Rick Bryant, 1983: Soul Satisfaction

"I've been singing those sad, sad songs. Sad songs, all I know” – Otis Redding Rick Bryant must be the hardest worker in local rock music. Talk ab...

Arthur Baysting

Rick Bryant on Rough Justice

Fresh from 12 months in Wi Tako prison (now Rimutaka Prison) for cannabis related offences and hungry for the road, Wellington R&B singer R...

Rick Bryant’s glory days at the Gluepot

For musicians, playing the Gluepot meant you'd made the grade. When you actually live in pubs for a period of years, moving every couple of days, w...

Song of a Young Country

In 1971 singer, composer and folksong collector Neil Colquhoun released a concept album of songs by – or re-creating the experience of – the Pa...

Sara-Jane Auva'a

Mike Walker: gigs, venues, people

To keep the coffers full, a career musician has to be supremely adaptable to changing circumstances, musical genres, gigs, venues and bar owners of...

Francisca Griffin

Radio With Pictures: history 3

Promotion of New Zealand content   Radio With Pictures wasn't just a repository for music videos; it was an active producer of music video conten...

Radio With Pictures: history 4

Perception of local videos    Although some bands disliked being put through the Avalon mill, appearing on Radio With Pictures via a video clip s...

The Stebbing Legacy

Talking with Eldred Stebbing was like being with a living encyclopaedia of New Zealand music history. He had sharp recollections of local musical c...

Zodiac Heritage Series

Nearly 2000 tracks from the archives of Stebbing's are readily available on Spotify, in themed compilations. Digitised by Stebbing's engineer Steve...

Charley Gray

Jazz drummer, groundbreaking manager of Th' Dudes, pioneering café venue proprietor and restaurateur, innovative cinema operator, Charley Gray has ...

Southside of Bombay

Ruia and Ranea Aperahama

All the Young Dudes

Should you ask me to put a date on when Th' Dudes began, I'd point to a Saturday afternoon sometime early in the Auckland summer of 1975. If the pa...

The Galaxie

In downtown Auckland in the mid-1960s, the Galaxie was the club of a thousand dances. Teenage workers in the CBD would flock to lunchtime gigs ...

Greg Carroll – Tall tales and true

Greg Carroll was a popular figure in the New Zealand music community long before his far too early passing after a motorcycle accident in Dublin in...

Songwriter's Choice: Eve de Castro-Robinson

Delaney Davidson – I Slept Late From my first hearing of Delaney Davidson's unmistakable gritty whine, I was hooked. He kneads and stretches his w...

Janet Roddick

Ten New Zealand deep cuts

In the age of streaming where pretty much every song is instantly accessible, a lot of great music gets lost. That goes double for local artists, w...

Ten NZ venues: now and then

The juxtaposed images below are an attempt to emphasise what has changed (and what has stayed the same) in the musical culture of our cities. In ea...

On the Ball: New Zealand Rugby Songs part one

1887-1979 Rugby union is entrenched into New Zealand's psyche and is a major part of our collective DNA. A country that can boast three separate v...

Arthur Baysting

New Zealand music in the 1990s: let the airwaves flow

When I started at Apra, radio stations used to be on a roster – a week at a time, usually four weeks in a year, where they had to type out the name...

Kiwi Night, Sydney 1984

"I've learned more about New Zealand in one night than I knew in a lifetime.” So said Australian George Papanicolaou after attending the 4th Annua...

Arthur Baysting: Dreams, Schemes and Themes part 1

Peter Needham: "Mick Jagger bought us a beer!” I first met Arthur while working in Wellington for the NZ Listener. I started there in 1968 as a so...

Arthur Baysting: Dreams, Schemes and Themes part 2

Nick Bollinger: trying out his Elvis moves I met Neville Purvis before I met Arthur Baysting. I was 19 and playing in Rick Bryant's band Rough Jus...

Corben Simpson

The Gathering

To paraphrase a famous hippie festival homily, if you can remember it you probably weren't there. Despite its relatively small audiences and relati...

Aotearoa Country Timeline - Part One

Aotearoa Country Timeline - Part Two

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