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...

Mollett Street Madness

It was a full 20 minutes before The Doomed realised their gangly abrasive singer wasn’t coming back. Grinding to the end of an obscure cove...

Lost record stores of inner Auckland

I've had a couple of conversations recently with people about record stores in Auckland – the lost sort – where was Record Warehouse? W...

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Steve Allen

This hummable, even uplifting New Zealand anthem was already a powerful lightning rod for protest, its message of tolerance and racial harmony enra...

Yellow Bike Records

Suburban Reptiles go south

It was the year of ‘Gutter Black’ and the dark syringe symphony ‘Blue Lady’. But to many in 1977, Hello Sailor, with their ...

The Gluepot

There had been a hotel on the corner of Ponsonby and Jervois Roads, also known as Three Lamps Corner, since the 1870s. A new building was erected...

Gordon Bartram's Christchurch 1980-81

A selection of rare photos from Christchurch photographer Gordon Bartram, capturing just a small part of a vibrant live scene in the city in the ea...

Andy Anderson

Queen Street Riot memories

When AudioCulture published its article last year on the worst disorder to take place at a concert in New Zealand – the 1984 Queen Street r...

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Top 10 NZ songs about sleep

Musicians get a bad rap for being lazy layabouts and this list won’t do much to change that perception. In fact, there are almost too many tr...

Bruce Blucher

Bruce Blucher

Mark Brooks remembers The Newtones

Why did you switch from guitar to bass in Street of Flowers and The Newtones? The bass was always my favourite instrument, but Scott was loads bet...

Mike Corless and New Music Management

The pub rock scene that evolved in the late 1970s grew as an alternative to the Lion Breweries national touring circuit, which tended towards Top 4...

Paul Luker – Empty Heads, Industrial Tapes and Phantom Forth

The first era of punk in New Zealand in the late 1970s and early 1980s produced surprisingly few fanzines. Empty Heads, a printed, folded A4 maga...

Frankie Stevens

A Day in My Mind's Mind – New Zealand psychedelia Part 1

A Day in My Mind's Mind is a series of CDs encompassing the New Zealand psychedelic music scene from 1966 to 1972.
 The first three volumes were...

Hugh Sundae and the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame

The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with the induction of Jordan Luck and Johnny Devlin.  Since 2012 Hugh Sundae, fo...

Bryan Staff's Fifteen Favourite Fotos

Bryan Staff's part in the history of New Zealand popular music is multi-faceted. Best known for his label Ripper Records and that label's releases,...

Bulldogs Allstar Goodtime Band

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Charlie Tumahai

"Boy is what they call me in our street. But my real name is Charlie, like my Dad's. My Dad's people come from Tahiti, and my mother's people are N...

New Zealand invasion of Australia - the 1960s and early 1970s

In May 1959 Johnny Devlin and The Devils flew to Australia for a nationwide package tour headlined by the Everly Brothers. At tour's end, the origi...

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Pop Mechanix

Pop Mechanix were part of the new wave of groups in the late 1970s and early 1980s that breathed the same air and shared ideals with punk. They wer...