Honky Tonk Heroes – Ritchie Pickett & The Inlaws

Fuelled by a massive sponsorship deal with Jim Beam, Ritchie Pickett & The Inlaws burnt brightly and partied hard for a short period of the 198...

Bandstand: New Zealanders on Australian TV

Video may have killed the radio star for the MTV generation, but during the 1960s in Australia, radio stars became household faces when they appear...

Barry Saunders

Ten moments in New Zealand funk

AudioCulture writer Alan Perrott reveals his "highly subjective and personal” top 10 moments in New Zealand funk. -- First sighting of Mark Willi...

Barry Saunders: South into Winter

Taihape, 1998: Barry Saunders is on the move. His album Magnetic South is out in a few days and, restless until then, he goes for a long drive. He ...

Invercargill marches on

Mention music and Invercargill and – Keith Richards's slur notwithstanding – a rich tradition comes to mind. Many have been honoured in recent year...

Caroline Easther

Brothers and Sisters, 1992

NEW ORLEANS, April, 1992 – "I'll give you a quote for your magazine.” Cyril Neville puts his arm around me. He has a broad grin on his face, which ...

Moana and the Tribe

One of the most powerful and politically pointed performances at the 2014 Womad festival in New Plymouth came from Moana and the Tribe who – to thu...

Bernie Griffen

Hoghton Hughes

Nathan Haines

Sisters Underground

Listening In – Cassandra’s Ears, 1988

In three years of existence Cassandra's Ears have survived line-up changes, dreadful southern recording studios and a nightclub audience expecting ...

Hair on trial

The New Zealand premiere of Hair opened to great fanfare at His Majesty's Theatre in Auckland on Saturday, 26 February 1972. It had been a long tim...

Inside the Hair tribe, 1972

I was a teenager with my head in the clouds and Dylan songs on my brain and guitar when I first heard this chorus on the radio:  "Gliddy glub gloo...

Barry Blackler

Moana Maniapoto

Mahinaarangi Tocker

Richard Eriwata

Beat Rhythm Fashion

A Clothesline Conversation, 1985

Mahina Tocker – musician, singer, songwriter, lesbian mother – is of Ngāti Raukawa and Tainui descent. Most of her music is directly about her bein...

Dogs in NZ music: barking up the right tree

You are in a pub, or at a dinner party or a social event anywhere in New Zealand and someone starts a conversation about the nation's five or six d...

Neon Picnic: no free lunch

Introduction  With 30 years' hindsight, the failed Neon Picnic festival of January 1988 can be seen as the Fyre festival of its day. It was a flaw...

Neon Picnic: the clean up

The Neon Picnic location at Pukekawa, 66km south of Auckland, was "eerie” when Chrissy Duggan drove in to set up a women's space. Discussions with ...

Malcolm Black

Leo de Castro

Splore

Like Entrain, The Gathering and a hundred smaller parties, Splore was the product of the global dance music boom being brought home to ferment in l...

Stoned Guitar: 10 New Zealand acid rock albums

Introduction The 1960s saw the guitar emerge as the pre-eminent instrument of rock music. English and American guitar heroes such as Eric Clapton,...

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