Brian Wafer Profile

Peter Jefferies
5 Apr 2016

No one stands taller on the New Plymouth music scene than Brian Wafer. The city’s longest serving local legend, there is little, if anything, that Wafer doesn’t know about the musicians, venues, releases and folklore of the place, and no one has done more to help cultivate and encourage every aspect of this than he.

His record shop and label, Ima Hitt, has been responsible for numerous local releases. The gigs he has organised or assisted with are too many to be listed and the number of posters he has and continues to put up around the city, is a work that will probably remain in progress for the rest of his life.

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Brian Wafer speaking at Taranaki's West Coast School of Rock
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Brian Wafer and Peter Jeffferies, Record Store Day 2012 in New Plymouth's Vinyl Countdown
Photo credit: Courtesy of Vinyl Countdown
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Brian Wafer in New Plymouth's Vinyl Countdown store
Photo credit: Courtesy of Vinyl Countdown
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Brian Wafer (front) with Flick Of The Wrist in 1976
Photo credit: Courtesy of Swainson/Woods Collection, Puke Ariki and District Libraries
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Brian Wafer on the right in the 1990s
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Brian Wafer, 2015
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Brian Wafer stands proudly as his grandson buys his first vinyl record at Vinyl Countdown in New Plymouth
Photo credit: Courtesy of Vinyl Countdown
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Interview with Brian Wafer (short film made at Vinyl Countdown, New Plymouth, Record Store Day 2015)
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