Tony Backhouse

Top Hat Napier

It was the place to be, the place to be seen, and also the place to play. Napier had a reputation where it had become the "vibrant city where you...

Tony Backhouse’s a cappella epiphany

Playing in soul and R&B-based bands in New Zealand and Australia, Tony Backhouse knew something of the history and singing traditions behind th...

1ZB Radio Theatre: the Art Deco years

It was where seven worlds could collide, from big bands to punk. Durham Street West was ground zero for popular music in Auckland for many decades:...

1ZM Radio Workshop: the rock invasion

In the mid-70s there was a brief period when several of Auckland's top rock bands sneaked into the Art Deco temple that was the 1ZB Radio Theatre a...

North Shore Rock'n'roll: 2004-2010

The explosion of retro-influenced rock'n'roll groups from the North Shore around 2004-2010 was remarkable given the sheer youthfulness of the bands...

Peter Madill, guitar maker

Guitar playing did not figure in Peter Madill's life until he went to a mid-1960s Peter, Paul and Mary concert in Dunedin at the age of 18. There h...

1ZB Radio Theatre: the jazz era fades

Broadcasting's radio band system gave regular work each week to the best popular musicians in each of the main centres, for nearly 30 years. Popula...

Calder Prescott

Arthur Pearce

Ten hero guitars

The recent return of the "long lost” guitar that graced the cover of the era-defining AK79 album had the AudioCulture boffins abuzz about other unu...

Graeme Allwright

Coconut Rough

Valhalla: hole in the wall, hall of the fallen

154 Vivian Street is today something of a Wellington live music institution, though that has not always been the case. Initially constructed in 192...

Disjecta Membra

Straitjacket Fits

The Mutton Birds

Rachel Dawick

Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce: the piano has been thinking

Stuart Pearce recounts some of the memorable moments of his more than four decades in the New Zealand music industry, including playing on and cont...

Johnny and The Contacts

Walter Sinton

Johnny Volume: The Scavengers and the early days of NZ punk - part one

Ken Cooke's place in New Zealand rock 'n' roll history is assured, as is that of the band he formed in 1977: The Scavengers. Ken is probably better...

Aotearoa Punk Timeline 1976-81

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