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Musical siblings

NZ musicians certainly like to keep it in the family, with (at last count) 38 sets of sibling pairs. That’s a fairly substantial list, but wh...

Wellington alternative music venues 1978-82

In Roger Watkins’ book on the Wellington bands of the 60s and early 70s, When Rock Got Rolling, there’s a map showing the locations of ...

Murray Grindlay

When The Cat's Away, Onetangi, Waiheke, 2001

From the lens and collection of Mark Roach comes this selection of When The Cat's Away photographs taken on Waiheke Island late 2001. The band...

Andrew Spittle

Roi Colbert on Lutha

The following appeared in New Zealand Rolling Stone, May 24 1973.   – "If we played what we wanted to we wouldn't be able to live fr...

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Top 10 songs about the sea

Across The Line Wellington Sea Shanty Society (original 1850s, this version 2013) It seems appropriate to start this list with a song that marks ...

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When The Cat's Away

There was no Svengali behind the five young female vocalists deciding to go on stage together. It was their own concept, inspired by a chance meeti...

Pacific Underground

New Plymouth scene 1987-2007 - thirsty work

In the first part of this overview we looked at New Plymouth's rock and alternative scene from 1980 to 1987. The story continues … -- Asid...

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Stellar*

The roots of the band lay in mid-to-late-80s Christchurch, where drummer Andrew Maclaren was introduced to Boh Runga as a potential vocalist for hi...

I Remember Bruno

A couple of months ago a new acquaintance asked me, “Hey, do you remember Bruno Lawrence?” I had to smile, just mention the name and I ...

This Sporting Life

Crystal Zoom!

New Plymouth scene 1980-1987 - inmates in images

“There was nothing going down at all.” Not just for Lou Reed’s 'Sweet Jane', as she faced the dawn of the 70s, but in New Plymo...

The Kiwi Animal

The Heartbreakers

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland - a photographic memoir

Jackson Perry is an Auckland photographer and avid music fan. This page is his personal musical memoir of the first six Auckland St. Jerome&rs...

Leo de Castro

Simon Lynch's 1970s images

Simon Lynch has been part of Auckland's music scene for just about as long as anyone can recall. Originally from Papakura in South Auckland, he beg...

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Deep Obsession

After signing to Universal Music New Zealand, Deep Obsession first hit No.1 with ‘Lost In Love’, a cover version of the 1970s hit ...

The Kiwi Hit Disc

The Kiwi Hit Disc began as an idea and grew into a New Zealand music institution, an aural account of our popular music history over close to a qua...

Mike Chunn's Split Enz images

Mike Chunn was a member of Split Ends (Split Enz after February 1974) from October 1972 until April 1977. These images are from his ...

Writing Mysterex - New Zealand’s first punk rock history magazine - 1999 to 2007

Talk about an odd couple. Teaming up in 1999 with straight edge North Shore punk and fledgling reissue label head Simon Kay for the first two issue...

The Official New Zealand Music Charts

History Since May 2 1975 New Zealand has had an official music chart, based on a weekly survey that tracks music sales to measure current music po...

Top 10 political songs

1. My Old Man’s An All Black (1960) Howard Morrison Quartet On the surface, this tune is just a light-hearted re-write of ‘My Old Man...