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All Gates Open: The Story Of Can published in May

Faber and Faber announce the release date for the two-book biography penned by The Wire's Rob Young and Can's Irmin Schmidt

This May will see the publication of the definitive portrait of cherished experimental rock group Can. Titled All Gates Open: The Story Of Can, it's divided into two separate parts and features a host of previously unseen art and photos.

The first book has The Wire's Rob Young pen the full biography of the band, drawing on unique interviews with all its founding members and vocalists, as well as friends and acquaintances. Book two, titled Can Kiosk, has been assembled by founding member Irmin Schmidt and is touted as a collage, featuring an oral history collated by former Electronic Beats editor Max Dax, and Robert Defcon. It also includes a selection of interviews conducted by Schmidt with musicians and film makers including Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Mark E Smith, Daniel Miller, Wim Wenders and John Malkovich, and extracts from Schmidt’s notebooks and diaries from 2013–14.

Published by Faber and Faber on 5 May, All Gates Open: The Story Of Can is available for pre-order as a hardback edition for £25. There is also a limited edition version available for pre-order from 5 April for a price of £250.