Dylan Taite Profile

aka Jett Rink, John Taite
José Barbosa
14 Apr 2014

The elevator doors shudder open to reveal the TV reporter. He’s dressed in a striped black and white T-shirt. Long straight hair drapes his face. He's lit in a lurid green, the sort of colour you’d get if someone threw up on the key light after a three-day binge on capsicum and fish tank scum.

The TV reporter lurches into and out of the camera like a goldfish on a bungee cord. And he’s saying things. Lots of things: “It’s a pleasure to be here. To body swerve freshly vomited. Ratburgers.”

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Dylan in the early 2000s
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Dylan Taite
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The Merseymen, featuring a young Dylan Taite (as Jett Rink) on drums, with their 1964 album A Visit To The Beatle Inn
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Dylan meets Basil
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Dylan Taite (aka Jett Rink) (left) with The Merseybeats on a TV set in Wellington c.1965
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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"Jett Rink"
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Chris Knox interviewed by Dylan Taite at the 2000 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Dylan on one of countless calls he'd take or make each day to the music community and record labels
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Dylan Taite
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Bob and Dylan playing soccer, Parnell, Auckland, April 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Always the drummer - Dylan in the 1970s
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Dylan Taite (aka Jett Rink) with The Merseybeats
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Dylan Taite filming Bob Marley's welcome at The White Heron Hotel, Parnell, Auckland, April 1979. The crew is David Baldock (director) and Wayne Vinten (camera).
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Bob and Dylan playing soccer, Parnell, Auckland, April 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dylan Taite's Sweetwaters 1980 documentary
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Playing soccer with the touring Bob Marley & The Wailers, Parnell, Auckland, April 1979
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Dylan Taite with Bob Geldof in the mid-1980s
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Outside Real Groovy Records, Auckland, 2002
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Dylan with Bob Marley's percussionist Alvin ‘Seeco’ Patterson, Parnell, April 1979
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
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Dylan Taite (aka Jett Rink) (2nd from right) with The Merseybeats
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Dylan Taite writes to Phil Warren after The Rolling Stones gig in 1973
Photo credit: Phil Warren collection
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