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New book and concert series celebrate Can's 50th anniversary

The Wire's Rob Young has penned a new biography of the legendary rock outfit while London’s Barbican host The Can Project

To celebrate Can’s 50th anniversary, which falls in October 2017, Faber & Faber are publishing a new book devoted to the Cologne rock legends. The book will be split into two volumes – one is the first complete authorised biography of the band by The Wire’s Rob Young, and the other is a collage of thoughts, visuals and interviews written and collated by Irmin Schmidt and former Electronic Beats Editor Max Dax.

In April 2017 London’s Barbican will host The Can Project, featuring Irmin Schmidt with London Symphony Orchestra/Thurston Moore and special guests. The show will be preceded by a Q&A with Rob Young, who will also read from the book, and there will also be a screening of Can’s 1972 performance at the Cologne Sporthalle on 8 April, 7.30pm.