Thanks, Russell. Even the two local beat policewomen came along to offer their condolences.
We had a remarkable experience of the people richness of Auckland, when Josephine and I held a remembrance in Grey Lynn this morning, for my sister Diana Golding who died in Auckland Hospital on Friday morning, We were expecting a small gathering but over 70 people were there--social workers, local store owners, street people, the staff of Grey Lynn Library, a Buddhist monk, friends from all over Auckland. I learnt a great deal about the years when my sister's and my life diverged, through people just standing and sharing their memories of her. I didn't know, for example, that she was known as The Queen of Grey Lynn. There was ukeleles, electric guitars and singing and laughter. I was very, very impressed by the community tightness of this corner of old Auckland.
Thanks, Ian. It was fun to write and I even got paid a modest sum. Hope it might winkle out another lovely old lady or two. I did a talk in Wellington last week and someone who was there told me about her father winning a contest in Rotorua as a four year old, curly-haired boy. It could make for another interesting twist on the story--the first Shirley Temple cross-dresser?
Graham Reid over at elsewhere has had some interesting Springsteen playing this week, including a bootleg of a 1978 concert in LA. This was recorded one year before I saw him in concert in Cleveland, Ohio where he seemed to set the pattern for 3 hour+ long performances. Won a ticket in a contest run by a Toledo OH radio station after being in the country for 3 days--which was kind of fitting, seeing part of the reason why I journeyed to the US to start a doctorate was a desire to encounter the mythic America Springsteen was singing about.
I like how he draws on his extensive back catalogue, but not exclusively--unlike bands like the Stones who haven't done anything new for yonks. And he does seem genuine in his politics (can't imagine Jagger donating to the City Mission).
No disgrace in leaving before the encore. Did so for Neil Young, after three hours of standing in a crammed space on sticky plastic.
Went to the Taioreore performance by Turtle Lake on the final night of the excellent Hamilton Gardens Festival. Initially it seemed rather daft, blending traditional Japanese song and percussion with Maori waiata , haka and poi. But it worked, largely due to the most tremendous and strenuous drumming by three very handsome Japanese male drummers. Great gut-sturring thumps and clatters echoing across the lake in the moonlight.
Incidentally, I was commenting to someone about how lively summers in New Zealand have become, with every weekend crowded with competing events,
...but she's never been to me...
Russell: Does this mean that the media show on MTS won't begin for a while?
I concur with the Chiefs comment. We were travelling over the Desert Road at night and trying to listen to the commentary on old steam radio--which faded away at the most exciting bits. An excellent victory--but so many injuries!
Charles Bradley was great, in a sold-out concert at the James Cabaret in Wellington last night (the venue is a well-kept secret!). All the right tropes of great soul music and another demonstration that you don't have to be conventionally beautiful to be sexy and sensual.
I thought I might just slip this in here, as it is also a story about Christchurch in the 1930s:
Seminar; Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 12 Wai-te-ata Road, KelburnWednesday 26 February 2014, 4.10pm-5.00pm
Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato
'This beastly publication': The Shirley Temple vs Graham Greene
civil libel case of 1938
As part of my current research on Shirley Temple 'double' competitions in New Zealand in 1935-1936 (an investigation of fandom and cultural memory), I encountered the High Court of Justice (UK) civil libel case of 1938, when Twentieth Century-Fox successfully sued Greene and the publishers of Night and Day magazine in wake of Greene's review of Wee Willie Winkie (John Ford, 1937).
The review suggested, amongst other things, that Temple's admirers were primarily 'middle-aged men and clergymen' who responded to 'her dubious coquetry', and it is regarded by some feminist writers as possibly the first exploration of the sexualisation of young girls in cinema. Nevertheless, there are a number of recent re-interpretations of this case, as in Gaylyn Studlar (2013), Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Childhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema.
The significance of this case will examine, as well as other ‘literary’ connections to Shirley, an investigation of the child film star (with a particular New Zealand inflection). This presentation will also reflect on contemporary manifestations of Temple-like celebrations of early girlhood, such as reality TV star Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (USA, 2012-2013)