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Major box set explores the extensive back catalogue of Holger Czukay

Cinema anthology marks what would have been the late Can bassist’s 80th birthday

German label Grönland has announced the release of Cinema, a retrospective box set commemorating the work of the late bassist and Can founder member Holger Czukay. Cinema will explore Czukay’s extensive solo catalogue, as well as his most significant collaborations with the likes of Brian Eno, Jah Wobble and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others. It will also include previously unreleased music.

Cinema’s release coincides with what would have been Czukay's 80th birthday (he was born on 24 March 1938 in the then free city of Danzig, now Gdansk, Poland). It also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Can. Running over five discs, of either CD or vinyl, it covers five decades of Czukay's career in chronological order. The vinyl set includes a previously unreleased 7" vinyl video for Czukay's “Cool In The Pool”, taken from his 1979 album Movies. And completing the package of both sets are a photo booklet, a biography penned by Ian Harrison, and a DVD of the slapstick comedy Krieg Der Töne featuring Czukay.

Cinema will be released on 23 March by Herbert Grönemeyer’s label Grönland. This year will also see the publication of All Gates Open: The Biography Of Can by Can's Irmin Schmidt and The Wire's Rob Young, by Faber And Faber. Recently, Rob wrote about the private and public face of Czukay in The Wire 405. Subscribers can read that via Exact Editions.

Watch “Cool In The Pool”: