Helen Henderson


Flying into Los Angeles in November 1980, Invercargill-born Helen Henderson was firmly in the sights of Geffen Records until the gunning down of John Lennon threw the label into turmoil. As managers for Foreigner, Tom Petty and the like swarmed to represent her, Henderson suddenly found herself on the outer while Geffen struggled to come to terms with the consequences of Lennon’s murder.

If anyone could lay claim to the mantle of the matriarch of New Zealand alt.country it’s Henderson. Hers has been a wild and woolly ride from Invercargill to London to Los Angeles and Muscle Shoals, with a cast of characters that includes Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, composer and producer Brian Eno, villain actor Steven Berkoff and music publisher Barbara Orbison, the widow of Roy Orbison.

Helen Henderson, 2016
Helen Henderson performing at the Southland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019
Helen Henderson in Los Angeles, 2000
Helen Henderson: a photo from her first album, Have Your Own Way
Helen Henderson - The Ballad of Minnie Dean
Helen Henderson's uncle, the acclaimed violinist Alex Lindsay.
Helen Henderson - The Sonora Sessions (2000)
Helen Henderson, Auckland, 2016
Helen Henderson as part of a jazz duo in London, 1978
Helen Henderson - Twisting Wind (recorded at FAME Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals Alabama, 2005)
Helen Henderson on stage at the Cat Club in 2003.
Helen Henderson - London (album, 2016)
Helen Henderson in Los Angeles, 2000
Helen Henderson performing in Auckland, 2016
Helen Henderson in London, mid 1970s. 
RNZ: Helen Henderson - Tea and Sugar (NZ Live, July 2016)

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