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...

The Galaxie

In downtown Auckland in the mid-1960s, the Galaxie was the club of a thousand dances. Teenage workers in the CBD would flock to lunchtime gigs ...

Greg Carroll – Tall tales and true

Greg Carroll was a popular figure in the New Zealand music community long before his far too early passing after a motorcycle accident in Dublin in...

Songwriter's Choice: Eve de Castro-Robinson

Delaney Davidson – I Slept Late From my first hearing of Delaney Davidson's unmistakable gritty whine, I was hooked. He kneads and stretches his w...

Janet Roddick

Ten New Zealand deep cuts

In the age of streaming where pretty much every song is instantly accessible, a lot of great music gets lost. That goes double for local artists, w...

Ten NZ venues: now and then

The juxtaposed images below are an attempt to emphasise what has changed (and what has stayed the same) in the musical culture of our cities. In ea...

On the Ball: New Zealand Rugby Songs part one

1887-1979 Rugby union is entrenched into New Zealand's psyche and is a major part of our collective DNA. A country that can boast three separate v...

Arthur Baysting

New Zealand music in the 1990s: let the airwaves flow

When I started at Apra, radio stations used to be on a roster – a week at a time, usually four weeks in a year, where they had to type out the name...

Kiwi Night, Sydney 1984

"I've learned more about New Zealand in one night than I knew in a lifetime.” So said Australian George Papanicolaou after attending the 4th Annua...

Arthur Baysting: Dreams, Schemes and Themes part 1

Peter Needham: "Mick Jagger bought us a beer!” I first met Arthur while working in Wellington for the NZ Listener. I started there in 1968 as a so...

Arthur Baysting: Dreams, Schemes and Themes part 2

Nick Bollinger: trying out his Elvis moves I met Neville Purvis before I met Arthur Baysting. I was 19 and playing in Rick Bryant's band Rough Jus...

Corben Simpson

The Gathering

To paraphrase a famous hippie festival homily, if you can remember it you probably weren't there. Despite its relatively small audiences and relati...

Aotearoa Country Timeline - Part One

Aotearoa Country Timeline - Part Two

Pretty Wicked Head & The Desperate Men

Charlie Tumahai: Boot Hill to Be Bop and Back

"Boy is what they call me, but my real name is Charlie.” That was the catch-cry the cousins living in Kitemoana Street, Ōrākei, responded to as Cha...

A E I O U – milestones in Māori music

I unashamedly proclaim my aroha for our fair country Aotearoa and have done so for as long as I can remember. This extends to all areas of ende...

Songwriter's Choice: Greg Johnson

Sierra Leone – Coconut Rough  One of the few New Zealand tunes from the 80s that really had that synth sound and a classic structure with it. ...

Don McGlashan

Suzanne Prentice

The Front Lawn

So many of the greatest songs contain a story. The majority of these songs allow you to fill in the gaps, to complete your own story by deliberatel...

Incubator

Incubator Studios was not a typical professional recording studio. Apart from anything else, it was situated in a six-bedroom flat. Yet it beca...

Jan Hellriegel: Sportsman of the Year

In 2019 Jan Hellriegel released her fourth studio album, Sportsman of the Year: A Suburban Philosophy, simultaneously with a book of essays of th...

Herbs: Whats’ Be Happen?

In early 1863, on the eve of the Waikato War, Ngāti Whātua chief Paora Tūhaere purchased the schooner Victoria for £1,400 and set off with 20 of hi...

Jan Hellriegel

Herbs: He Rata Kouru Nui

East Cape, 1987: "Men may come, men may go, but Ruatoria goes on forever.” Beneath the imposing portals of a wharenui, an elder from the Ngāti Por...

Herbs: Reflections on Ruatoria

Not a lot was said on the way home from Ruatoria. "Everyone was so overjoyed, they were speechless,” says Herbs' bassist Charlie Tumahai. "What I l...

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