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  • Katita,

    and next year will mark a scarcely-credible 25 years since Hard News was born as a weekly radio rant on 95bFM

    That can't be right ... I remember tuning in on the am/fm radio in my Mini. But if that was 25 years ago, then I'd be 48 now ... bloody hell.
    Merry Christmas Russell and the Public Address gang. Thanks for another great year.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 65 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Another thing with Amplifier, for every act, there was a bio. Even if it was just a couple of sentences, it was usually enough to establish where the act was from, what kind of music they played, and probably also a list of band members.

    While AudioCulture has excellent coverage of NZ bands and musicians, they tend to be ones who have significant careers. But the less successful emo bands or R&B crooners from the early '00s might only have an Amplifier profile as proof of their existence in the world of NZ music.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Sam Bradford,

    Sometimes I look back 10 or 15 years and marvel at the way there used to be money. I sometimes wonder who, apart from property speculators, does do well in modern New Zealand, but that's a bit silly

    I don't think that's silly at all. I very, very often think the same thing. Even the people I know who have well-paid jobs have no security. Whereas if you own (freehold) property, you essentially don't have to work. Welcome to Victorian hypercapitalism!

    On a more optimistic note, I agree that the mood of the public towards the media has changed. I don't know how many under-50s take the Herald at all seriously anymore, which is FANTASTIC given what it's become.
    Also, the crowd here is a bit mellow for my tastes, but you do a great job of moderating. Have a good holiday.

    New Zealand • Since Jul 2014 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    Another thing with Amplifier, for every act, there was a bio. Even if it was just a couple of sentences, it was usually enough to establish where the act was from, what kind of music they played, and probably also a list of band members.

    Quite a few times I've found the info I need from those bios. Another excellent point, Robyn!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Katita,

    But if that was 25 years ago, then I’d be 48 now … bloody hell.

    Clearly, I must be mistaken ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22747 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Another thing with Amplifier, for every act, there was a bio. Even if it was just a couple of sentences, it was usually enough to establish where the act was from, what kind of music they played, and probably also a list of band members.

    Quite a few times I've found the info I need from those bios. Another excellent point, Robyn!

    Me too, have used these many times over the years for reviews, shows etc... Really sad about this. Purchased from them just a few weeks ago, it was always my go-to site for NZ music.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 948 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What becomes of the broken data?

    ...those bios. Another excellent point

    Could a mirror copy be hosted by Audioculture or at least the data passed on - for the greater good of future music historians... a window into the past.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • Jane Pearson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I treasure the perspectives I read here, the insights I learn, the community that shows caring, and the moderation that keeps it humming. Nga mihi mahana

    Since Feb 2010 • 28 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Subs were doing bleak career humour years before reporters.

    Forever.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2895 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Popped up on the Horny-Handed Subs of Toil Facebook group.

    The most entertaining group I've found on Facebook for a while, and I was never even a paid subbie. Cheers!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Anyone visiting New Plymouth this summer should go to the fabulous new Len Lye Centre. And it is free, which is probably why there are the large crowds of tourists and a very busy cafe. But one reason is to see the Wellington Media Collective's poster exhibition We Will Work With You (as in this book).This exhibition shows that that alternative media has been around a long time, and some of these posters formed a backdrop to the generation before the internet. They were in flats and offices around New Zealand. The famous 1984 full page Washington Post ad against nuclear weapons was signed by thousands of NZers (including me - I found my name with a lot of looking).

    It is also very depressing as the issues are the same: hard to get welfare, post office closures, privatisation of ports, racism, sexism etc. And now we have another imminent nuclear ship visit.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3196 posts Report Reply

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