The Blues Down Under

New Zealand can't claim to have produced any of the world's biggest blues stars. We are 12,000 kilometres from the music's Mississippi birthplace, ...

Songwriter's Choice: Charlotte Yates

Counting The Beat – The Swingers I liked Split Enz when Phil Judd was in it and Second Thoughts was the first pop record I proudly bought – albeit...

Ross Cunningham interviews Peter Jefferies

In December 2016 I travelled to New Plymouth to film an interview with Peter Jefferies. I'd seen him perform three times in the previous eight mont...

Dennis Huggard

Benny Staples

10 songs about faith

Here are 10 songs that tackle the subject of religious faith and managed to make waves in the wider culture. God Defend New Zealand Thomas Bracke...

Post Punk Auckland 1980 - First in Line - the first six months

It had been building for a while: an impatience with the linear rock and pop, black American forms and album-orientated rock of the late 1970s and ...

Post Punk Auckland in 1980 - All Dressed Up - the second six months

Auckland's young bands and gig-going population flooded the city's available venues in the second half of 1980. XS Café, Rumba Bar, New Station Hot...

Zodiac Records label artwork

The record labels created by Eldred Stebbing and his brother Phil at the start of the 1950s have endured now for almost 70 years, and in 2017 there...

Songwriter's Choice: Jim Hall

Blimey. Where do I start? The truth of the matter is that, though I have worked exclusively as a composer/arranger/producer for over 40 years, I se...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 4

The grooves of a record might be where you find the show business, but the label is where you find the business. In days gone by, company, artist, ...

Rotorua Maori Choir

Johnny and Millie Bradfield

Ike Metekingi

JPS Experience

Doug Caldwell

The Rocket Jocks

The Civic

The Sunrise of the New Show World was the fitting title for the very first show at the newly opened Civic Theatre in Auckland in late December 1929...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 3

Record cover design as a branch of taxidermy? It sounds like a cue for jokes about stuffed pop stars, but for our purposes, looking at sound and vi...

Civic: the Music

Whenever the Civic Theatre is mentioned in a musical context, two memories always come up. Auckland music fans now looking at 70 mention the Rollin...

Mikey was in my bedroom!

Big hair and big schemes: Push Push's plans for global domination, as expressed in Rip It Up, March 1992.  -- Love 'em or hate 'em, Push Push are...

Songwriter's Choice: Jay Clarkson

I chose 10 New Zealand songs really quickly as otherwise I would have been dithering forever. The order in which I have placed these songs is not i...

Ten Riffs on the Maori Strum

What is the most popular and enduring guitar style to have yet emerged from Aotearoa-New Zealand? The best contender has to be the "Māori strum”. ...

Red McKelvie – the Session Years

Natural-born guitar picker Red McKelvie describes his progression from wine bar performer in Sydney in the late 1960s to one of New Zealand and Aus...

Fake News and The Pretty Things

Looking back, the wild tales of drunken loutishness surrounding the Pretty Things 1965 New Zealand tour confirmed everything our parents told us ab...

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