Max Merritt: the Melbourne years

Melbourne loved Max Merritt. He and the Meteors were based there from 1967 to 1970, and during this era he was noted to be the "finest soul singer ...

Max Merritt: the UK years

Max Merritt and the Meteors shifted their base from Melbourne to the UK in October 1970. The band then comprised Merritt, Stewie Speers (drums), Bo...

Hey Bird: part one – Trevor King and the birth of Christchurch rock’n’roll

Part I Nineteen fifty-seven meant big changes for Christchurch. It was International Geophysical Year and the United States Navy had arrived in to...

Hey Bird: part two – a meteoric rise

Part III Analytic Excursus What was the groove? Rock and roll music was as manufactured as country music had been since the 1930s. As soon as it ...

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 ...

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...

Richard Nunns

Whirimako Black

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...

Eddie Rayner on True Colours

Perhaps the most surprising facet of Split Enz' 1980 album True Colours is the way it manages to incorporate several major diversions from the ...

Split Enz and True Colours

Sport and culture often seem at odds with each other in New Zealand life. Those whose lives revolve around the arts often lament at the compara...

Popco

Back when sparkly-eyed Bunny Walters was top of the pops, the Chicks were shimmying in Mary Quant minis and white patent-leather boots, and Mr Le...

Housequake!

The summer of 1988-89 began misty and dismal in Auckland – or maybe it was just that I'd arrived direct from the Second Summer of Love. At any rat...

Ready to Roll

TVNZ's news hour at 6pm has always rated big, but from the late 1970s it had a rival. At its height, TV2 pop chart show Ready to Roll was reaching ...

NZ Acts in the US Charts 2: Lorde and beyond

This is the second part of our story on New Zealand acts who have appeared on the Hot 100 (US singles chart) and Billboard 200 (US album chart). Pa...

NZ Acts in the US Charts 1: the road to How Bizarre

It is hard to say who the first New Zealander was to make it onto the United States charts. Local chart historian Dean Scapolo points to at least o...

George Tumahai

The Crystal Palace Ballroom

  When, in the late 1950s, impresario Phil Warren took over Auckland's Crystal Palace Ballroom, he used his customary flair and promotional skills...

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