Rob Young and Irmin Schmidt

All Gates Open: The Story Of Can - LIMITED EDITION

  • 9780571311507
  • Limited Edition Signed and Numbered. Contains Exclusive Studio Notebook and Numbered Leterpress
  • Release Date: June 3rd 2018
  • £275.00

Limited to 200 copies worldwide

Book specifications:

Each book is numbered and signed by Irmin Schmidt and Rob Young
Format: Royal (234x156mm)
Printed on 90gsm woodfree paper, and handbound, cased in yellow vinyl, text blind blocked on front and spine, printed endpapers, orange ribbon, grey head and tail bands.

Studio notebook:

78-page full colour facsimile edition of a rare communal Can studio notebook. Includes:
Scribbles and jottings by all band members revealing the group’s playful sense of humour and surrealistic chains of thought
The fragile pages show the emergence of song titles, LP sleeve and band logo proposals and mind-bending doodles and caricatures
Japanese lyrics handwritten by Damo Suzuki
Sketches of drum kit layouts by Jaki Liebezeit
Insight into how Can came up with some of their most memorable track titles


Limited edition letterpress print (based on the cover artwork)
Each print is numbered and signed by Irmin Schmidt
Solander box: Covered and lined in Colorplan Smoke paper, artwork blocked in two pigment colours (yellow and orange).

Images show original Can studio notebook, of which a high quality reproduction is included with the limited edition.
Final specifications may be subject to late change due to availability of materials.

All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN. It consists of two books.

In Book One, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of the so-called Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. Drawing on unique interviews with all the founding members of CAN, as well as their vocalists, friends, and music industry associates Young offers a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a ‘collage’ – a technique long associated with CAN’s approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band, there are interviews with artists and filmmakers and extracts of Schmidt’s notebook and diaries from 2013-14 are reproduced. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that have inspired several generations of musicians and filmmakers in the voices of the artists themselves.