New Zealand Music Features

COMMUNITY & DIVERSITY - WAS THIS A SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON LIKE NO OTHER?

COMMUNITY & DIVERSITY - WAS THIS A SUMMER FESTIVAL SEASON LIKE NO OTHER?

For the first time in living memory, we have the chance to celebrate our local artists without a glut of international acts vying for our attention. Kate Powell spoke to three festival organisers promoting grassroots events this summer. What were their experiences in this environment?

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"SOUTHERN PSYCHEDELIC MOMENT": AN ODE TO MARY HENEY & PETER STAPLETON

"SOUTHERN PSYCHEDELIC MOMENT": AN ODE TO MARY HENEY & PETER STAPLETON

Kiran Dass looks through the careers of Mary Heney  and Peter Stapleton, both of whom passed away in 2020. Kiran picks out her personal favourites from their extensive catalogues.

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FLYING NUN, ROGER SHEPHERD AND DOING BUSINESS WITH MUSHROOM'S MICHAEL GUDINSKI

FLYING NUN, ROGER SHEPHERD AND DOING BUSINESS WITH MUSHROOM'S MICHAEL GUDINSKI

This week we were sad to hear of the passing of a significant figure in the Australian (and New Zealand) music industry - Michael Gudinski. In the late 1990s one of his companies - Mushroom Records - purchased 49% of Flying Nun, eventually taking entire ownership of the company. Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd charts his relationship with Gudinski, Mushroom Records, News Corp and more.

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CHARTING THE BATS: 38 YEARS, 10 ALBUMS AND THE LONGEST UNCHANGED LINE-UP IN NZ HISTORY

CHARTING THE BATS: 38 YEARS, 10 ALBUMS AND THE LONGEST UNCHANGED LINE-UP IN NZ HISTORY

William Daymond may be the most enthusiastic and learned Bats fan known to humankind. Here he spares no details charting the ins and outs of the band, spanning 38 years and 10 albums from go to whoa.

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