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Not only reveals the band's whole astonishing story, but manages to pinpoint their supernatural essence.

Kris Needs, Prog Magazine
Critic Reviews

A work of deep access and impressive reach. Blending the granular detail of Can’s intimate life with a sweeping purview of the culture that created and fostered them, All Gates Open is an invaluable illumination of why the music of Can matters, and continues to resonate.

Graeme Thompson, Uncut
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Superb . . . recounts how their unique entity sparked, grew, peaked and dissolved, with copious interviews with members and intimates, fascinating new insights, and as sure a grasp of Can’s music, whether on film or live, as this reviewer has read . . . Can fans, get your orders in.

Ian Harrison, Mojo
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An admirable work of loving and careful research . . . All Gates Open has a superb narrative arc, especially when dealing with their formation, background and the creation of those great early albums.

Alan Warner, Guardian
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