A very good tribute, Russell.
One of the best stories I've heard about him was that when he was just starting his career in NYC in the late '70s he'd often go to CBGBs after work, which at that point in time would've been mind-blowing just about every evening.
He also ended up good mates with Iggy Pop, they're cut from the same cloth, so no surprise they hit it off.
Good to know that it's worth checking out, I was worried it'd be as bland and unedifying as that recent Richie McCaw hagiography.
Audioculture's an excellent website, good call on the photos, images, etc, all sorts of incredible pics I thought I'd never see.
Last week there was a story on Newshub about a rumour that National was not going to give Seymour a free pass in Epsom next election.
When asked about this, Simon Bridges was very vague and non-committal about continuing the free pass.
I can't remember exactly what he said, but it was along the lines of "we'll cross that - [no pun intended] - bridge when we come to it" - hardly a ringing endorsement of confidence.
I suspect National are heartily sick of Act and see them as little more than nuisance value. Plus, I suspect Paul Goldsmith will really throw his toys if he doesn't become the electorate MP in 2020.
A lot of us here in Dunedin that were contemporaries of his in the early - mid '90s are pretty proud of Grant. I last spoke to him in person three years ago (at a Tiny Ruins gig !) just after he'd became finance spokesman.
He told me he'd been given that portfolio because Andrew Little thought he'd be best at, as he put it "selling our policies to the public".
It's also pretty cool that the Minister of Finance knows who the likes of Shayne Carter, etc, are, too.
Too funny that there’s controversy about the Dunedin Sound article. Isn’t it awesome that there’s new music that people love, coming from Dunedin?
You miss the point of the controversy. The controversy is that said article portrays a handful of the more commercial, post-Six60 new bands as being the sum total of new bands, yet completely ignores the umpteen other new bands that are also around, which aren't playing the mainstream music the bands in the article do.
Disclosure: I lived next-door to some of the members of one band for a year, so am familiar with them and their music. I'll be polite - it's not my cup of tea and I far prefer some of the more challenging, adventurous bands around, than a bunch of dude-bros.
Wow, loved reading your reminiscing, David - thank you. I read the NME from the early '80s to mid '90s and thought it was a damn fine magazine.
But then I started going off it, I simply couldn't abide Brit-pop.
Fun while it lasted.
It'd be interesting to be a fly on the wall when the promoter(s) and their staff sat down for a debrief yesterday or today, that's for sure. Wonder if they'll make any public comment on the P/Duk balls-up.
Some time ago I suggested to Andrew Geddis on PA that he might like to try cycling for this exact reason and his response was "no, not convenient".
Given that he lives way the hell out at Purakanui, from a purely practical view, it actually isn't for him.
I expect he sympathises a) with the gist of this column and, b) cycling in general, but it's "not convenient" for him because Purakanui is a good 30min drive to his work along very narrow, twisting countries roads for the first half, then a road with heavy trucks zipping along continuously on it for the second.
Also, he's an academic - bit hard to carry a couple of hundred assignments on a bike, eh ?
It's also on CD, too.