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Simon Lynch's early 80s rock and roll photos


Simon Lynch has been a key part of the Auckland music scene since the 1970s. In the 21st Century, Simon is an engineer and technician at Stebbing Studios and a playing musician. In the early 1980s, he was a member of touring bands The Snipes, The Valentinos and The Broken Dolls, before returning to his funk and soul roots with Ardijah and D-Faction (he was also a co-founder of Southside Records with Murray Cammick).

Simon was also a prolific photographer who carried a camera everywhere. This page, focusing on those early 80s years, gathers together some of this images, with one or two being taken by someone else on his camera.

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Toy Love, Sweetwaters festival, January 1980

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Simon Lynch with The Valentinos, Framptons Hotel, Hamilton 1980

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Future director and filmmaker Simon Mark-Brown (then Rock And Roll Records employee and Rhythm Method drummer), Auckland 1981

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Dave Dobbyn with Th' Dudes at Orewa Domain, January 1980

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Valentinos band members Dean McLeod, Joe Gill, Dave Spillane and Paul Robinson outside the Cabana Hotel, Napier 1980

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Derek Chunn, mod and music fan, 1980

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Phil Judd with The Swingers, Myers Park, Auckland, March 1980

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Future promoter Peter Campbell. In 1980, he was the manager of Charley and Ann Gray's Island Of Real in Airedale Street.

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Valentinos sax player and singer Dave Spiillane (ex-Picture This), Framptons Hotel, Hamilton 1980

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Valentinos drummer Dean McLeod (on the left) with ex-Island Of Real and lighting technician Mark Hayes, Framptons Hotel, Hamilton, 1980

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Valentinos (and ex-Johnny and The Hookers) bassist Joe Gill at Framptons Hotel, Hamilton 1980

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Broken Dolls bassist Lez White (L) with photographer Kerry Brown, Hamilton, April 1981

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Real Groovy founder Chris Hart and unknown friend, Avondale,1981

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Valentinos band members on the roof of the Cabana Hotel, Napier 1980

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Bruce Hambling (left) drummer, and Lez White, bassist, on tour with Broken Dolls outside the Bellblock Hotel, New Plymouth, April 1981. The duo were earlier Th'Dudes' rhythm section.

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Nigel Russell, Dance Macabre frontman, Parnell 1982

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Rob Guy and Dave Marshall with Lip Service, Myers Park, Auckland, 1980

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Valentinos drummer Dean McLeod, Framptons Hotel, Hamilton 1980

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Broken Dolls members (bassist) Lez White, (guitarist) Gary Langsford, and(sax player and singer) Dave Spillane, Auckland, September 1981

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Legionnaires guitarist Andrew Langsford and photographer Kerry Brown, Auckland 1982

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Mike Lynch (soundman) (on the left) and Mark Hayes (lighting technician) beside The Valentinos damaged truck outside the Cabana Hotel following near-fatal road smash, Napier 1980

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Photographer Phil Peacock, Gill Rawnsley and Lez White, Auckland, May 1981

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Valentinos frontman and keyboards, Paul Robinson (ex-Sheerlux and Berlin), Framptons Hotel, Hamilton 1980

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Street Talk at Auckland's Logan Campbell Centre, 1980

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Broken Dolls bassist Lez White, asleep on the bus, April 1981

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Photographer Kerry Brown, Auckland 1982

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Charley Gray's Last and First Café, Symonds St, Auckland, 1982

© Simon Lynch

 
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