100 Essential New Zealand Albums

100 Essential New Zealand Albums

Awa Press, 2009

Given the opportunity to contribute to Awa Press’s Essential New Zealand series, I thought that by focusing on the country’s most significant albums I might find a fresh way of telling of the New Zealand pop story. Of course, this could never be a definitive history; some of our biggest stars made great singles but only patchy albums, while a few obscure names found their way into the book by leaving brilliant LPs. But I also wanted to celebrate the long-playing record as an artefact. I hope the result is informative and entertaining, reliable but also provocative, and I welcome readers’ thoughts on any albums I should have included but didn’t, and vice versa!

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