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Blue Highways

May 3, 2012

BlueSmoke Generic

Nick Bollinger and I are heading out for some blues in the night (and day). A three-day road trip in the central North Island to share tall stories, sounds and images of New Zealand pop, historic and contemporary: not just ‘Blue Smoke’ and ‘Blue Beat’ but ‘Blue Lady’ and into the wild blue yonder. Nick’s book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums (Awa Press) is a great conversation starter: what would you have included?  Was he unfair to Schtung? John Hanlon?

The venues and times are:

New Plymouth – Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Tuesday 22 May, 5.30pm

Whanganui – Sarjeant Gallery – Wednesday 23 May, 12 noon

Palmerston North – City Library – Wednesday 23 May, 5.30pm

Napier – Music Machine, Hastings St – Thursday 24 May, 12 noon

Masterton – Hedley’s Bookshop – Thursday 24 May, 7.00pm


The poster design and production is by Ian Dalzielmy good friend from Rip It Up in the 1980s. Flashbacks of late-night deadlines, fuelled by combination fried rice and heavy funk.

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