Dave McArtney

aka Hook

Musical exponents seldom get awarded brownie points for being nice blokes. Generally, it’s not the nice blokes that get remembered.

That fact makes Dave McArtney all the more interesting, because he was both a significant participant in NZ’s rock and roll life, and a top bloke. So much so that his unexpected death at 62 on April 15, 2013, unleashed a torrent of tears and a blanket of sorrow amongst his extended family of friends, admirers and fans.

1984 CBS publicity shot for The Catch
Dave McArtney writes to Rip It Up from Los Angeles, 1978
Dave McArtney with Hello Sailor, Windsor Castle, Parnell, Auckland 1977
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
Pink Flamingos 2009 - Dave McArtney with Dave Khan, Dianne Swann, Earl Robertson
Dave McArtney and Graham Brazier with Hello Sailor at Auckland's Gluepot, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Paul Hewson and Dave McArtney
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Dave McArtney, 1983
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Harry Lyon and Dave McArtney with The Pink Flamingos
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Dave McArtney and Paul Hewson, Darby St Rip It Up office, Jan 1982
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Auckland University, 1978
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Lynch
The Pink Flamingos Mk.2:  Peter Allison, Ian Morris, Jim Lawrie, Paul Woolright and Dave McArtney
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Book review - Gutter Black: A Memoir
Rip It Up January 1982
Dave McArtney backstage Napier Municipal Theatre Oct 30, 2012
Photo credit: Photo by Harry Lyon
Page two of Dave McArtney's letter from LA, 1979.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick Collection
Hello Sailor - Gutter Black
The 1983/84 Pink Flamingos put together to support the release of The Catch album. L to R: Karen Hill, Paul Woolright, Harry Lyon, Dave McArtney, Lyn "Vinnie" Buchanan
Radio With Pictures - My Kind of Town - 1981 documentary directed by Simon Morris, featuring interviews with Dave McArtney, producer Peter Dawkins, Kevin Stanton of Mi-Sex, Dragon’s Marc Hunter, Sharon O’Neill, and future Warratahs Barry Saunders and Nick Theobald during their time as the Tigers.





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The working title of Gutter Black was Sickness Benefit.

McArtney’s near-death experiences were legendary. Graham Brazier gave him CPR in 1975 when his heart stopped after getting a shock from faulty gear – an experience that inspired the song I’m In Heaven.

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