Writing the Book on Hip Hop

Gareth Shute recounts writing Hip Hop Music In Aotearoa. Picture this: the foyer area of a high-rise apartment building in Singapore and four kids...

Begg’s: the Musical and Electrical Centre

Begg's, Ward Street, Hamilton in the 1960s - Alexander Turnbull Library In 1943 the Begg’s chain of stores ran a series of advertisements ...

Kurtz Lounge and @Luna

Symonds Street in Auckland is no stranger to the dark delights of nocturnal rock and roll. Early punk venues sprang up in and around the city thoro...

The lost websites

“Computer says no.” We have all had those moments clicking on a link or a bookmarked page and seen something like this, right? It&r...

“We Were Just Hopelessly, Crazily Rock ‘n’ Rolly!” - The Larry Morris interview

This interview first appeared in Real Groove magazine in two parts in 2001. –– Larry Morris tried a few other occupations as a teen...

5 Years On - Life After Sailor

The following article appeared in RipItUp magazine, August 1982. – Design by Peter Adams The night of The Legionnaires' gig for Highway ...

Clive Cockburn

The Terminals

Auckland and beyond 1978-86

These images of various bands and assorted Auckland punk scene faces from 1978 through to the mid-1980s came from a private collection and have bee...

Blam Blam Blam at the St James

A reformed Blam Blam Blam at the True Colours Festival at the St James, Auckland, Friday 30 May 2003. All photos by Mark Roach. Blam Blam ...

Radio One

Radio One was not the first student radio station to be set up in New Zealand, nor was it the last. Arguably, however, it was one of the most imp...

Sara Leigh Lewis exhibition part.2

More images of the Auckland punk scene in 1979 and 1980 from the lens of Sara Leigh Lewis. Part one can be found here. The first six images are ta...

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Mal Logan

The New Zealand keyboard player, a sought after session player, arranger and producer, was a mainstay of the Renee Geyer Band on the road and in th...

Dixieland Cabaret

Dixieland Cabaret In late March 1922 Auckland was abuzz with the news that a new cabaret called the Dixieland was soon to open. Rumours were swirl...

Real Groovy

Paul Hartigan's famous Real Groovy neon As Auckland’s longest-running secondhand record store, Real Groovy has not only proved its mo...

Brendan Dugan

Faith Singers - essential New Zealand music history, memoir and fiction, 1964 - 2015

Rock books don’t sell in New Zealand. Especially when they are about New Zealand sounds. That was a New Zealand publisher’s mantra for ...

Sweet Transvestite – Richard O’Brien and The Rocky Horror Show in New Zealand

Near the southern end of Victoria Street, Hamilton’s main drag, a spindly-bronzed man points a ray gun at the heart of the city. A rare symbo...

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10 songs about drinking

Most venues in New Zealand happen to be bars, so it’s no surprise to find that plenty of local musicians have penned lyrics on the subject of...

The Gypsy Pickers

New Zealand’s first jazz recording

Epi Shalfoon's Melody Boys, Rotorua, 1935. From left: Ron Knowles, Tony Shalfoon, Norman Steele, Epi Shalfoon, Jim Aspen, Colin Castleton, Dick T...

Michael Grafton-Green

The Plainsmen

Where did all those cool guys go? Kevin Hill’s photos of Christchurch rock bands 1968-1980

Kevin Hill’s collection of photographs of Christchurch rock bands from 1968 to 1980 is one of the most comprehensive groupings of images on a...

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Joe Wylie

In the 90s he stopped and didn’t draw for many years. The Christchurch earthquakes brought him back to life as an artist and his funny and in...

Desna Sisarich

Colourblind - Auckland’s Dance Music Scene in 1993

“You see I grew up in a brown neighbourhoodI learnt a few lessons like a white brother shouldabout the struggle that goes on and on and onto ...

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