I realized looking this blog the other day that kiwirock history of NZ rock’n’roll is a bit miss leading. The stories you will find here are about the international acts that came to New Zealand. Most of them I will have promoted but there maybe be others. Most of the stories are written by famous New Zealand rock’n’roll /music journalist. These stories will give you a flashback and the feel on what was happening at that time in New Zealand rock’n’roll. Most of the stories relate in some way to the posters that I’m selling. Which relate to individual artist that came to New Zealand at that time. But there are other articles about local artist.
By Graham Reid, posted Sep 2, 2012
When Herbs emerged at the start of the 1980s they were a very different band from the avuncular, mainstream entertainers they became.The original five-piece was managed by the former president of the radical Polynesian Panthers, and the cover of their landmark EP Whats’ Be Happen, released in July ’81 during the Springbok tour, was an aerial photo of police evicting protesters occupying Bastion Point in ’78.
That alone was a significant statement, and the six tracks within were a watershed in Kiwi music.
The lyrics spoke with a righteous anger we seldom hear from our musicians. Toni Fonoti, who wrote most of the material, possessed an authoritative voice and the songs referred to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa (Azania), the realities of street life for Continue reading ‘HERBS, NEW ZEALAND’S POLITICISED REGGAE REVOLUTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME (2012)’