Ten standout acoustic songs

It's the sign of a great song that it can be played with just an acoustic guitar and still express a depth of feeling and meaning. Of course, it al...

Margaret Urlich Talks to Donna Yuzwalk, 1992

I'm sitting in a white leather armchair in the sky-lit, eighth floor eyrie that is Sony Music NZ, waiting for Margaret Urlich to come back from lun...

The Māori Showbands: a daughter’s story

Everyone can tell a story about themselves or their family members learning music, performing, listening to the radio, buying that 45, or going to ...

Tali takes it to the world

In the second half of the 2010s, Tali continued her work as a DJ, producer and recording artist. But she increasingly took on the role of advocate ...

P-Money with Gratitude

The years since Peter Wadams – P-Money – released Gratitude in 2013 have seen him continue to collaborate internationally, while mentoring other ar...

EMI NZ in the Seventies

In 1971, the pocket calculator was invented, the first ever email was sent, and Apollo 14 landed on the Moon. Jim Morrison died in Paris at the...

Ten silken hits of NZ yacht rock

I moved to New Zealand nearly 20 years ago, an emissary of the US free improv/noise/drone/psych scene, barely aware of local music outside of my no...

Ten moments in New Zealand metal

The range of metal tracks to emerge from New Zealand over the last four decades makes it hard to capture the breadth of styles in a short list. So ...

Popco

Back when sparkly-eyed Bunny Walters was top of the pops, the Chicks were shimmying in Mary Quant minis and white patent-leather boots, and Mr Le...

Wellington's Lost Record Stores: a personal introduction

In the early 1970s, my after-school journey from Onslow College would conclude with a walk from the Wellington Railway Station, through the hea...

Songwriter's Choice: Victoria Girling-Butcher

Body and Soul – Jenny Morris  For my 11th birthday, my parents gave me a blue Sony Walkman and my best friend gave me a copy of Jenny Morris's...

Dead Famous People

Marlon Williams

Dr Rock at the dawn of punk

When Rip It Up spoke to Barry Jenkin for its fourth issue, in September 1977, the legendary radio host was about to undergo his punk epiphany. -- ...

Bernie Allen: Rock ’n’ Roll Arrives in Auckland

Bernie Allen has had a remarkably long career in the local music industry, which stretches from playing jazz in clubs and backing Johnny Devlin in ...

Brent Parlane

Murray McNabb

On the Road: the pub circuit

Prior to 1967, there was an explosion of New Zealand talent inspired by the early 60s British folk, pop and rock explosion, but performers were fac...

The Inbetweens

Anna Coddington

Hammond Gamble

All the Young Dudes

Should you ask me to put a date on when Th' Dudes began, I'd point to a Saturday afternoon sometime early in the Auckland summer of 1975. If the pa...

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