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Holger Czukay, founder of Can, died at the age of 79

The krautrock has a pioneer lost.

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Holger Czukay, bassist and co-founder of krautrockband Can, is death. A neighbor found Czukays body in his apartment-cum-studio in the German Weilerswist. He was 79. About the cause of death is still not known.

Czukay was born in Poland and studied with avant-gardepionier Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1968 he founded together with Irmin Schmidt of Can, with which he influential albums such as Tago Mago and Future Days. Both Brian Eno as John Lydon, Sonic Youth, Radiohead and Sigur Rós called the group “an example”.

After his time at the Can he took ambientplaten with Brian Eno, he started experimenting with tape recorders and he has worked with include David Sylvian of progrockband Japan, and U2 guitarist The Edge. The death of Czukay follows more than a month after that of his wife Ursula. In January of this year died also all Can-drummer Jaki Liebezeit.

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