Malcolm Black Profile

Alan Perrott
Published: 26 Feb 2019
Updated: 10 May 2019

Pop star, entertainment lawyer, A&R director, international wheeler and dealer, manager to a New Zealand icon, APRA director, label co-owner – and on and on it goes. We’ll never see another music career to parallel that of Malcolm Black. Which may prove there really is a place in rock and roll for the quietly spoken, fair-minded and humble.

Malcolm Black passed away during the night of 9 May 2019 after a battle from cancer, mourned by his family, friends and all those involved with New Zealand music. A few months before he died he spoke with Alan Perrott about his career. 

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Malcolm Black performing at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Photo credit: Arthur Baysting
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Standing in the Rain - at Christchurch Town Hall, 1984
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Photo credit: APRA
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Netherworld Dancing Toys and Annie Crummer perform 'For Today' at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards
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Shihad's Tom Larkin and Sony Music's Malcolm Black at York Street
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Annie Crummer and the Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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Soul Searching
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At the 1985 APRA Silver Scrolls - Trevor Reekie, Netherworld Dancing Toys (and later Sony Music exec) Malcolm Black and The Narcs' drummer Steve Clarkson
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Back cover shot for the Song and Dance EP – left to right: Matthew Trbuhovic, Nick Sampson, Gary Valentine, Phil Hurring, Brent Alexander, Graham Cockroft, Malcolm Black
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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Painted Years
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Hold On I’m Coming
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NDTS 1984, left to right – Malcolm Black, Neville Schwabe, Graham Cockroft, Steve Renwick, Paul Docherty (roadie/entertainment officer), Gary Valentine, Tex Houston (sound), Nick Sampson, Ged Taylor (lights), Brent Alexander
Photo credit: Photo by Bruce Maunsell. Nick Sampson Collection
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Gimme Some Lovin - at Christchurch Town Hall, 1984
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Malcolm Black performing at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Photo credit: Arthur Baysting
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Malcolm Black
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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Netherworld dancing Toys - For Today (1985)
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Bell Block, New Plymouth 1984 – left to right – Gary Valentine, Neville Schwabe, Brent Alexander, Malcolm Black, Stephen Renwick, Graham Cockroft, Nick Sampson
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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For Today - at Christchurch Town Hall with Annie Crummer, 1984
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Bored To Death
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The Esplanade, Devonport – 1983 supporting DD Smash – left to right – Rocky Rilstone, Matthew Trbuhovic, Gary Valentine, Malcolm Black, Graham Cockroft
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick. Nick Sampson Collection
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The Real You
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Nick Sampson and Malcolm Black receive the 1985 APRA Silver Scroll for For Today. The venue is Phil Warren's club Keeley's and to the left is APRA's Bernie Darby and to the right Ray Columbus who was the songwriters' representative on the APRA board.
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Auckland Airport 1985, left to right Nick Sampson, Malcolm Black, Brent Alexander, Graham Cockroft, Tex Houston
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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Malcolm Black
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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Malcolm Black
Photo credit: Nick Sampson Collection
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Annie Crummer and the Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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Malcolm Black performing For Today with Netherworld Dancing Toys at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
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