Crack in the Cosmic Egg - Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmiche Musik and other Progressive, Experimental & Electronic Musics from Germany CD-ROM
Over a decade ago, the famous Freeman brothers (Steve and Alan), publishers of the long-running Audion magazine, published a huge book that was the first reference guide to the fabulous, fertile, experimental period of Germany rock from 1967-1980. It's been out of print for quite a number of years now and now you can get it as a CD-Rom, which is readable with any browser through any computer.
"The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" has been hailed by the musicians as the most informative insight into German rock and related musics, endorsed by Faust's Jean-Hervé Peron, Amon Düül 2's Chris Karrer, really enthused about by Guru Guru's Mani Neumeier, and it so impressed Out Of Focus' Remigius Drechsler that he helped us launch our Krautrock label "Cosmic Egg"! The book version, first published in December 1996, has been out of print for a while now, and is now becoming quite a collectable. We described the book version as the definitive encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and all things weird and wonderful from Germany. It contained 1177 entries (Krautrock bands, soloists, etc.), 2500 albums (including musician details), plus non-LP singles, compilation contributions, as well as two 16 page picture sections, including many rare photos, 150+ LP covers. In its pages were histories, biographies, reviews, discographies, articles on major scenes, indexes, etc. Well-over 4,000 copies were sold! Financing such a publication wasn't easy, and since then the printers we used closed down and all quotes from elsewhere were far too pricey, which meant it was not at all possible to do a new revised book print, unless someone could work as a partner or finance it for us. That invitation has been out there for a long while now with no takers. So, after sussing out how easily I could do a web-site and html CD-Rom's, I came up with the idea of doing "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" as an expanded and revised CD-Rom version. The guts of the project were already established, and the Internet meant that revision and research would be a lot easier. I never expected how it would catapult the project in leaps and bounds, snowballing into an amazing monster reference tool! Over ten years on from the book, and with six or more years of intensive research, the revised PC CD-Rom edition has become an enormous beast. Almost everything you ever wanted to know. An interactive off-line web-site of html pages, with lots of extras, like colour photos of everything we can get our hands on, as well as rare adverts, posters, gig photos, etc. There are even some choice exclusive music samples (3 hours) and videos! Everything that can be revised and updated has been, and there so many additional entries - you wouldn't believe you could fit so much on one disc!"