Fatal Jelly Space

The La De Da's concept album 'The Happy Prince'

In late 1966 Bruce Howard and Trevor Wilson of The La De Da's had a vision for a rock opera based on Oscar Wilde's 1888 short story 'The Happy ...

The La De Da's

Ten Flying Nun treasures

1. Pop-up press kit for The Clean's 'Boodle Boodle Boodle' 12" EP From what I'm aware, only approximately 50 of these pop-up press kits were eve...

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Mike Walker

Mike Walker et al & Thelonious Monk It's around midnight, and Thelonious Monk is looking for distraction. On High Street in Auckland's CBD i...

Māori Hi-Five: a memoir of the early years

Rob Hemi-Te Miha was an original member of the Māori Hi-Five, playing rhythm guitar, bass, and singing. Before he died in November 2007 he wrote a ...

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Benee

Benee and Elton John Elton John is no slug. In early 2020 on his Rocket Hour radio show he plays "something exciting from New Zealand … 'Supalon...

New Zealand Musician

Launched in 1988, New Zealand Musician was the last local music magazine standing when it stopped regular print runs in 2017. It continues online a...

The Screaming Blam-matic Roadshow

The idea to take the three key Propeller bands on the road together was Paul Rose's, Dave Merritt's (the original Screaming Meemees manager) and ...

Bruno did his thing

For Bruno, life was an adventure to some distant and unknown destination. An obituary first published in the NZ Listener, 1 July 1995, and revised ...

Hinewehi Mohi

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Ray Columbus

Ray Columbus and Brian Jones They were the odd couple who quickly became close friends. Ray Columbus described himself as Mr Clean: he drank a ...

Anthonie Tonnon

Fane Flaws on Screen

As Ian Pryor writes on AudioCulture's sister site NZ On Screen, "When Fane Flaws fills out an airport arrivals card, it must be hard to pick a prof...

Songwriter's Choice: Jeremy Taylor

Of all the aspects of music, the one thing I am always most drawn to is the songwriting process. While I am also fascinated by record production, a...

Fane Flaws, the Wicked Conjuror

Over five decades Fane Flaws has been one of the most prolific creative forces in New Zealand music. Perhaps best known as the founder of 1980s pop...

The Crocodiles

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Connan Mockasin

Connan Mockasin & Charlotte Gainsbourg Looking like Brian Jones' love child, Connan Mockasin is a musical imp from Te Awanga, coastal Hawke'...

Richard Nunns

Flying Nun's Early Years in Christchurch

This map shows some of the locations that were important in the creation and growth of Flying Nun Records in Christchurch up until it left the city...

Fane Flaws on Screen

As Ian Pryor writes on AudioCulture's sister site NZ On Screen, "When Fane Flaws fills out an airport arrivals card, it must be hard to pick a prof...

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt and Johnny Cash Johnny Cash was dressed in black, while Sam Hunt drank Lion Brown. It showed. March 1973: Sam Hunt drives a '59 Ford t...

The Book of BiFiM

By the mid-1980s Auckland student station Radio B(osom) had transformed itself into bFM, become a legal FM outlet, and a potent force in the city...

Mahia Blackmore

Ten onstage at an early age

Musical talent can sometimes arrive when an artist is very young. The acts below managed to get in front of sizable audiences by the time they were...

Dylan Down Under Revisited

New Zealand musicians have recorded over 100 songs written by Bob Dylan, so many excellent versions missed out in the AudioCulture column "Dylan Do...

Ten high school hitmakers

Many people spend their high school years trying to keep up with their social life and struggling with school work, rather than achieving anything ...

Ebony Lamb – a musician's eye

Ebony Lamb – having experimented with and expressed herself through a variety of disciplines – might be described simply as an "artist”. She is bes...

Rock & Roll Rendezvous: Lorde

Eleanor Catton and Lorde For a brief moment, New Zealand was on top of the world thanks to a 16 year-old musician and a 28 year-old writer, rath...

So You Wanna Be A Music Photographer?

A step-by-step guide to making a prize-winning music photograph. Grab your camera Cameras aren't hard to come by these days, but there was a time...

Ronnie Sundin

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