"If we can convey an idea with one or two notes," Kraftwerk's Ralf Hutter told his band's biographer in 1978, "it is better to do this than to play a hundred notes." Such a blunt assessment of Kraftwerk's disarmingly straightforward pop music illuminates a connective node that flowed through all kinds of artistic disciplines in the mid- '70s--a reaction to the cultural excess of the early '70s that occurred when artists decided that... More >>>