Sad news from Faust's site.
Uwe Nettelbeck, founder and mentor of Faust, died on January 17th. Jean-Hervé Peron made this statement about the passing of the man who first formed and inspired Faust and was a key creative force behind the group in their early years;
"Besides being a sharp-witted but yet charming and loving husband, father and grandfather, he was an outstanding cook, a writer who always generated deep emotions and interest, and a genius, selfless music producer. Thank you Uwe for all you have done for our music. Faust is your work, no doubt ! Your work will outlast all of us. May your soul rest in peace. My sincere sympathy to his family Petra, Anouchka, Sandra, Elisha and Elsa."
I think in my mind I've appreciated Faust first and foremost for being this amazing organic, almost singular entity that presented music in a way that had rarely been referenced in the particular time of the group's inception. It took me a while to grow into recognizing individuals like Uwe within the framework (and then realized how responsible he was for the whole concept itself) and for that reason alone Faust succeeded in so many unlistable ways. Uwe himself said that the idea was to never copy anything in the Anglo-Saxon rock scene, and indeed they broke ground that people are still coming to terms with.
A previous Beware of the Blog post on Faust's lost album V (the label's rejection of which marked Uwe's loss of interest in Faust), and some rarely seen 1971 in-studio video footage from the WDR Krautrock documentary here.(3 mins., 20MB mpeg). And finally, a Melody Maker 1973 interview with Nettelbeck here.