• Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990
    Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990
    ISBN: 9781869664879
    Title: Backstage Passes: The Untold Story of NZ's Live Music Venues 1960-1990

    New Zealand music was made on beer-stained stages, in grimy toilets and smoky back rooms. Backstage Passes charts the stories of the countries most celebrated live music venues. Hookers, heroin, cocaine, killings, sex in alleyways, punch-ups on dance floors - live music was the nexus around which a cultural history happened.

    Backstage Passes has the inside story on what it was like to be part of a vibrant scene when New Zealand was a rural backwater. First-hand accounts from muscicians, fans and bar owners bring each chapter to life.

    The beating heart of the book is the music and the spaces within which the music was played. Rock, pop, reggae, punk and hip-hop, every genre has its heroes and villians, it's successes and casualties. Backstage Passes is a tribute to all the characters whom sizzled up the stage, worked the doors, poured the beers and danced to the beat.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Canons Complete Lyrics 2015-2020 Nadia Reid
    Canons Complete Lyrics 2015-2020 Nadia Reid
    ISBN: 9780473521363
    Title: Canons Complete Lyrics 2015-2020 Nadia Reid
    Author: REID NADIA

    New Zealand musician Nadia Reid has been widely celebrated for her intelligent, arresting and startlingly honest lyrics. Canons contains the entire catalogue of lyrics from Reid’s first three albums, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (2015), Preservation (2017) and Out of My Province (2020).

    Nadia Reid is a musician from Port Chalmers, New Zealand, who gained breakout acclaim with her 2015 debut album Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs. Her subsequent two albums, Preservation (2017) and Out of My Province (2020) have continued a widely celebrated career, accompanied by multiple world tours and appearances on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio New Zealand.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening
    Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening
    ISBN: 9781869538958
    Title: Dunedin Sound: Some Disenchanted Evening
    Author: CHAPMAN IAN

    Within the colourful, cut-throat, ever-evolving world of popular music, New Zealand's southern-most university city, Dunedin, achieved what numerous other music-rich locations around the globe could only dream of: international recognition of its own sound. Like the Mersey Beat, the Nashville Sound or the Seattle Sound, the Dunedin Sound is known and respected the world over.

    Equally revered are the bands involved, such as The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines and may others you will encounter in this salute to Dunedin's finest. Kicked off by the inimitable punk-infused force that was The Enemy in the late 1970s, and carried to the world throughout the 1980s and beyond in true seat-of-the-pants style by the Flying Nun record label, nobody could have foreseen the huge impact and lasting legacy that a pool of young songwriters and musicians from unfashionable Dunedin would create. Within these pages their extraordinary feat is revisited with the stories and select discographies of an array of bands, and critiques and reminiscences from band members, fans and those in the music scene. The Dunedin Sound is celebrated with a veritable feast of photographs and memorabilia, many of which have never been seen before.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Goneville: A Memoir
    Goneville: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781927249543
    Title: Goneville: A Memoir

    In his award-winning memoir, New Zealand writer and musician Nick Bollinger talks with complete candour about his unorthodox childhood, his obsession with music, the impact of a family tragedy, and the journey that would decide the course of his life. Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. It was the 1970s and pot was plentiful. Often, though, the band was short of other things: money, food, shelter, and petrol for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus.

    Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in '70s New Zealand. It shows how this music intersected - sometimes violently - with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock. Nick Bollinger draws on his own experiences, seeks out key players and unsung heroes and vividly portrays a divided country, set to shatter apart for a generation.

    Winner of the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $39.00
  • Impossible: My Story
    Impossible: My Story
    ISBN: 9781775541479
    Title: Impossible: My Story
    Author: WALKER STAN

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Kiwi Pacific Records Story
    Kiwi Pacific Records Story
    ISBN: 9780947493226
    Title: Kiwi Pacific Records Story
    Author: VERCOE TONY

    These interviews trace Kiwi Pacific Records from its beginnings as a division of publishers AH & AW Reed Ltd to its independence as Kiwi Pacific Records, all under the direction of Tony Vercoe.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Let's Talk About Me - The Songs of Andrew London
    Let's Talk About Me - The Songs of Andrew London
    ISBN: 9780473537913
    Title: Let's Talk About Me - The Songs of Andrew London

    A compilation of over 70 songs composed, performed and recorded by Andrew London with Hot Club Sandwich, The Cattlestops, Too Many Chiefs and his own Andrew London Trio between the years 2000 and 2020. Gently satirical and playfully witty, they collectively constitute an occasionally cynical social commentary on present-day New Zealand society. Comparisons have been made to Tom Lehrer, John Clarke, Tim Minchin - even Noel Coward. A Radio NZ technician once quipped ‘you’re like Flight of The Conchords for Rest Homes’.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Made in Australia & Aotearoa/NZ: Studies In Popular Music
    Made in Australia & Aotearoa/NZ: Studies In Popular Music
    ISBN: 9781138195691
    Title: Made in Australia & Aotearoa/NZ: Studies In Popular Music

    Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of twentieth-century popular music of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The volume consists of chapters by leading scholars of Australian and Aotearoan/New Zealand music, and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Each chapter provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Australian or Aotearoan/New Zealand popular music. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in these countries, followed by chapters that are organized into thematic sections: Place-Making and Music-Making; Rethinking the Musical Event; Musical Transformations: Decline and Renewal; and Global Sounds, Local Identity.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $63.00
  • Mozart: The Man Behind The Music
    Mozart: The Man Behind The Music
    ISBN: 9781988516196
    Title: Mozart: The Man Behind The Music

    Child prodigy, genius, freak, a man who lived frivolously and died a pauper... The myths surrounding Mozart, composer of some of the world's most sublime music, have long overtaken the known facts of his life. Now, in this charming and very personal tribute, artist Donovan Bixley offers a portrait of the composer that will forever change the way he is viewed. In nearly 100 original drawings and paintings, accompanied by text based on the many letters that he wrote during his life, beginning with the delightful, if misspelt, letters he wrote as a thirteen-year-old boy travelling in Italy with his father. Like his successful "Much Ado About Shakespeare", Bixley brings Mozart to life with humour but also reflects the turmoil of the times in which he lived. This is a newly rendered version of the book successfully published in 2006.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks
    Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks
    ISBN: 9781776562169
    Title: Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks

    John Psathas has said that, of all New Zealand composers, John Cousins has ‘thrown the spear furthest’, meaning he is one of our most original artists, going beyond the edge. Provocative and penetrating and fundamentally true, Cousins remains absorbed and energised in and by creative work.

    On the conversations, talks and reflections gathered in this volume, John Cousins speaks of landscape, family, himself, and shares a musical vision of consolation and hope.

    John Cousins was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1943. He received training as a musician, graduating with an honours degree in music from the University of Canterbury in 1965, and taught there from 1967 to 2004. Over the years his work has evolved from conventional musical composition to sculptural performance, mixed-media and sonic art, and has been performed, broadcast and exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, Europe, Russia and the USA.

    Robert Hoskins is a writer on music and the series editor of a number of musical projects. His specialised areas of research include eighteenth-century English music, colonial balladry, aspects of New Zealand music, and Robert Louis Stevenson; his most recent book is Douglas Lilburn: Memories of Early Years and Other Writings (Steele Roberts, 2014).

    Norman Meehan, a pianist and composer, has collaborated extensively with New Zealand poet Bill Manhire. He is also the author of the books Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock (VUP, 2010) and New Zealand Jazz Life (VUP, 2016).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • NZ Jazz Life
    NZ Jazz Life
    ISBN: 9781776560929
    Title: NZ Jazz Life

    Drawing on 39 interviews with leading New Zealand jazz musicians, New Zealand Jazz Life is a ground-breaking survey of the vibrant local scene. In best jazz style, eight solos – first-person portraits of major musicians – alternate with ensemble passages that enlarge on the key themes:
    • discovering jazz
    • learning to play
    • starting a career
    • living and working as a musician overseas
    • what it means to play black American music in New Zealand
    • the emergence of a New Zealand sound
    • the state of jazz in contemporary New Zealand
    • what jazz in New Zealand needs to go forward
    New Zealand Jazz Life is essential and inspiring reading for musicians and fans, and a fascinating insight into the opportunities and
    predicaments encountered by practitioners of any art form in New Zealand.
    Norman Meehan is a Wellington-based composer, pianist, writer and teacher. His many releases include five collaborations with
    the vocalist Hannah Griffin and Bill Manhire and other poets. He is the author of Time Will Tell: Conversations with Paul Bley and
    Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock.
    Tony Whincup (1944–2015) was a leading New Zealand photographer whose longterm relationship with Kiribati and its people led
    to several award-winning books.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Searches for Tradition: Past & Present in NZ Music
    Searches for Tradition: Past & Present in NZ Music
    ISBN: 9781776561773
    Title: Searches for Tradition: Past & Present in NZ Music

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Sharp Left Turn: Notes on a Life in Music, from Split Enz to Play It Strange
    Sharp Left Turn: Notes on a Life in Music, from Split Enz to Play It Strange
    ISBN: 9781988547138
    Title: Sharp Left Turn: Notes on a Life in Music, from Split Enz to Play It Strange
    Author: CHUNN MIKE

    A rollicking yarn about the early days of ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.
    This is a gripping read that works on several levels:

    It's the sliding-door story of someone who might have become a world-famous pop star had he not suffered from agoraphobia.

    It's the story of a group of very young musicians trying to find their feet as a band in the late 70s and early 80s, and the associated euphoria and craziness of that life.

    It's Mike's story of finding out what agoraphobia is, learning how to cope with it and eventually finding a way through and going on to make a huge contribution to the New Zealand music industry.

    Told in Mike's own words, this is also a loving evocation of a 50s and 60s New Zealand childhood, and a beautifully written memoir that will resonate with many.

    Author bio:

    Mike Chunn was a founding member of Split Enz and then in Citizen Band. He suffered from high levels of anxiety, which he later found out was in fact agoraphobia, and had to stop playing in bands because he couldn't travel outside Auckland. He then worked for a record label and for APRA before starting an organisation called Play It Strange, a very successful and highly respected organisation that encourages school students in their song-writing ambitions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Where's My Room: The Neil & Liam Finn Summer 2018 Tour of Aotearoa
    Where's My Room: The Neil & Liam Finn Summer 2018 Tour of Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9780473456399
    Title: Where's My Room: The Neil & Liam Finn Summer 2018 Tour of Aotearoa

    In the summer of 2018 Neil & Liam Finn teamed up with A Low Hum for a tour that took them to spots even the most ardent of Kiwi nomads would be hard-placed to point out on a map - communities such as Purekireki, Tauhei, Tirohanga, Himatangi Beach and Absurdistan. It was a way to connect with audiences often neglected by touring musicians combined with an epic summer road-trip.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
  • Wired for Sound: The Stebbing History of NZ Music
    Wired for Sound: The Stebbing History of NZ Music
    ISBN: 9781988538112
    Title: Wired for Sound: The Stebbing History of NZ Music

    For the first time ever, discover the story behind the Stebbing recording legacy. From pioneering violins and 78 records, to the singers, songwriters, engineers and producers who have graced Stebbing’s famous three recording studios. Come inside the mid-1960s Galaxie nightclub, the evolution of the Zodiac record label and the Stebbing family’s fearless response to industry politics, changing technologies and financial risk.

    This is the untold Stebbing story of resilience, enterprise and an ancestral restless spirit has underpinned the Stebbing family’s generational legacy, from the pioneering days of recording in New Zealand to the digital age. Against a backdrop of New Zealand’s vibrant social history, this 75-year-long story is about the bands, the artists, the singers, the songwriters, the engineers and the technical know-how that is uniquely Stebbings.

    Richly-told and lavishly illustrated, this warts-and-all nostalgic read is told through the artists, the musicians, the bands, the songwriters, the engineers and the wider Stebbing family itself.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00