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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.
Singing sensation Hayley Westenra reveals how a teenage busker from Christchurch ended up performing for the Queen, Prince Charles, President George W Bush and Tony Blair. Hayley reveals the highs and lows of her personal journey.
A rollercoaster yarn about Mike Chunn's years in the ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how he dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities.
Split Enz is still New Zealand’s most successful rock band. Bass player Mike Chunn shares his inside story of the band in this candid account. He has also written 2019’s A sharp left turn: notes on a life in music, from Split Enz to Play it Strange.
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.
Respected leader Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi composed beautiful songs that are performed today and was passionate about Māori revitalisation, offering initiatives in education, language and the arts. Mainly in English with some te reo Māori.
McLean traveled throughout New Zealand, meeting and working with many Māori leaders to collect and preserve the songs and the voices of many great kaumatua.
A coming-of-age memoir focusing on New Zealand’s music scene in the 1970s. Award-winning writer Nick Bollinger, who broadcasts on Radio New Zealand, shows how music intersected with a culture in which real men played rugby, not rock.
Lorde won two Grammys for her song 'Royals,' which captivated audiences all over the world and skyrocketed her from obscurity to superstardom. Quite an accomplishment for a girl who had just turned 17.
A tribute from this 60 of this New Zealand composer’s friends, colleagues, family (including his son Anthony, also a composer) and students. Professor Ritchie was known for his choral, brass and church music as well as concerto-type works.
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