Kia oraWelcome to the website/blog of Dr. Michael Brown, a music researcher and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Posters can throw a unique sidelight on the musical past. As well as conjuring up events, performers and venues long vanished, their pictorial elements and graphic design often convey a strong sense of the values of a particular music scene. … Continue reading
Folk music was a major genre in New Zealand popular music during the 1960s and into the 1970s. Some of the folk clubs and festivals which got established in this period survive through to the present day, but one key … 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
On 11 April 2014, I took part in ‘Lyrical legacy’, a lunchtime presentation at the National Library of New Zealand which examined New Zealand historian James Cowan’s interest in waiata, poetry and sea shanties. This was part of larger programme … Continue reading