Stranded in Paradise: New Zealand Rock and Roll, 1955 to the Modern Era
The original book, published in 1988, immediately became a classic. It was the first proper history of New Zealand rock and roll, told as a series of inter-linking, anecdotal stories. To buy an original on Amazon.com now costs at least $US150.00 The year 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of the first proper rock and roll recording made in New Zealand, a seminal moment immortalised in the book. Now the author has gone back to the original manuscript and revised it with the benefit of hindsight trends or acts which once seemed significant are less so now, while others have grown in historical importance. At the same time, the period from 1988 to the present has been covered in the same style, telling the stories of the more modern genres such as rap and hip hop, the Polynesian music revolution and the extraordinary renaissance of Kiwi music in general.
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