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,...

Bill Fairs' rock'n'roll photo album

Many bands have an in-house archivist, the member (or proud parent) who keeps posters, tickets, clippings, photos and such. Such people are i...

Aotearoa Reggae Timeline

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...

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...

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...

Peter Posa: hostage to the beat

In early 1998 RCA released The Best of Peter Posa: the Album. It was the first time that New Zealand's guitar hero of the 1960s had been released o...

Strawpeople - part one

Paul Casserly is most comfortable behind-the-scenes in all his media guises, but it's his foray into music that has nudged him, however unwillingly...

Peter Blake on music TV - part one

The 1980s could be described as a golden age of music on New Zealand television. An unprecedented amount of shows devoted to music found their way ...

Peter Blake on music TV - part two

In 1981, Peter Blake took over the producer role for Ready to Roll and Radio with Pictures and continued to produce local clips and concert coverag...

Christchurch Indie: Us Against the City, part one

Christchurch has long had a reputation as a dull and conservative place, though there has always been a cultural undercurrent that cuts at that pre...

Christchurch Indie: Us Against the City, part two

In the first part of this story I looked at how the mix of underground and DIY guitar bands collided with Christchurch's throbbing dance scene to i...

Urban Disturbance

Toy Love in Australia

Introduction In 1979 Terence Hogan was an Auckland-based writer and graphic artist involved in comics and music. He contributed to the comics peri...

Music from the Long White Cloud

First published in Rip It Up, August 1986. It was Māori Language Week when Ardijah, Aotearoa, Dread Beat & Blood, and Herbs played the last ...

Toy Love make Toy Love

As a group I think most of us shared a healthy scepticism towards life, but there was a palpable excitement at the prospect of Toy Love finally rec...

Taranaki time machine

New Plymouth and Taranaki have a long musical history that goes back well before the Bell Block, the White Hart, the Magogs' clubhouse, and the Ima...

Dusty Spittle

Mark Williams: the Australia years

By 1977, after two massive No.1 New Zealand hits, and a high profile thanks to touring and television, Mark Williams had outgrown the local market....

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