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Florian Schneider

Florian Schneider (1947–2020), Kraftwerk co-founder

by Kirk Fox

Florian Schneider was a co-founder of Kraftwerk, the highly influential German electronic band. 

  • Died: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 (Who else died on May 6?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 73 after a short battle with cancer.  
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Multi-instrumentalist Schneider started Kraftwerk in 1970 with friend Ralf Hutter in 1970. The band’s innovative electronic music using synthesizers, vocoders, and custom- made devices set the template for synth-pop, EDM, hip-hop, and electronic rock. The band’s critically acclaimed 1974 album “Autobahn” reached number 5 on the Billboard 200. The talented Schneider provided vocals and played synthesizer, flute, percussion, guitar, saxophone and other instruments. Kraftwerk was highly influential to many artists and bands including David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Ultravox, New Order, Daft Punk and others.  

What they said about him

Full Obituary: Billboard


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