• 100 Essential NZ Albums
    100 Essential NZ Albums
    ISBN: 9780958275033
    Title: 100 Essential NZ Albums
    Author: BOLLINGER NICK

    Compiled by one of New Zealand's most popular music columnists, this listing will delight pop music fans everywhere. The choices included cover a broad range and present an eclectic taste. Each entry is accompanied by some of the most entertaining writing about music and musicians, ranging from personal accounts of youthful encounters with music legends as well as passionate responses to renowned albums. Guaranteed to surprise and intrigue, this reference is a must-have for all music lovers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • As Is Where Is CD
    As Is Where Is CD
    ISBN: 47813091810201
    Title: As Is Where Is CD
    Author: LAKE BILL


    Format: Compact Disc
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • As Is Where Is Vinyl + download code
    As Is Where Is Vinyl + download code
    ISBN: 9781300102014
    Title: As Is Where Is Vinyl + download code
    Author: LAKE BILL


    Format: Slipcased
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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
    Author: MATHERS JOANNA

    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
    $40.00
  • Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music 1918-1964
    Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music 1918-1964
    ISBN: 9781869404550
    Title: Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of NZ Popular Music 1918-1964
    Author: BOURKE CHRIS

    Bringing to life the musical worlds of New Zealanders both at home and out on the town, this history chronicles the evolution of popular music in New Zealand during the 20th century. From the kiwi concert parties during World War I and the arrival of jazz to the rise of swing, country, the Hawaiian sound, and then rock'n'roll, this musical investigation brings to life the people, places, and sounds of a world that has disappeared and uncovers how music from the rest of the world was shaped by Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders into a melody, rhythm, and voice that made sense on these islands. The accompanying audio CD wonderfully brings to life the engaging text, underscoring seminal moments in New Zealand's musical history.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Box of Birds Cd
    Box of Birds Cd
    ISBN: 9780187466950
    Title: Box of Birds Cd
    Author: BLOOD CAPTAIN


    Format: Compact Disc
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Dead People I Have Known
    Dead People I Have Known
    ISBN: 9781776562213
    Title: Dead People I Have Known
    Author: CARTER SHAYNE

    Best known for his bands Straitjacket Fits and Dimmer, Carter takes us deep behind the scenes and songs of these major bands, recounts life with his riotous teenage bands Bored Games and the Doublehappys, and traces an intimate history of the Dunedin Sound and the record label Flying Nun. His story follows the pop culture of the 70s, 80s and 90s and the broader culture of New Zealand through this period, especially the bleak and violent aspects of Dunedin that shaped his early life. The story ends in 2018, back in Dunedin, where Carter lives now.

    In Dead People I Have Known Carter also writes of the other major force in his life: sport. He describes his love for harness racing, wrestling, basketball and football in rich and often very funny detail, finding a similar solace in these pursuits as he does in music.

    Editor Ashleigh Young described the book as ‘a brilliant portrait of the people, places and social forces that are so tightly woven with Carter’s life in music. Carter is a gifted storyteller.’

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
    $50.00
  • Dunedin Soundings: Place & Performance
    Dunedin Soundings: Place & Performance
    ISBN: 9781877578229
    Title: Dunedin Soundings: Place & Performance
    Author: BENDRUPS DAN & DOWNES GRAEME EDS

    New Zealand's 'Dunedin Sound' of the 1980s is a phenomenon known throughout the world. But what does Dunedin music-making sound like in the 21st century? Dunedin Soundings features diverse and interesting essays from musicians, composers, and scholar/practitioners who discuss: genres as diverse as brass band, opera, classical, Indonesian gamelan, jazz, rock, and more * the intricacies of the composition and lyric writing processes * digital remixing * scoring for film and television. Together, they reveal the ways in which these supposedly separate music fields have the potential to inform and stimulate each other. The theoretical idea behind the book is that performance and composition practices constitute a process of research. The writers are practitioners who are recognized nationally and internationally for their contributions to New Zealand music across genres, including composer Anthony Ritchie, the Verlaines' Graeme Downes, Emmy award nominee Trevor Coleman, and Refuel and Dunedinmusic.com founder Scott Muir. This book is for everyone with a serious passion and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity for music.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in NZ
    Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in NZ
    ISBN: 9780473217662
    Title: Erewhon Calling: Experimental Sound in NZ
    Author: RUSSELL BRUCE ED

    Erewhon Calling is a survey of how a bunch of antipodean misfits and malcontents have forged new ways and new reasons to make noise, here at the end of the earth. Edited by Bruce Russell (the Dead C.), in association with Richard Francis and Zoe Drayton; the aim of this volume is to survey the full range of ‘non-standard’ audio practices in contemporary NZ culture. The book’s remit runs from the borders of composed art music, through improvised noise, to deconstructed ‘rock’n pop filth’; and every genre, every scene, every permutation of unconventional audio practice in-between.

    The aim is not to be comprehensive (there is literally too much vitality and diversity for any book!). The hope is to ‘throw a good handful of gravel into the pool’. While not every eel will have been hit, the surface will have been rippled from shore to shore, which is more than anyone else has even attempted before. Erewhon Calling makes room for many voices, allowing multiple and possibly conflicting voices and points of view. A range of artists and informed commentators mainly tell their own stories, describe their own work, and outline their own goals in working on the fringes of audio culture. The readers of this important new source book will be able to discern their own meanings and make their own connections from this thought-provoking and unique publication.

    Text / page works by Branden W. Joseph, Phil Dadson, Bruce Russell, Michael Morley, Byron Coley, Alastair Galbraith, Empirical, White Saucer, Clayton Noone, Andrew Clifford, Jeff Henderson, Daniel Beban and Nell Thomas, Su Ballard, Jon Bywater, Dan Vallor, Clinton Watkins, Witcyst, Andrew Scott, Campbell Kneale and Antony Milton, Vitamin S, Jon Dale, Mark Williams, Nathan Thompson, Beth Dawson, Sean O’Reilly, Kraus, Sean Kerr, Peter Stapleton, Stephen Clover, Dugal McKinnon, Omit, Peter Wright, Jo Burzynska, Ian-John Hutchinson, Kim Pieters, Paul Winstanley, Gentle Persuasion, Zoe Drayton, Simon Cuming, Stevie Kaye, Rachel Shearer, Richard Francis, Rosy Parlane, Kiran Dass, None Gallery, Zita Joyce.

    Designed by Richard Francis


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Faces in the Firelight Nz Folksong & Story
    Faces in the Firelight Nz Folksong & Story
    ISBN: 9781877448706
    Title: Faces in the Firelight Nz Folksong & Story
    Author: GARLAND PHIL

    It's not widely known, but New Zealand has a rich store of song, folklore, poetry, stories and yarns that cry out to be told or sung. Faces in the Firelight presents a swag of songs about pioneers, goldminers, drifters, rogues and scoundrels, shearers, gumdiggers and moonshiners, and a colourful collection of tall stories, toasts and ditties. You'll never be stuck for a song or a story again

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Finding Language: the Massey University Composer Addresses
    Finding Language: the Massey University Composer Addresses
    ISBN: 9781776561087
    Title: Finding Language: the Massey University Composer Addresses
    Author: BROWN MICHAEL MEEHAN NORMAN & HOSKINS ROBERT EDS

    From 1995 to 2006, eight New Zealand composers were invited to give an annual public address at Massey University: John Ritchie,
    Edwin Carr, David Farquhar, Jack Body, Lyell Cresswell, John Cousins, John Rimmer and Chris Cree Brown. The music of the
    ‘father of New Zealand composition’, Douglas Lilburn, formed the subject of a ninth address by pianist Margaret Nielsen.
    Finding Language collects together all the Massey Composer Addresses for the first time. The addresses show some of our most
    prominent musical practitioners reflecting, in their own words, upon their creative practices, formative influences, the role of
    composers in New Zealand society, and other concerns close to their hearts. The results are a fascinating compendium of views on
    New Zealand art composition in the twentieth century and beyond.
    Included in Finding Language: The Massey Composer Addresses are the original overviews of each composer’s work by series convenor
    Robert Hoskins, together with new afterwords, bibliographic resources, and an introduction. An essential sourcebook for all students
    and aficionados of New Zealand art music, as well as those interested in the development of the arts in this country.
    Michael Brown works as Curator, Music at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. He has written on various aspects of New
    Zealand music and culture. In 2015, he collaborated with artist Mat Tait on the graphic fiction The Heading Dog Who Split in Half:
    Legends and Tall Tales from New Zealand (Potton & Burton, 2015).
    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, Serious
    Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock and New Zealand Jazz Life.
    Robert Hoskins is a retired academic. He is the series editor of a number of musical projects and has published on colonial balladry,
    eighteenth-century English music, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Pacific writings. His most recent book is Memories of Early Years:
    Douglas Lilburn (Steele Roberts, 2015).


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Goneville: a Memoir
    Goneville: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781927249543
    Title: Goneville: a Memoir
    Author: BOLLINGER NICK

    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
    $39.00
  • How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana & the Song that Stormed the World
    How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana & the Song that Stormed the World
    ISBN: 9781927249222
    Title: How Bizarre: Pauly Fuemana & the Song that Stormed the World
    Author: GRIGG SIMON

    Pauly Fuemana of the group Otara Millionaires Club (OMC) was the charismatic singer and creator, with producer Alan Jansson, of the hit record How Bizarre. After the record's release in 1995 it stormed to number one in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and European countries and Fuemana appeared twice on Britain's top-rated TV show Top of the Pops. It was named Single of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards and remains the country's most internationally successful indie record of all time, having sold over 4 million copies and appeared on at least 100 compilations.

    Despite the song's phenomenal success, Fuemana was deeply troubled and found fame hard to handle. His friend, mentor and music publisher Simon Grigg gives a riveting blow-by-blow account of the singer's life and the song's beginnings, runaway success, and effect on Fuemana and the people around him. Along the way there are fascinating and often shocking insights into the ruthlessness of the music industry. This is an inside story never told before.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • How to Hear Classical Music #11 Ginger Series
    How to Hear Classical Music #11 Ginger Series
    ISBN: 9781877551000
    Title: How to Hear Classical Music #11 Ginger Series
    Author: CADDY DAVINIA

    Have you ever wondered why most classical music concerts are such stuffy affairs? Had to bluff your way through conversations about classical music? Want to get a handle on music by the modern composers? Tried and failed to convince teenagers of the merits of Beethoven or Bach? Or just want a great read on music you love? How to Hear Classical Music is all this and more. Davinia Caddy, an accomplished musician, historian and music writer, provides a thrilling and uplifting guide to classical music that's bound to cause waves. Like all the books in the popular Awa Press Ginger Series, How to Hear Classical Music opens a window into a fascinating world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • How to Listen to Pop Music (#3 Ginger Series)
    How to Listen to Pop Music (#3 Ginger Series)
    ISBN: 9780958250962
    Title: How to Listen to Pop Music (#3 Ginger Series)
    Author: BOLLINGER NICK

    This comprehensive and illuminating guide explores the entire spectrum of pop music, from Beatlemania and the long-playing record to Eminem and the iPod.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • I Felt Like a Fight Alright
    I Felt Like a Fight Alright
    ISBN: 9780473181710
    Title: I Felt Like a Fight Alright
    Author: CARR RUTH

    Despite album titles as black as midnight, Minuit songs can be as joyful as a fat kid with cake, Rolling Stone Magazine. Ever wondered what goes on in that head of Ruth's? It's not often you get to find out. 'I Felt Like A Fight, Alright' is a collection of one-liners, poems, lyrics and tales that give a behind the scenes look at, well, we are not quite sure what it's giving you a look at, but just don't stare at it for too long...

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • If I Only Had Time the Autobiography
    If I Only Had Time the Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781869663292
    Title: If I Only Had Time the Autobiography
    Author: ROWLES JOHN

    John Rowles had the popular music world at his feet in Britain in 1969. Managed by Peter Gormley, the same man who ran Cliff Richard's career, Rowles had two hits in the British top 20, 'If I Only Had Time' and 'Hush Not A Word To Mary'. Forty years later John admits that if had stayed in the UK he could have laid the base for a multi-million dollar career. But homesick for the sun, the 21-year-old Kiwi gave it all up for Hawaii in 1970, and signed up as a caberet star at the famous Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach. It had been a sensational rise for the kid from Kawerau who left home at 15 to play guitar. Basing himself in Hawaii, John's stellar career continued with regular trips all over the USA and appearing on television. He travelled back and forth to New Zealand and Australia regularly and released numerous albums, featuring best-selling hits such as 'Cheryl, Moana Marie' and 'Tania'. Following a highly successful Farewell Tour of New Zealand where he performed over 25 sold out two-and-a-half hour shows with his six-piece band, John Rowles recalls a lifetime of achievements in his highly illustrated autobiography. He speaks candidly to Angus Gillies about the highs and lows of his professional and personal life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Im With the Band
    Im With the Band
    ISBN: 9780986468469
    Title: Im With the Band
    Author: CHUNN BARNEY & JEREMY & MIKE

    Whether you want to make a living from music or play for fun, this is the essential guide to the New Zealand music industry. I'M WITH THE BAND explains everything you need to know from recording demos to signing contracts, from hiring a manager to protecting your music. Key figures in the New Zealand industry share their inside knowledge and experiences to help everyone from the hobby band to the performer on the brink of discovery.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • In Love With These Times: The Flying Nun Story
    In Love With These Times: The Flying Nun Story
    ISBN: 9781775540892
    Title: In Love With These Times: The Flying Nun Story
    Author: SHEPHERD ROGER

    The inside story of New Zealand's iconic independent record label by the man who made it happen. I wanted to be more than just an observer. I wanted to be a part of what was going on. I had told someone and the word was out, and now I had to actually do this thing. Start a record label. I must have been drunk. Roger Shepherd was working in a Christchurch record shop when he realised the local bands he loved needed someone to make their records. Flying Nun was born. Those records and the bands that created them them - The Chills, The Clean, Chris Knox and the Tall Dwarfs, The Verlaines, Sneaky Feelings, The Bats, Straitjacket Fits and many more - went on to define an era and create what became known as "the Dunedin Sound". In truth it was less a unified sound than a spirit of adventure and independence that characterised the Flying Nun ethos. In this long-awaited memoir, label founder Roger Shepherd describes the idealism and passion that drove the project in the first place, the hard realities of the music industry, and the constant tension between art and commerce. Filled with revealing anecdote and insight, this is the definitive insider history of the one of the most innovative and original record labels of the modern era. "Surely the label with the highest quality output per capita in pop history." - Guardian UK. "Something inexplicably special happened in the Southern Hemisphere a quarter of a century or so ago, the ripples still rumbling, and without it, all the music you love today would sound ever so slightly, and indefinably, different." - British comedian Stewart Lee.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • Kiwi Ukulele: the Nz Ukulele Handbook
    Kiwi Ukulele: the Nz Ukulele Handbook
    ISBN: 9780958282987
    Title: Kiwi Ukulele: the Nz Ukulele Handbook
    Author: DICKINSON MIKE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
    Author: BRUNT SHELLEY & STAHL GEOFF (EDS)


    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
    $63.00
  • Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks
    Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks
    ISBN: 9781776562169
    Title: Necessity for Consolation: John Cousins Speaks
    Author: HOSKINS ROBERT & MEEHAN NORMAN



    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
    $40.00
  • Nga Moteatea the Songs Part 2 With 2 Cds
    Nga Moteatea the Songs Part 2 With 2 Cds
    ISBN: 9781869403447
    Title: Nga Moteatea the Songs Part 2 With 2 Cds
    Author: NGATA A T & JONES PEI TE HURINUI

    An essential text for anyone studying Polynesian music and culture or Maori, Pacific Island, or New Zealand history, this redesigned edition of the classic study of Maori music contains an annotated collection of traditional Maori songsthe waiata. Study of the waiata is enhanced by the included recordings of the songs performed by traditional Maori singers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Nz Irish Voices Stories from Irish Migrants & Their Descendants
    Nz Irish Voices Stories from Irish Migrants & Their Descendants
    ISBN: 9781877513145
    Title: Nz Irish Voices Stories from Irish Migrants & Their Descendants
    Author: HANSEN KAREN

    Sticky Little Fingers is a fundraising cookbook produced by Normandale Playcentre - a parent co-operative for children aged five years and under. The book features over 100 pages of 'tried and tested' family recipes, including children?s favourite dishes, as well as recipes for 'messy play'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • NZ Jazz Life
    NZ Jazz Life
    ISBN: 9781776560929
    Title: NZ Jazz Life
    Author: MEEHAN NORMAN & WHINCUP TONY

    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
    $40.00
  • Organs & Organists: Their Inside Stories
    Organs & Organists: Their Inside Stories
    ISBN: 9780473411602
    Title: Organs & Organists: Their Inside Stories
    Author: SETCHELL JENNY

    "Organs and Organists: Their Inside Stories" is a light-hearted and unique look behind the façade of pipe organs. See in pictures and diagrams how they work, and read what organists from around the world confess are their most embarrassing and hilarious stories from their musical lives. See close-up some of the most famous pipe organs in the world and learn what makes them the King of Instruments. More than 470 full-colour photos, and cartoons by Al Nisbet, illustrate a volume which is not just for musicians but anyone with an interest in pipe organs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Piano Forte Stories & Soundscapes from Colonial Nz
    Piano Forte Stories & Soundscapes from Colonial Nz
    ISBN: 9781877372797
    Title: Piano Forte Stories & Soundscapes from Colonial Nz
    Author: MOFFAT KRISTINE

    The phrase 'colonial New Zealand piano' immediately and inevitably conjures up the image of the grand piano on a deserted beach that is the leitmotif of Jane Campion's 1993 film The Piano: both a powerful symbol of the incongruity of the piano in this context, its status as 'alien' intruder, and a moving testimony to the personal and cultural value of the instrument that accompanied its owner to the far side of the world. Did nineteenth-century European settlers share the fictional Ada McGrath's passionate attachment to her instrument? Was the instrument particularly valued by middle and upper class women, or did it transcend gender and class divides? How did Maori react to the melodies the piano released? Were the sounds it produced, in terms of both sonority and repertoire, affected by the new environment? What kinds of physical places did pianos occupy? This book attempts to answer these questions and in so doing to thus gain an understanding of the place and significance of the piano in colonial New Zealand culture and society.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Radio Pirates: How Hauraki Rocked the Boat
    Radio Pirates: How Hauraki Rocked the Boat
    ISBN: 9780473244613
    Title: Radio Pirates: How Hauraki Rocked the Boat
    Author: BLACKBURN ADRIAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Ray Columbus the Modfather the Life & Times of a Rock N Roll Pioneer
    Ray Columbus the Modfather the Life & Times of a Rock N Roll Pioneer
    ISBN: 9780143206576
    Title: Ray Columbus the Modfather the Life & Times of a Rock N Roll Pioneer
    Author: COLUMBUS RAY

    One of pioneers of modern music in New Zealand, Ray Columbus began his career in 1959 at the tender age of 17. After more than four decades at the top of the New Zealand entertainment industry as a singer, songwriter, bandleader and TV star, and having hits with such classics as 'She's a Mod' and 'Till We Kissed', Ray is well and truly a household name.Surprisingly, Ray's story has never been told: not fully, not in book form, and certainly not by him. Until now. The Modfather is the first authorised account of his unique life in music growing up in the 1950s, early days as a teenage bandleader, stardom at home and abroad, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous (Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones, To name just a few), reflections on an ever-changing music industry and his ongoing influence.Illustrated with photographs/ephemera from Ray's personal collection, it is at once a disarmingly candid memoir, a snapshot of a bygone era, a behind-the-scenes exposé and, more simply, a great read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Right Note: an Insight into Tauranga’s Historic Music Scene
    Right Note: an Insight into Tauranga’s Historic Music Scene
    ISBN: 9780473336790
    Title: Right Note: an Insight into Tauranga’s Historic Music Scene
    Author: CLARK GRAHAM

    The live music history of Tauranga from the late
    40s through to the 1990s, which includes a few
    bands and artists from the greater Bay of Plenty
    and Waikato, plus a number of nationally renowned
    artists who began their careers in Tauranga or who
    were influential on the Tauranga music scene.
    The history of the Tauranga Wurlitzer organ
    The conception of the Tauranga Jazz festival
    The influence of local radio
    Radio Hauraki and the pirates
    Nambassa and Ngaruawahia rock festivals
    The association of Tauranga musicians with some
    international artists - and much more
    Packed with historical and never before seen
    photographs.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $173.00
    $173.00
  • 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
    Author: BROWN MICHAEL & OWENS SAMANTHA (EDS)


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $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
    $45.00
  • Shihad & Wellington Rock #4 a Movement, 2000-2015
    Shihad & Wellington Rock #4 a Movement, 2000-2015
    ISBN: 9780994115034
    Title: Shihad & Wellington Rock #4 a Movement, 2000-2015
    Author: JORGENSEN IAN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Skins in the Game: A Musical Memoir
    Skins in the Game: A Musical Memoir
    ISBN: 9780473475215
    Title: Skins in the Game: A Musical Memoir
    Author: COLLIER TERRY

    From the Levin Memorial Hall in the early 1960s to the Main Stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Terry Collier was a part time rock and jazz musician who was fortunate enough to be around when music was a key element in rapidly changing social attitudes, both in New Zealand and internationally.

    A founding member on percussion of the Rodger Fox Big Band Terry also played drums in some of Wellington’s early show bands and rock groups.

    “Skins in the Game” is a personal history of this time and tells some of the stories and experiences from both New Zealand and overseas that were encountered along the way, including time living in London and Los Angeles. The objective is to add to New Zealand’s written record of the times for the benefit of historians and others who will enjoy a few chuckles at the stories and reminiscences.”


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Small Holes in the Silence Cd
    Small Holes in the Silence Cd
    ISBN: 822601400610
    Title: Small Holes in the Silence Cd
    Author: MEEHAN NORMAN GRIFFEN HANNAH & CHISHOLM HAYDEN

    Following the popular and critically acclaimed Buddhist Rain and Making Baby Float, Norman Meehan and Hannah Griffin teamed up with saxophonist Hayden Chisholm for this third instalment in their New Zealand poetry series. The relaxed serendipitous style of Norman and Hannah fits Hayden like a glove. A musician of remarkably understated confidence and sensitivity, Hayden's wonderfully nuanced phrases float effortlessly around the restrained sensitivity of Norman and Hannah.

    This is music born of years of dedication to craft and commitment to musical integrity. As Norman and Hannah proved with their previous releases, and as Bill Manhire points out in his perceptive liner notes, it takes great skill and humility to ensure that the original poetry can freely speak when it would be easy to overwhelm it with music. Instead, these three fine musicians have created a framework in which sound and text enjoy a harmonious artistic partnership.

    "There I was last week going through a few stray CDs and I found one of the Norman Meehan/Hannah Griffin albums where they've turned Bill Manhire's poems into songs. I was lucky enough to write the liner notes for one of their projects, so thrilled was I when I saw them perform these pieces live. So I was looking back through that, and listening again to the magic they summon and I was hoping that it wouldn't be long before this magical pairing serves up new music from old poems. Well, Meehan and Griffin (along with Hayden Chisholm) have created Small Holes In The Silence which features a few more Manhire poems, but also works from Hone Tuwhare, James K. Baxter, Alistair Campbell, David Mitchell and Eileen Duggan. It's an amazing album - the Meehan/Griffin partnership has created some wonderful treatments already but this is the one I think - the must-hear/must-have offering. Chisholm's playing is a crucial part of the puzzle here, the missing piece previously." - Simon Sweetman, Stuff.co.nz

    Format: Compact Disc
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Song of a Young Country
    Song of a Young Country
    ISBN: 9781877448287
    Title: Song of a Young Country
    Author: COLQUHOUN NEIL

    An illustrated New Zealand history in the words and music of songs. This is a totally revised and enlarged edition of a classic of NZ publishing; the 1972 edition has been out of print for decades. This is rich, poetic Kiwi cultural treasure - the songs of the pioneers: whalers, sealers, gumdiggers, goldminers and unionists. Includes lyrics, music and chords. Neil Colquhoun enjoyed a long career as a music specialist educator in schools. Performance with Rona Bailey and Jim Delahunty at the 1957 Auckland Festival of the Arts began his interest in New Zealand folk song. Since then he has collected, performed and recorded New Zealand song, and where the music has been lost he has recreated appropriate and beautiful tunes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Strange Terrain: a New Anthology of NZ Graphic Scores 1965-2012
    Strange Terrain: a New Anthology of NZ Graphic Scores 1965-2012
    ISBN: 9781877381621
    Title: Strange Terrain: a New Anthology of NZ Graphic Scores 1965-2012
    Author: BODY JACK ET AL


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • This I
    This I
    ISBN: 9781025071015
    Title: This I
    Author: WAIATA & THE WORD LINDSAY RABBITT


    Format: Compact Disc
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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