Songwriter's Choice: Jim Hall

Blimey. Where do I start? The truth of the matter is that, though I have worked exclusively as a composer/arranger/producer for over 40 years, I se...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 4

The grooves of a record might be where you find the show business, but the label is where you find the business. In days gone by, company, artist, ...

Rotorua Maori Choir

Johnny and Millie Bradfield

Ike Metekingi

JPS Experience

Doug Caldwell

The Rocket Jocks

The Civic

The Sunrise of the New Show World was the fitting title for the very first show at the newly opened Civic Theatre in Auckland in late December 1929...

Sound and Vision: Album Design 3

Record cover design as a branch of taxidermy? It sounds like a cue for jokes about stuffed pop stars, but for our purposes, looking at sound and vi...

Civic: the Music

Whenever the Civic Theatre is mentioned in a musical context, two memories always come up. Auckland music fans now looking at 70 mention the Rollin...

Mikey was in my bedroom!

Big hair and big schemes: Push Push's plans for global domination, as expressed in Rip It Up, March 1992.  -- Love 'em or hate 'em, Push Push are...

Songwriter’s Choice: Jay Clarkson

I chose 10 New Zealand songs really quickly as otherwise I would have been dithering forever. The order in which I have placed these songs is not i...

Ten Riffs on the Māori Strum

What is the most popular and enduring guitar style to have yet emerged from Aotearoa-New Zealand? The best contender has to be the "Māori strum”. ...

Red McKelvie – the Session Years

Natural-born guitar picker Red McKelvie describes his progression from wine bar performer in Sydney in the late 1960s to one of New Zealand and Aus...

Fake News and The Pretty Things

Looking back, the wild tales of drunken loutishness surrounding the Pretty Things 1965 New Zealand tour confirmed everything our parents told us ab...

Kaplan on Paris - the Bob Paris story

The Bob Paris Story by Bruce Kaplan First published in Joy, 16 February 1959 -- I tapped the cat on the shoulder. "Don't bug me, man, you're s...

Ten moments in New Zealand drumming

As I walked into York Street Studios one day to play on a session, I met a drummer on his way out. "I've just heard the best drum track ever,” he s...

The Bluegrass Expedition

The Cuba Mall sessions, 1979

On a typical Sunday afternoon today, Wellington's Cuba Mall is bustling with shoppers, café and bar patrons, young people hanging out, and street p...

Michael J Hex

Dragon in Fiji – Last Mandy in Nandi

Ray Goodwin was the guitarist in Dragon from its first public gig at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in January 1973 until late 1975. He compo...

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...

Joy magazine

The dusty crypt of New Zealand pop history is papered with a bizarre collection of weekly and monthly magazines: the good, the cheap and the mostly...

Insects That Jive: post punk Wellington in 1980

Chris Knox was no stranger to the curly edge of the emerging post-punk scene in New Zealand's capital city when he picked up a movie camera in Nove...

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