This review was originally on Goodreads
Can’s Tago Mago is a complex album, filled with weird sounds and scant melodies. Yet is is inventive and an immersive experience. Author Alan Warner, however, does not really tackle the album from a technical point of view, rather he makes Tago Mago the epicentre of his coming of age into music. If you’re looking for a good anecdote about music consumerism in the late 70’s then this is a great book. If you want to know more about specific drums the skip to the last 20 pages, where Warner interviews Jaki Liebezeit and Michael Karoli and they talk about the recording and certain trivia.
Personally I like the mix of personal and factual, and it doubles as an enjoyable read.