Kemp Tuirirangi

Māori Volcanics

Don't Let It Get You

  Watch: Don't Let It Get You trailer, 1966.To stream the complete film, watch part one at the bottom of this story and follow the link to NZ On ...

Don’t Let it Get You: the back story

On the face of it, John O'Shea – the director of Don't Let It Get You – was an unlikely auteur. A shy, stuttering Irishman with no formal training,...

Off the Rails: 10 New Zealand Train Songs

Greg Fleming at The Lab Recording Studio. - Photo by Ted-Baghurst The train has had a long and storied history in American blues and rock'n'roll...

Upper Hutt Posse

Suburban Reptiles

Rykenberg: mystery musicians

Identifying the full range of musicians photographed by John Rykenberg and his staff is a difficult task. Some are famous; many combos are ensemble...

Rational Records

Wide Mouthed Frogs

Rykenberg: Auckland by night

Weddings, parties, anything: photographer John Rykenberg captured Auckland life in the 1950s and 60s, and many of his photographs feature musicians...

The Warratahs

Deane Waretini

Th' Dudes: photos by Murray Cammick

In the early days of Rip It Up when these photos were taken, Auckland lived in the shadow of Hello Sailor. They were suave, sophisticated rock musi...

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...

Songwriter's Choice: Jenny Morris

It's impossible to pick just 10, but here is a mixture of old songs and not so old songs, in no particular order of preference. Juice – Headless C...

The National Banjo Pickers' Convention

At first the notion of a national banjo festival taking off in New Zealand seems as unlikely as a family of hillbillies striking oil and taki...

Banjos at Dawn

The National Banjo Pickers' Conventions were about a lot more than the instrument that gave the event its name. In a 1968 Listener feature, Auc...

Duelling Banjos

Mandolinist Graham Lovejoy would join The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band in time ...

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