Kiwi Music Convention, 1987

In the mid-1980s, the mainstream New Zealand music industry was in crisis, mostly caused by a lack of support for local music from radio stations –...

Christchurch Record Stores

Like some species of native bird, the extinction of the Christchurch record shop – known as "record bars” in the 1960s and 70s and then "record and...

Neill Pickard

Photography as performance art

Photography and pop music are natural bedfellows: show-offs need an audience, and the camera lens loves a show-off. Image is crucial; in any era, t...

Christchurch’s jazz school: legacy in action

Enterprise might begin with conviction, but it requires practicality, dogged determination and the art of gentle persuasion to turn an idea into re...

Toi Te Kupu, Toi Te Mana, Toi Te Whenua – Dalvanius: the Te Reo Manifesto

Winter, 1986 - Dalvanius Maui Prime insists a Rip It Up writer visits Hawera and Patea so he can explain his philosophy about te reo.  It's anot...

Fane Flaws’ Underwatermelon Man

At age four Fane Flaws was given an illustrated storybook about a magic carpet that took its owner on fantastical journeys. The book vanished years...

The extraordinary teenage eye and lens of Anthony Phelps

The number of regular live music photographers working around New Zealand in the pre-digital era was small. It was an exclusive club, not only beca...

Kevan Moore on early NZ music television

"When I was doing C'mon, the guy who was in charge of the Broadcasting Corporation, the Director General, was Gilbert Stringer – an old radio accou...

New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards

The first staging of the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards in Gore in 1974 was just hours old when it encountered a stumbling block. The country music...

Noisy Neighbour: Michael Gudinski and New Zealand music

When you look for key patrons of the Aotearoa music community, one loud Australian, Michael Gudinski, is a top contender. The founder of Mushroom R...

The North Shore Invasion part 1 – building bridges

In the early months of 1980, Auckland's inner city was invaded. It was an invasion that influenced the city musically for several years, filled the...

The North Shore Invasion part 2 – Class of 81

In 1980 I was managing Taste Records in High Street, had a new record label, Propeller, and a friendship with Rip It Up's Murray Cammick. My first ...

Miriam Clancy

Dawn Raid Entertainment in photos

These photographs capture some notable moments in the history of the Dawn Raid label over the decade following their first release in 2000. They ar...

Rockin’ the Tron: Hamilton in the 1980s

Music photography not only crystalises a moment in the history of a band's development, it captures a sense of time and place in relation to their ...

Radio With Pictures: history 5

Independent music video productions   The previous part of this series on the history of Radio With Pictures covered music videos produced by TV...

Radio With Pictures: history 6

The ‘Moneyless Economy’ for Video Production   Video clips shot at Avalon might have suffered from budget and time restrictions, and there was v...

‘Stranded in Paradise’ – Australia, 1980

In May 1980, researching for Stranded in Paradise, I made the first of three extended trips across the Tasman, and there were another half dozen sh...

Knightshade – a photo album

Knightshade was arguably Hamilton's biggest band during the 1980s. Local photographer Karen Ford first met Knightshade's frontman Wayne Elliott thr...

Mitchell Froom and the Brothers Finn

Los Angeles, April 1989 – Even on a Monday night, Hollywood's hip come out to play. Dressed in black leather and teased hair, impenetrable shades a...

Graeme Downes

‘Stranded in Paradise’ – Auckland, 1980

1980 was a pivotal year for New Zealand music with the demise of a number of trailblazing bands, the successful forays into the international marke...

The Spelling Mistakes

The Gang of Three – The Verlaines interview, 1985

The last time the Verlaines played in Auckland, it was, as I recall, a rip-roaring affair. The dancefloor was a sweaty jumble, on the stage the thr...

Christchurch underground, 1964-69

  Rumble & Bang, a documentary on 1960s Christchurch band Chants R&B, produced and directed by Simon Ogston and Jeff Smith in 2011. It wa...

Dawn Raid Entertainment

Terence O’Neill-Joyce and Ode Records, 1987

In New Zealand there is only a handful of independent record companies, and even fewer who release more than one or two titles per year. Ode Record...

Ten moments in modern NZ country music

New Zealand country music has certainly come of age in the 2010s, with women leading the charge. South Islanders Mel Parsons, Kaylee Bell, Jack...

The Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

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...

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