As co-owner (with Russell Clark) of the Benny Levin Agency and the Impact label, and a partner in New Music Management (with Clark, Craig Scott and Mike Corless), the late Benny Levin's archives could be expected to contain a large number of publicity shots.
Sadly, since Benny's passing these have been extensively reduced by a mix of attrition, some early unfortunate trashing – and assorted people simply taking images for themselves. Thus, much of what was there when Benny died in 1993 is lost. Thankfully, what's left is preserved at Auckland Library as part of The George Grey Special Collections, and despite the losses the archive is still considerable.
AudioCulture has been given access to this amazing trove of images and we are featuring these across two pages. Most are simply publicity shots, but many are either long unseen or never published. There are bands that made little impact but stare out hopefully, and local stars, some – like Kim Willoughby, seen here with The Gurlz, pictured before they became household names.