Original book version out of print
Online light version abridged 1960's/70's only

2007 CD-Rom edition everything on one disc!
2008 magazine edition handy new reprint

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg - original book out of print / sold out!

Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik, & other progressive, experimental & electronic musics from Germany, 1st print run December 1996, 2nd print run May 1997, A4, 320pp book reviews

The definitive encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and all things weird and wonderful from Germany. A huge comprehensive 1kg book (thick cover, quality stitch-bound paperback), with an awesome... 1177 entries (Krautrock bands, soloists, etc.), 2500 albums (including musician details), plus non-LP singles, compilation contributions, as well as two 16 page picture sections, including many rare photos, 150+ LP covers. Praised by the media & Krautrock musicians. Well-over 4,000 copies sold!
Now rare & collectable, but new better options can be found below!

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg - html CD-Rom - out now!

689 mb, and some 3,000+ pages

Probably everything you ever needed to know about German prog & experimental music! To realistically price this project, taking in all the work that was involved, would have meant a crazily high price. But, we are not greedy, so we decided upon pricing it the same as the original book at 20, which I'm sure you'll agree is remarkable value for something that is so mind-bogglingly huge!

Info Page, Prices, PayPal, P&P=4 units see postage rates

Ultima Thule Shop Price: 20.00 inc. VAT

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg - revised 2008 magazine - new!


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Does anyone out there know
of anywhere that sells good
cheap magazine binders?

You wanted a printed version of the CD-Rom for easy reference? Well, this is it, in magazine form. It's the main guts of the Rom, all the main articles and full discographies, all crammed-in a bit more than the original book, but not some of the extra sub-pages (galleries or concert listings), and only a few of the pictures.
Here's a brief run-down of the 24 issues...

The essential
Part 1: Introduction & Behind The Scenes
Part 2: Krautrock Scene, Abacus - The Cosmic Jokers
Part 3: Krautrock Scene, Coupla Prog - Frob
Part 4: Krautrock Scene, Edgar Froese - Kraftwerk

Part 5: Krautrock Scene, Kraftwerk - Popol Vuh
Part 6: Krautrock Scene, Popol Vuh - Steeple Chase Bluesband
Part 7: Krautrock Scene, Sternenmädchen - Zyma
Part 8: Cuckoos & Scrambled Eggs

The appendices
Part 9: Austria & Switzerland
Part 10: DDR [former East Germany]
Part 11: Beat & Historical / Retro & Neo-Psych
Part 12: Avant-Garde / Sonic Art & Noise
Part 13: Jazz & Fusions, Acoustic - Kühn & Quintus
Part 14: Jazz & Fusions, Rolf Kühn - York, MacDowell, Schmid
Part 15: Folk & Ethnic / Neo-Prog / Metal
Part 16: Neue Deutsche Welle

Part 17: Synth & New-Age, ACI - Megabyte
Part 18: Synth & New-Age, Peter Mergener - Jens Zygar
Part 19: Rumours & Mysteries: Albatros - Zoff
Part 20: Rejects & Misfits / Reformations
Part 21: Samplers
Part 22: Other Samplers / Festivals / TV & Radio
Part 23: Labels & Distributors: Admiral - Long Hair Music
Part 24: Labels & Distributors: Lord - ZYX Music / Pop Import

We're issuing them in batches of 4, priced 3 per issue, or 10 per 4 issue batch (+ P&P 2 units each). Note: there is no VAT (tax) on publications in the UK, and thus no export tax discount on these.