Kia oraWelcome to the website/blog of Dr. Michael Brown, a music researcher and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand.
It’s been another great year for New Zealand music books, with at least eight new tomes published over the last twelve months. This total roughly matches the averages for the last few years (see 2013 and 2014), while being somewhat … Continue reading
[Update 20 January 2016: added The right note: an insight into Tauranga’s historic music scene to the list.] That was quick… Another year gone, another swag of New Zealand music books published and it seems that 2015 produced a bumper … Continue reading
As outlined in a previous post (‘The old, weird New Zealand’), artist Mat Tait and myself have been working for several years on a graphic novel-style anthology of New Zealand legends and tall tales. In late-2013 we found a local … Continue reading
[Update 23 March 2015: added Sol3 Mio: our story to the list.] Another year has passed, so it’s time to briefly look over what New Zealand music books have been published in the last twelve months. According to my reckoning, … Continue reading
[Update 10 March 2015: Steele Roberts is currently updating their website and many of the links provided below no longer work. These will be repaired in due course.] Last year saw the publication of Bohemian journey: A musical heritage in … Continue reading
It’s not often that New Zealand music historians receive official recognition, so it was a nice to see two featuring on the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Congratulations to Phil Garland QSM and Donald Maurice MNZM! Official honours provide an … Continue reading