Blog Archives

Songs not lost, Nepia Mahuika

Nga Moteatea: An Introduction/He Kupu Arataki Jane McRae and Heni Jacob (trans) Auckland University Press, $34.99, ISBN 9781869404901   Jane McRae’s Nga Moteatea: An Introduction is a small book that seems longer because the comprehensive Maori translation by Heni Jacob…
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in History, Māori, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Draft 17 anyone? David Eggleton

Dunedin Soundings: Place and Performance Dan Bendrups and Graeme Downes (eds) Otago University Press, $40.00, ISBN 978 877578229   With the possible exception of Chris Knox, the “Dunedin Sound” was never driven by charismatic personalities. Instead, it consisted of a…
Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Worth playing, Samantha Owens

A Search for Tradition and a Search for Language Douglas Lilburn Lilburn Residence Trust, $24.99, ISBN 9780473183790   When Douglas Lilburn died at his Thorndon home in June 2001 at the age of 85, numerous obituaries, published both here and…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Lecture, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Smoke gets in our eyes, Colin Morris

Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music 1918-1964 Chris Bourke Auckland University Press, $59.99, ISBN 9781869404550   To anybody under the age of 25, it might come as a shock to read Chris Bourke’s book and discover…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Invaluable taonga, Paul Wolffram

Nga Moteatea: The Songs, Part 4: Collected by Apirana Ngata, translated by Hirini Moko Mead Jenifer Curnow and Jane McRae (eds)  Auckland University Press, $22.50,  ISBN 9781869403867  This is the final instalment in the series of Nga Moteatea: The Songs,…
Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in Māori, Music, Non-fiction

Dead ends and hairpin bends, Nick Bollinger

Highway of Legends: On the Road with the Kings and Queens of Country Music Dianne Haworth HarperCollins, $29.99, ISBN 1869505891 The road is a place, both real and metaphorical, central to the life of any professional musician. It is where…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Memoir, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Keeping the songs alive, Allan Thomas

Nga Moteatea: The Songs, Part One  ed A T Ngata and Pei Te Hurinui Jones Auckland University Press (third edition with CDs), $70.00, ISBN 1869403215 Traditional Songs of the Maori ed Mervyn McLean and Margaret Orbell Auckland University Press (third…
Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Music, Non-fiction, Review

Standing up for it, Redmer Yska

God Defend New Zealand: A History of the National Anthem Ashley Heenan School of Music and University of Canterbury, $29.95, ISBN 0908718098 Hear Our Voices We Entreat: The Extraordinary Story of New Zealand’s National Anthems Max Cryer Exisle Publishing, $29.99,…
Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review, Sociology

Down by the river, Charlotte Yates

How to Listen to Pop Music Nick Bollinger Awa Press, $24.95, ISBN 0958250960 Nick Bollinger is well known as a music reviewer or, perhaps the weightier epithet, rock journalist. He has worked in print media since 1988 for, among others,…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in Essays, Music, Non-fiction, Review

Insolent bassists and mad drummers, Mark Amery

Ready to Fly: The Story of New Zealand Rock Music David Eggleton Craig Potton Publishing, $49.95, ISBN 1877333069 I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a reader – at least not in the always-head-in-a-novel kind of a…
Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in History, Music, Non-fiction, Review
Search the archive
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages
Filter by Categories
Architecture
Art
Autobiography
Awards
Biography
Byline
Children
Comment
Contents
ebooks
Economics
Editorial
Education
Essays
Extract
Fiction
Gender
Graphic novel
Health
History
Imprints
Language
Lecture
Letters
Letters
Literature
Māori
Media
Memoir
Music
Natural History
Non-fiction
Obituaries
Opinion
Pacific
Photography
Plays
Poem
Poetry
Politics & Law
Psychology
Religion
Review
Science
Short stories
Sociology
Sport
Subscribers only
Uncategorized
War
YA Reviewers
Young adults
Recent issues: subscriber-only access

Subscribe to NZ Books to access the issues above

Search by category

See more