Moana Maniapoto

Ten more essential New Zealand albums

One hundred albums. It might sound like a lot, but in putting together my book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums, there was still a surprising numbe...

Midnight Rider - the magazine with five names

First published in 1973, Midnight Rider was a Dunedin-based music magazine which had the unusual ability to change its masthead assuming the follow...

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Song lines

So let the St. Joseph’s Māori Girls keep singin’ There ain’t no silver lining for the Land of the Long White Cloud ... I was recently at a dinner ...

APRA Silver Scrolls – the 1990s

The 1990s was the decade when the APRA Silver Scrolls as we now know them arrived, thanks to the appearance of several key figures who transformed ...

Y’all Come - New Zealand country music on television 1968 to 1987

For a 20-year period from the late 1960s, country music was the soundtrack of light entertainment on New Zealand television. Shows such as The Coun...

BFM - the pirates

The story of Radio B's pirate broadcasts in the 1970s has been all but lost until now – in part because the pirate adventures were officially nothi...

BFM - the first ten years

Like Radio Hauraki before it, the station we now call 95bFM began at sea. During capping week in 1969, a group of University of Auckland students g...

Rochelle Vinsen

Toi Te Kupu, Toi Te Mana, Toi Te Whenua – Dalvanius: the Te Reo Manifesto

It's another Saturday night at the Papatoetoe Inn. On the tiny stage is Dalvanius, up from Hawera on the bus for two nights with the resident ban...

Satellite Spies

Claude Papesch

I didn’t go looking for punk …

I didn't go looking for punk but punk came looking for RipItUp. I recall that I had crossed Airedale Street to avoid the fearsome Suburban Reptiles...

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Dalvanius

‘Poi E’ is correctly considered the pinnacle of his musical career but to get there Dalvanius studied on stages in bars, clubs, cabarets, concert h...

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DLT

Darryl Leigh Thomson first came across hip hop after moving to Wellington from Maraenui, a suburb of Napier, in the early 1980s. “I spent the seven...

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Toy Love

The Dunedin and Christchurch band, born out of The Enemy and The Basketcases, had catchy and provocative songs to burn. They were also one of the e...

Chippendale House

One of Dunedin's great assets is its stock of historic buildings – from the gothic elegance of First Church, to the Christmas cake trimmings of the...

Tony Littlejohn

Lindsay Marks

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin has long been something of a local identity, known both for his tenure with popular metal outfit Knightshade and through his cult heavy...

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

Early Waikato and Hamilton rock and roll

You need look no further than the Waikato rock and roll of the late 1950s and early 1960s to see how completely a New Zealand music scene can disap...

The Dead C - Why use two chords when one will do? - part 1

Famously unsung in their home country, a painter, a philosopher, and a pop drummer faced their royally Rogered late-eighties reality, turned post-p...

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Greg Page

When Page is not putting images to music, the star of the 2011 TV Reality show Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger (and the former voice of Vodafone a...

Dick Frizzell

The South Auckland club scene 1983-89

Simon Lynch's photographic profiles on AudioCulture have covered several important eras and scenes, including 70s and 80s rock, but none were more ...

Lynne and Celine Toner

The Oriental

For a while it seemed everyone played at The Oriental, or the "Ori” as it was known. In the mid-80s it was often jammed-packed, choking on cigarett...

Writing In Love With These Times

The idea of writing a book about my experiences with Flying Nun had been on my mind. I'd overseen the buy-back of the label in 2009 and stepped...

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