This year’s run of Bad News continues with the May 6, 2020, news of Florian Schneider’s passing. Florian was a founder of Kraftwerk, and I was able to see him create their astonishing music in venues from Washington DC to Montreal. After leaving Kraftwerk as a performing member in 2008, Florian maintained a low profile until reappearing late in 2015 in support of anti-pollution efforts. He appeared healthy, happy, and jaunty then. RIP to someone who created music that had a vast impact which will continue to resonate long into the future. of course, Florian was the subject of the David Bowie song, “V-2 Schneider,” and if anyone deserved the honor of having Bowie create music dedicated to you, it was Florian. It’s difficult to overstate the significance of Kraftwerk’s music as a hugely influencing element on the music of countless artists.