HeritageTalks: Audioculture Presents: Gareth Shute - Music and New Zealand


Central City Library, 44-46 Lorne St, Auckland City Centre

Whare Wānanga, L2
Also online via Zoom

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Wednesday 3 May 2023




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Image: Diners and dancers at John's Place, a discotheque and restaurant nightclub in the Rialto Arcade, Newmarket owned by John Blackwell. Rykenberg Collection. Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections 1269-19710522-05.

For nearly 100 years, it was illegal to play music in a public bar.

Last year, Gareth Shute explored how this and other laws affected the music scene in an article for the music history website www.audioculture.co.nz.

He will expand on his findings and present a bunch of wonderful historic photographs, some of which capture how booze often slipped into music venues even when it was still illegal.

Learn why so many venues in the ‘70s were in hotels and how alcohol-themed bands like Beam and Distillery came to be.

Celebrating New Zealand Music Month #NZMM

About the speaker
Gareth Shute is a music historian who has authored five books, including NZ Rock and National book award winner Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa. He’s also a musician - currently with party band Thee Golden Geese, though he’s previously toured internationally with The Brunettes and the Ruby Suns.


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