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With topics ranging from pop star Bic Runga and jazz artist Mike Nock to migrant music, local performance and how kids’ songs portray NZ, these essays help us re-think New Zealand music and national identity.
The classic collection of Māori waiata. These songs in many different styles embody the fundamental values of traditional Māori culture and form a vital part of marae ceremonial.
The Chills, the Tall Dwarfs and Straitjacket Fits are among Kiwi bands recorded by New Zealand’s iconic independent label. Its founder describes the passion that drove Flying Nun from the start and the music industry’s hard realities.
“It’s a soundtrack to the Somme, an added trumpet part to the dawn parade; it’s about the first great wave of popular Māori music, and the Pākehā’s love of brass... the best illustrated book of New Zealand non-fiction of 2017”. – The Spinoff.
Chris Bourke recovers the lost dawn of New Zealand popular music in the twentieth century. Bourke brings to life the musical worlds of New Zealanders at home (buying sheet music from Beggs, learning 'the twist') and out on the town!
Pauly Fuemana of Otara Millionaires Club (OMC) was the talent behind How Bizarre, still the country’s most internationally successful indie record. A riveting account of the singer’s life and the song’s beginnings, runaway success, and effects.
The best introduction available, describing instruments played, song and dance styles, performance, composition, teaching and more. Based on fieldwork that yielded 1300 recorded songs and hundred of pages of interviews and eyewitness accounts.
This is a unique historical document uncovering the richness of Tuhoe music and poetry. Includes 60 traditional songs from outstanding singer Kino Hughes with the text of each song in both English and Māori.
Moteatea (sung laments) are at the heart of matauranga Māori or Māori cultural knowledge. They are the central strand of Māori poetry and song, a source of knowledge about tribal history and whakapapa (genealogy), and a living art form.
For a week in June 1964, the Beatles toured NZ, changing life as we knew it forever. Through the reminiscences of eyewitnesses the author assesses the long-term impact the Beatles made on New Zealand music and society.
An in-depth study of indie rock in the 1980s as a culturally and historically specific production of white men, analysing Flying Nun acts, including The Chills, The Clean, the Verlaines, Chris Knox, Bailter Space and The Bats alongside overseas acts.
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