Andrew McLennan

Jonathan Ganley's Straitjacket Fits images

Jonathan Ganley has been photographing New Zealand music since the 1980s. His work can be found here. – “Their brand of Pop is probab...

The Corben Simpson story part 1

Corben Simpson got his first taste of the limelight aged 11 years when variety act Lou and Simon, performing at the Manurewa Intermediate school as...

Luke Buda revisits The Phoenix Foundation

Luke Buda, The Phoenix Foundation co-front-man, is always an entertaining, distinctive interview. Here he revisits the Wellington band’s six ...

Ancient Times: The Mockers live across Auckland 1984–1985

I had been a long time Mockers fan, first seeing them at The Windsor Castle on the Cleopatra tour. There had been clips on Radio With Pictures but ...

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Margaret Urlich

When Peking Man and Margaret Urlich signed to CBS Australia, the company had a new managing director, Denis Handlin, who wanted to prove that an Au...

The Flying Nun adverts

From its inception until the time it moved offices to Auckland in 1988, the number 3000 meant just one thing to countless New Zealand (and as time ...

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Top 10 NZ collaborations

This Top 10 places the spotlight on great New Zealand songs that have resulted from a combined effort between independently well-known acts. There ...

Straitjacket Fits

The Ken Cooper archives Part 2

The second part of promoter Ken Cooper's image archive. Part one is here. The Ken Cooper photographs Part 2 ...

The Ken Cooper archives Part 1

Ken Cooper was one of the important promoters, club owners and band managers in Wellington for many decades, and in 2016 is still active. His story...

Flying Nun Records 1981-1991 - a fan remembers the first 10 years

“The faithful know it’s there. Up a dusty timeworn staircase, two stories up in an ageing Queen St office block in Auckland’s c...

Edward Castelow

MUZAI Records

Frank Douglas

Dale Wrightson

Darryn Paterson-Harkness

Truda Chadwick

Shayne Carter on Bored Games

The following story first appeared in Mysterex magazine No. 3, February 2004. –– At the tail end of the seventies, The Enemy played a...

Clinton Brown

Roger Shepherd interview, 1997

 The following interview with Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd, conducted by John Russell first appeared in RipItUp magazine in July 1997, sh...

Number one without a bullet

Written by Chris Bourke, the following story was first published in the NZ Listener in March 2001. It looks at the changes made in the way New Zeal...

Val Elliott & The Rhythm Ramblers

Simon Lynch's early 80s rock and roll photos

Simon Lynch has been a key part of the Auckland music scene since the 1970s. In the 21st Century, Simon is an engineer and technician at Stebbing S...

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

In 1943 the Begg’s chain of stores ran a series of advertisements in the New Zealand Listener titled “The story of music in New Zea...

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...

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