Tales of The Alhambra

The Alhambra Garden Bar & Restaurant may not register with many outside Ponsonby or those avid supporters of Auckland jazz, certainly not lik...

Red Mole at Carmen’s Balcony

Deborah Hunt of Red Mole, on stage at Carmen's Balcony, Wellington, 1977. - from Bus Stops on the Moon "Some day all theatre will be like this,”...

Red Mole Diary, 1977-1980

In 1979, after playing in Midge Marsden's Country Flyers, bass player Neil Hannan travelled to New York to back the Red Mole troupe. A two-year ody...

Larry's Rebels part 1: Long Ago, Far Away

In 1962, Auckland schoolboy friends Dennis "Nooky” Stott, John Williams, Terry Rouse and Harry Leki formed a band called the Young Ones, changing t...

The Phoenix Foundation

Max Merritt remembered

The death of Max Merritt on 25 September 2020 brought to a close one of the most remarkable stories in New Zealand music, and the hundreds of socia...

The Number One Hits – 1970-1979

The Fourmyula – Nature (1970) The chart-topping impetus of New Zealand artists in the late 60s continued into 1970. The new decade got off to a fa...

Omac

The Proud compilation of 1994 was a game changer. This was South Auckland in a new light – contemporary, confident and unapologetically Polynesian....

Kevin Greaves

Ten moments in New Zealand metal

The range of metal tracks to emerge from New Zealand over the last four decades makes it hard to capture the breadth of styles in a short list. So ...

Richard Nunns

Ross Cunningham interviews Moana Maniapoto

There's something about Moana Maniapoto's music that keeps me coming back. I first heard it in the late 1980s, and have been happily listening to t...

Ruia and Ranea Aperahama

Tekau Waiata Reo Māori mō te Irirangi – Ten te reo songs for radio

E ngā iwi o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa, me ō tātou aituā. I greet all of the people of New Zealand, and acknowledge those who have left us. Let's ...

Rotorua Maori Choir

Mapping Auckland's venues: the 1980s

Explore Auckland nightlife in the 1980s with AudioCulture's interactive venue map (below).  For each venue, we have provided an image and a "Read ...

Mainstreet

At the time it was built in 1938, the Metropole cabaret near the top of Queen Street was Auckland's largest ballroom, catering to 1500-plus pat...

Auckland Tonight, November 1980

"A lot of people in town are saying that Saturday Night is dead,” writes Mark Phillips in this feature from November 1980. After a flurry of ba...

Bill Lake: Mammals and Pelicans

Acoustic or electric: Bill Lake's music has worked on alternate currents in the decades since he first appeared on the Wellington blues scene in th...

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