Writing Social End Product – New Zealand’s 1960s music history magazine

I was mad for How Was The Air Up There? – the K-tel Records compilation of indigenous 1960s sounds released in New Zealand in 1980. It was New Zeal...

Pioneering Palmerston North pub players – part 2

The Cyclones, Sounds of Four, Soundproof, Milkshake, Snatch After becoming a key member of The Pictones, The Flares Show Band and The Big Three, b...

Pioneering Palmerston North pub players - part 1

The Pictones, The Flares, The Big Three, The Saints Before teen idols and beat music challenged the middle of the road brassy tedium of dance hall...

Alastair Riddell

APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2016

The 2016 APRA Silver Scroll award was won by Thomas Oliver for his song 'If I Move to Mars'. At the function in Auckland on 29 September, it ...

Tommy at the Pines

Introduction Tommy Adderley left England a merchant seaman, and arrived in New Zealand a singer. He was just 19, and had already been at sea for f...

Toni Williams

Dave Hartstone

Moana Maniapoto

A brief history of the modern era of Hamilton recording studios 1980 - 2015

When I sat down to write this account about the modern era of Hamilton recording studios the first obstacle I encountered was the lack of chronicle...

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

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