This chapter explores the fledgling pop music industry in Germany of the 1960s and 1970s and summarises the economic framework in which Krautrock developed. Aspects addressed also include the development of record sales; the role of clubs, festivals, producers (such as Conny Plank) and studios; distribution deals with transnational record companies; and the conflicts between the increasing professionalisation and commercialisation of Krautrock. Particular attention is paid to the role played by the main record labels (i.e. Ohr, Brain, Sky) in shaping Krautrock and establishing monikers like “kosmische Musik”.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Companion to Krautrock|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 25 May 2021|