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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

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Another coffee-table paperweight, Mark Amery

New Zealand Painting: a concise history Michael Dunn Auckland University Press, $99.99, ISBN 1869402979 There’s a story that’s been hanging around a while now like a bad smell. Once upon a time, the story goes, painting died. Bloated and fat,

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Ways of cooking it – a smorgasbord of art books, Mark Amery

If you were to place all of the volumes on New Zealand art in one bookcase, you’d be presented with one rather higgledy-piggledy collection. Together they would tell an odd tale of short-lived publishing lines, changing institutional agendas, different and

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Rearranging the found, Mark Amery

Shifting Nature: Photographs by Wayne Barrar Wayne Barrar, with an essay by Geoff Park Otago University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1877276057 Chris Booth: Sculpture in Europe, Australia and New Zealand Edward Lucie-Smith, Ken Scarlett and Gregory O’Brien Godwit, $49.95, ISBN 1869620739

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Lyetening up, Mark Amery

Len Lye: A Biography Roger Horrocks Auckland University Press, $49.95, ISBN 1869402472 Len Lye himself ensures his biography is a ripper of a read. While biographer Roger Horrocks studiously clocks and chronicles the events and years of a long, ever-colourful

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Really real, Mark Amery

The Spit Children Jo Randerson Victoria University Press, $19.95, ISBN 0864733968   There was once this young woman who liked to make up stories. They were the kind of stories you might have made up for your best friend when

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