I WAS A RABBIT: Photography of Zwines & the Auckland punk scene, AK 78/79

 |   |  1 min read

I Am a Rabbit, by Proud Scum
I WAS A RABBIT: Photography of Zwines & the Auckland punk scene, AK 78/79

Those of us who were there -- and Elsewhere freely admits to only having been there four times -- will attest that Zwines club in Auckland was where the NZ punk live scene first happened.

By chance or coincidence Zwines was in the same old brick heritage building which housed the rebellious Beat-era pop-rock bands of the Sixties such as Larry's Rebels. The building which is now a bar-cum-something called the Bluestone Room was, in the late Sixties, home to what became the 1480 Village (named after Radio Hauraki's wavelength) but had already been a teenage club under other names for a few years before that.

Those who want a whiff of punk's history in Zwine's however are directed to a photographic exhibition in the building (details below, opens October  12). 

The punk exhibition project will feature large-scale digital prints on vinyl. The Artwork will be displayed on the street outside the Bluestone Room.

It offers a reflection of the history of Auckland’s nightlife, DIY fashion, colour, energy and -- warning 21st century artspeak -- "creative practices" of the punk era.

Curated by Simon Grigg, the exhibition shows a selection of the best photographs of the club from 1978.

Punk has been codified and curated, this exhibition part of Artweek Auckland and Changing Lanes, a collaborative project between Artweek Auckland, Auckland Council Design Office and Heart of the City . . .

Oh well.

But every picture tells a story . . .

Here are some of those pictures at an exhibition (in-joke for prog-rock people) by photographer Jeremy Temper.

zwines1

zwines2

zwines3

zwines4

check it out . . .

"to see ourselves as others see us"?

Screen_Shot_2016_10_04_at_7.23.03_PM

Screen_Shot_2016_10_04_at_7.48.17_PM

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Cultural articles index

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, written and directed by HONE KOUKA

THE BEAUTIFUL ONES, written and directed by HONE KOUKA

Although not without its problems – uneven pacing and a curious lack of necessary theatrical conflict between some key characters – this energetic production gets by on youthful... > Read more

QUEEN CITY ROCK: Auckland Nightlife, Look Back in Wonder (2010)

QUEEN CITY ROCK: Auckland Nightlife, Look Back in Wonder (2010)

“I hear the Queen City callin' . . . yeah, the whole place is rockin' . .  . " -- Peter Lewis and the Trisonic, Four City Rock, 1960 Although Peter Lewis... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Various Artists: With Love, A Pot of Flowers (Big Beat/Border)

Various Artists: With Love, A Pot of Flowers (Big Beat/Border)

By curious coincidence (nope, not ironic just chance) this collection of slightly garageband but lightlydelic US pop arrived the same day I learned Scott McKenzie -- of San Francisco (Be Sure to... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE DISCO SUCKS MOVEMENT: Divide and . . . conk out

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE DISCO SUCKS MOVEMENT: Divide and . . . conk out

It’s both easy and hard to explain the rise of the Disco Sucks movement at the end of the Seventies. In some parts of the world the zenith of disco coincided with the emergence of punk,... > Read more