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 Rick ...

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Peking Man

The original core of Peking Man were John Fearon (drums), Neville Hall (saxophone) and Tim Calder (bass) and they were known as The Corners.  ...

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Top 10 NZ novelty songs

It may seen oxymoronic to write a top 10 list made of novelty songs, since these are the most reviled form of pop music. They’re usually wack...

Dennis O'Brien

The Jackie Matthews collection

Malcolm Hayman – known to a generation as "The Voice" – has long been regarded as one of our greatest soul and jazz vocalists. Almost t...

Gary Wahrlich - the latter years

Introduction Musician and writer Gavin Burgess came to know Gary Wahrlich, the drummer from legendary Māori showband The Quin Tikis later in his l...

When Rock Got Rolling - the Roger Watkins books

The 1980s and the 1990s were the decades when New Zealanders finally decided that our popular musical past was worth exploring, preserving and do...

Vicious Circle, Dead Image and the mid-1980s West Auckland punk scene

Weekends out West Pushed out of inner city Auckland by a lack of venues and the hard shadow of Auckland’s bootboys, by the early 1980s punk ...

Jason Young's Diary: A Loves Ugly Children and Future Stupid timeline

Jason Young, Japan, 2013 Drummer (Loves Ugly Children) and bassist (Future Stupid) Jason Young kept a gig diary during his years with the bands ...

The Kini Quartet

Marbecks

Roger and Logan Marbeck, 2014 Few New Zealand retailers can claim the kind of history that Marbecks has, let alone those in the music trade. Eig...

Hubb Kapp and The Wheels

Peter Collins and His Deaconaires

Fans: 1940s jazz fan publications

Music periodicals have a patchy history in New Zealand; very few last more than a year. There are a number of reasons for this, which mostly come d...

Rock the Boat - The Story of Radio Hauraki

The modern radio era in New Zealand started on 4 December 1966 when Radio Hauraki started broadcasting as a pirate station from the waters of ...

Hugh Sundae and The Sundae Sessions Pt.2

Part two of the New Zealand Herald Sundae Sessions, directed and compiled by Hugh Sundae. Part one can be found here. Cairo Knife Fight, 22 August...

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Paul Ubana Jones

Born in 1952 to an English mother and Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was introduced to the work ethic to which he still subscribes at a very you...

Rusty Greaves

Third Chapter

Images from the Richard James Burgess archives

A selection of mostly unseen images from Richard's personal archive, from 1960s Christchurch to Washington D.C. in the 21st Century. Richard Jam...

Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day - Ian Thomson looks back

With the sudden death of Mick Sibley from an aneurysm in November 2014, drummer Ian Thomson found himself the sole survivor of The Dark Ages line-u...

Immigrants - strangers on the shore

During Neil Finn's 1998 Try Whistling This NZ tour, he brought on stage an elderly gentleman named Ronnie Ronalde. Ronnie Ronalde! The “Pavar...

The Subliminals

Popshows

New Zealand music fans from the 1960s still recall an era of two-shows-a-night "pop spectaculars". Promoters picked and mixed the sleepless shock t...

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Glen Moffatt

Enthused with this music, Glen received his first guitar for Christmas in 1977. In 1981, coaxed with a $10 reward from his father, he made his stag...

Fans: Official jam sessions

In the 1940s New Zealand jazz fans organised jam sessions for musicians at which the fans could be audience and witness to what was usually a priva...

Fans: Official jam sessions

In the 1940s New Zealand jazz fans organised jam sessions for musicians at which the fans could be audience and witness to what was usually a priva...