Th' Dudes: photos by Murray Cammick

In the early days of Rip It Up when these photos were taken, Auckland lived in the shadow of Hello Sailor. They were suave, sophisticated rock musi...

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...

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

Winter, 1986 - Dalvanius Maui Prime insists a Rip It Up writer visits Hawera and Patea so he can explain his philosophy about te reo.  It's anot...

Songwriter's Choice: Jenny Morris

It's impossible to pick just 10, but here is a mixture of old songs and not so old songs, in no particular order of preference. Juice – Headless C...

The National Banjo Pickers' Convention

At first the notion of a national banjo festival taking off in New Zealand seems as unlikely as a family of hillbillies striking oil and taki...

Banjos at Dawn

The National Banjo Pickers' Conventions were about a lot more than the instrument that gave the event its name. In a 1968 Listener feature, Auc...

Duelling Banjos

Mandolinist Graham Lovejoy would join The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band in time ...

Songwriter's Choice: Dudley Benson

Dragon Swirl – Stef Animal   From the 2018 album Top Gear. Stef is a Dunedin-based producer whose work I feel staunchly proud of, and whom I...

Timmy Schumacher

Connan Mockasin

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The Warratahs

Here's a band that got together for all the right reasons – to play the music they loved with a bunch of mates down at the pub. There was no vision...

Cityfolk Record Co

Aotearoa Hip Hop Timeline

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Radio With Pictures: history 2

The move to Avalon    Radio With Pictures opening titles, 1984. For several seasons in the early 80s the theme music was Marginal Era’s ‘This Hea...

Bird Nest Roys

Duncan Campbell

Mark de Clive-Lowe

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