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Hard News: Friday Music: When there were hippies

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  • Lilith __,

    OK this is something I just discovered, how addictive! I think I should be dancing to it but I have no idea how...

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Lilith __,

    Ah probably slowly. swaying ....

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Ah probably slowly. swaying ….

    I'm thinking I need a flouncey skirt.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    Here's the 1979 Nambassa poster

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

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    close up of NZ artists

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 877 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Lilith __,

    I’m thinking I need a flouncey skirt

    Essential!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Flouncey widebottom black*-silk trou do good as well-

    midnightblue/scarlet/gold/pinegreen/duskgrey/whatever!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Jos,

    close up of NZ artists

    Presold $13. Same as it cost for Tom Waits at the Ak. Town Hall that same year.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Islander,

    midnightblue/scarlet/gold/pinegreen/duskgrey/whatever!

    All those colours in a paisley mix...

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to Jos,

    Here’s the 1979 Nambassa poster

    Looks like that's been stored carefully, away from light and small creatures that make little paths through paper.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Jos,

    the 1979 Nambassa poster

    Man, that font's hard to read!

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Jonathan Ganley,

    Ta. I was there for the full sentence, a couple of days before and after as well, and it occurred that I could remember nothing about what the place looked like, only Toots and the Maytals and a verry weird road trip home.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2898 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jos,

    Hey, thanks for those.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    "Workshop demonstrations and lectures on crafts, self-sufficiency, healing, & alternative life styles". Take THAT, Big Day Out, you dilettantes.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell, in reply to Richard Aston,

    A bunch of us drove up from Dunedin to the Ngaruawahia festival in a friend's clapped out Austin van. Two of us drove back down in an even more run down Vanguard, which was made up from at least 2 wrecked cars. Great days.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    I've found my negatives of pictures from Nambassa 1981. Will have to remove the paper that is stuck to them before I can scan them....

    Most memorable - great beach and playing 500 a lot of the time.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Dinah Dunavan,

    I went in 1980, or was it early 1981. Between 4th and 5th form years. Dad wanted to see a jazz musician, or was it a band?

    We arrived late so camped amongst the cars, which would have been a relief to my parents. Ensuring their innocent children avoided the late night partying and drugs, I guess.

    I have almost no memory of it. Except buying the coolest singlet (I think it had a rainbow on it), sunbathing topless (next to our tent) and missing out on seeing any penises (my younger sister was more observant ) until I sat up from the topless sunbathing at the same moment a totally naked man walk out of the river in front of me! I think I lay back down and pretended I hadn't seen anything, what a drip I was. My friend Sarah was there, but I never found her, she was busy being baptised, which was never my thing.

    Dunedin • Since Jun 2008 • 186 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Danielle,

    young folk are just more self-sufficient with their knowledge these days :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Simon Grigg, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    I've found my negatives of pictures from Nambassa 1981. Will have to remove the paper that is stuck to them before I can scan them..

    I was going through stuff at my parents' place the other week and found a box with about 100 slides of Nambassa. Since I wasn't there I have no idea where they came from - or who took them.

    This is The Plague (an early version of what later became Blam Blam Blam) during their notorious naked performance.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3283 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Simon Grigg,

    This is The Plague (an early version of what later became Blam Blam Blam) during their notorious naked performance.

    Featuring Richard Von Sturmer painted blue.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    ( Dam the Dam )

    Wasn’t that John Hanlon? Came across him working as an adman in Sydney in the mid-90s.

    You are right about the songwriter but I am sure Corban Simpson sang that song at Ngaruawahia , mind you it was a while ago....

    Northland • Since Nov 2006 • 510 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Richard Aston,

    the hills are alive...

    Black Sabbath kicked off with a huge burning cross on the hill that totally freaked out the Christians...

    I remember thinking what tools Black Sabbath were - when they arrived (by helicopter IIRC) there was an announcement along the lines of "any girls who wanted to make them feel welcome should go round to the backstage entrance" - Fairport Convention were way better than Black Sabbath, as were Dragon...
    I think Corben Simpson's big song at the time was "Running to the Sea"
    Luckily I'd seen Ticket at Levi's Saloon a coupla nights before heading back down to Ngaruawahia, as Black-bloody-Sabbaf blew up Eddie Hansen's guitar amp (using it without permission, too!) so they never played....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Disclaimer. These are not great quality negatives. These are not great quality pictures. These are not great quality scans.

    Jandals and cars at Nambassa 81

    Stage and a few people Nambassa 81

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Then Sweetwaters.

    Were beer cans stronger then, or were Mini's lighter?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    And are VW Beetles watertight?

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2700 posts Report Reply

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