Michael Karoli

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Michael Karoli (29 April 1948 – 17 November 2001) was a German guitarist, violinist and composer. He was a founding member of the influential krautrock band Can.

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Krautrock is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in Germany in the late 1960s among bands who blended psychedelic rock with electronic music, funk, minimalism, jazz, and the avant-garde. Artists largely rejected the traditional blues influences of Anglo-American rock music, instead embracing hypnotic rhythms and electronic instrumentation. The term "krautrock" was coined by British music journalists in the early 1970s as a humorous umbrella label for the diverse German scene.

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Michael Karoli was born and grew up in Straubing, Bavaria, moving to St. Gallen, Switzerland by the time he finished school. He learned to play the guitar, violin and cello as a child, and played in numerous jazz and dance bands. In 1966, he met and befriended Holger Czukay, who was his guitar teacher for a while. After he graduated he began studies of the law until leaving in 1968 to form Can with Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, and David Johnson. His main role was that of the guitarist, with occasional uncredited violin performances, and later also providing vocals. He was a constant member of the band, playing with it between 1968 and its break-up in 1979. He also joined the band for its three reunions, in 1986, 1991, and 1999.

Straubing Place in Bavaria, Germany

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Bavaria State in Germany

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St. Gallen Place in Switzerland

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Karoli died from an undisclosed form of cancer in 2001 in Essen, Germany, aged 53. [1]

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Essen Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Karoli's cousin, Constanze Karoli, and then-girlfriend Eveline Grunwald are the models on the cover of Roxy Music's 1974 album Country Life.

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  1. "Julian Cope presents Head Heritage - Unsung - Michael Karoli 1948-2001". Julian Cope presents Head Heritage. Retrieved 5 December 2017.