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GUEST WRITER KATHYRN VAN BEEK pays tribute to Auckland's shady lady

Kathryn Van Beek  |  19 Oct 2015  |  6 min read

‘K’Road’s colour under threat of whitewash,’ said the headline -- but the red lights are already turning off. The Pink Pussy Cat is now an immigration consultancy, the Pleasure Chest signs have been sold on trademe, and the bare-chested nymphette on the Vegas Girl building, who’s presided over the street since the Seventies is being retired. Saint... > Read more

GUEST WRITER CLAIRE MABEY looks ahead to this year's LitCrawl in Wellington

Claire Mabey  |  24 Sep 2015  |  3 min read

Wellington’s LitCrawl is controlled chaos. Over 80 writers, musicians, actors, scientists, journalists and artists will populate 15 venues over 3 hours for 15 unique literary-related sessions on Saturday 14 November. The point is to inject Wellington with the energy of audiences and writers colliding in a fast-paced format that celebrates writing when it’s off the page... > Read more

Rain, from Small Holes in the Silence

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO sees Yoko Ono go jazz in New York City

Madeline Bocaro  |  18 Aug 2015  |  3 min read

It is truly The Summer of Yoko in New York City. Yoko Ono One Woman Show at The Museum of Modern Art is in full bloom and she presented two delightful evenings of films and lectures in July, along with Morning Peace. And we were just treated to a couple of intimate and unique Plastic Ono Band concerts. We are starting to actually recognize the bottoms in Film No. 4, which again... > Read more

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO remembers the unique quality of Klaus Nomi

Madeline Bocaro  |  10 Aug 2015  |  10 min read

The transitional period between decades is always highly charged with the excitement of things to come, and nostalgia for an era coming to an end. The Seventies had their final burst of energy with Punk rock, but by 1979, the New Wave was already upon us. Simmering beneath the deliberate crudeness, realism and rage of Punk was a brightly coloured, cosmetic, futuristic fantasy world.... > Read more

GUEST WRITER LISA PERROTT on David Bowie, gender trangression and drag

Lisa Perrott  |  3 Aug 2015  |  3 min read

“Same old thing
 In brand new drag
 Comes sweeping into view

” – David Bowie, Teenage Wildlife (1980) Time and again, David Bowie has confounded us with enigmatic acts of gender transgression. Those acts have been fuelled by a restless drive for recreation, often in the form of ambiguously-gendered personas, such as Ziggy Stardust and... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN PHIL WALSH writes about making the music of the movie in his head

Phil Walsh  |  9 Jul 2015  |  4 min read

In the Eighties and Nineties there were two main camps of musicians in the Waikato. The “Originals” who wanted to only play their own material and who were happy to finance that dream through other means (ie day jobs); and the “Covers” who simply wanted to get out on stage and play, hopefully often enough to warrant giving up the day jobs and go “pro”.... > Read more

The Night Train

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER JULIAN REID on the streets of weirdly normal Athens

Julian Reid  |  4 Jul 2015  |  1 min read  |  1

Julian Reid is a musician, graphic designer and photographer who has lived in London for over 10 years. This week he went to Athens on business. He reports that "it is a weird situation here. Sometimes it feels very nornal (apart from the large ATM queues). However last night we heard big protests. It seems it could get ugly." He offers a selection of street... > Read more

GUEST ARTIST TERENCE HOGAN on the exhibition of his band posters and covers in Auckland

Terence Hogan  |  2 Jul 2015  |  2 min read

I was born in Grey Lynn, spent much of my boyhood in Ponsonby and following my high school years in Hamilton, returned to Auckland in the late Sixties. There was plenty going on around the city as one decade turned into the next and the lure of live music was ever-present. I did a little writing for various papers and magazines, mostly record and concert reviews, and made the rounds of... > Read more

GUEST DIRECTOR DAVID TRUEBA from Spain discusses his new film which isn't about John Lennon

17 Jun 2015  |  5 min read

The backdrop of my film Living is Easy With Eyes Closed is 1960s Spain. A place full of contradictions, grey, under the control of an authoritative regime, a generation living with the fear of wars recently past and a younger generation that longed for social and moral freedoms. This contrast was particularly evident in the south, in places such as the very poor province... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN PHIL WALSH tells of a band finally recording a single, four decades later

Phil Walsh  |  15 Jun 2015  |  4 min read

There wasn’t a lot to do for young teenagers in Morrinsville in the early Seventies. So Kim Murphy, Kevin Smith, another gal (Debbie) and I ended up forming our own little band. I think we – called Prophecy – had lofty dreams of being the next Abba. Debbie left quite early on and we called in a guitarist/vocalist, Murray Ferguson, whom I knew from Te Aroha. We... > Read more

Morning Sunrise

GUEST WRITER MEGAN STUNZNER has a night at the opera for a royal wedding

1 Jun 2015  |  4 min read

In his recent preview of La Cenerentola by NZ Opera, the Herald's William Dart noted the prolific composer Rossini could rewrite an aria in the time it would have taken him to retrieve the dropped original from the floor. It's not inconceivable to me he might have dashed off several variations of La Cenerentola – a version of the Cinderella story -- in a couple of hours, and... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER GARRY BRANDON captures an old Auckland picture palace

1 Jun 2015  |  3 min read

Some weeks ago when Elsewhere wrote about the singer-songwriter Jamie McDell's show at Auckland's Crystal Palace picture theatre, photographer Garry Brandon not only took the excellent shots of the performance but pointed his camera-eye at the cinema itself. The Crystal Palace is one of the last remaining suburban cinemas and has had a long history as a music venue. For many decades the... > Read more

GUEST MUSICIAN SCOTTY ROCKER explains how hard rocking Kiwis are cutting it up in distant Sweden

25 May 2015  |  5 min read

In 2012 I decided it was time for a massive change. I had spent so many years playing music in New Zealand and always seemed to get to the same place. Through all the touring and traveling with past bands the one thing I heard a lot was, “I like your music but you live on the other side of the world”. That always made it hard to break through. The one thing every... > Read more

GUEST WRITER KATHRYN VAN BEEK on what’s involved in taking a creative writing course

20 May 2015  |  4 min read

Do you: ·         keep a journal? ·         have a lot of opinions? ·         enjoy doing activities in your spare time? ·         have stacks of books all over your house?... > Read more

GUEST SONGWRITER CHRIS O'FLAHERTY tells of the journey to recording his debut album at 60

27 Apr 2015  |  4 min read

My earliest music memory is preparing for the primary school end of year concert with The Holy Faith nuns teaching us When Irish Eyes are Smiling. I was confused and a little ashamed when tears welled up in my own eyes as the melody went lilting round the hall. Music, it seemed,  had me at its mercy. The Marist Brothers took up my musical education as I moved into... > Read more

GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER PAUL DALY offers images from his award-winning travel portfolio

24 Apr 2015  |  1 min read

Last week Christchurch-based photographer Paul Daly of Nomadic Planet won the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year award at the annual New Zealand TravCom awards for travel writers and photographers. Daly here shares a selection of his images from his portfolio of a country much in New Zealander's minds right now. For more on Paul Daly's work see his website here, or the... > Read more

GUEST WRITER PIRIPI WHAANGA goes behind the masks of a New Orleans Mardi Gras

23 Mar 2015  |  5 min read

My wife and I flowed into New Orleans by way of a week-long stay-over in San Francisco. It was a good laxed-out hippie preparation for the weirdness of festival time around the 10th anniversary of the apocalyptic Hurricane Katrina.

 We arrived early February with several parades already having gone the various street routes and a parade underway. Our Somalian taxi driver was irate... > Read more

Sew-Sew-Sew

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO on twin-powered Japanese pop and Mothra movies

Madeline Bocaro  |  9 Mar 2015  |  4 min read

The Peanuts were one of Japan's first pop sensations, and the first to become well known internationally. Their career lasted from 1959-1975 and the diminutive duo comprised identical twin sisters Emi and Yumi Ito, born Hideyo and Tsukiko Ito on April 1, 1941 in Aichi prefecture. The twins were discovered by music impresario, and Watanabe Pro founder, Sho Watanabe. He first saw them... > Read more

Kawaii Hana

GUEST WRITER JARED HILL on the tainted legacy of Bob Marley

2 Mar 2015  |  6 min read

Of all the many historical figures in the 20th century regarded as forbearers of cultural revolution, Bob Marley is probably the most overlooked. While his unique brand of counterculture music and philosophy is certainly not forgotten (nor shall it ever be), a different set of associations with the man have long overshadowed the crux of what he stood for. Coming from Jamaica,... > Read more

Natural Mystic

GUEST WRITER MADELINE BOCARO revisits Sparks' classic album Kimono My House on its 40th anniversary

Madeline Bocaro  |  5 Feb 2015  |  9 min read

We have found the missing link between Sparks and Alvin & the Chipmunks! To some, the two groups are considered the most annoying of all time, but that’s not it. Come On-A My House was co-written by the man – and the actual voice – behind the vermin vocalists, Ross Bagdasarian (aka David Seville). But whereas the glamourised rats achieved vocal perfection... > Read more

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