Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music by Chris Bourke

By Chris Bourke

arise to Paekakariki / within the land of the tiki / the place you spend all of your days on the beach.' it really is one other Saturday evening in Fifties Auckland. Downtown, nightclubs are banning the jive as the exuberant disturb the wary fox-trotters. Over in Freemans Bay, the Maori group Centre is the 'jazziest, jumpingest position within the urban' the place sweaty males in zoot matches feed on Maori bread and large tubs of potatoes. In Blue Smoke, Chris Bourke recovers the misplaced sunrise of recent Zealand well known track within the 20th century. Bourke brings to lifestyles the musical worlds of recent Zealanders at domestic (buying sheet tune from Beggs, hearing the radio, studying 'the twist') and out in town (singing in group choirs, seeing Dave Brubeck on journey, jiving to Johnny Devlin). starting with the go back of the Kiwi live performance events from international conflict I and the coming of jazz, Blue Smoke chronicles part a century of switch - with the influence of worldwide battle II, the increase of swing, state, the Hawaiian sound after which rock'n'roll, the advance of a TANZA and a neighborhood recording undefined, and the impression of excursions by way of in another country stars. From Kiwi live performance events to the Howard Morrison Quartet, from Ruru Karaitiana's 'Blue Smoke' to Ken Avery's 'Tea at Te Kuiti', from swing to people, from Wellington's Majestic Cabaret to Christchurch's Wintergarden, Bourke brings to existence the folks, areas, and sounds of an international we've misplaced. it's a international within which Maori and Pakeha New Zealanders steadily constructed a melody, a rhythm, and a voice that made feel on those islands.

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