Author(s): Nick Bollinger
Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. The next two years were sometimes uplifting and exciting, other times enervating and depressing. It was the 1970s and pot was plentiful. Often, though, the band was short of other things- money, food, shelter, and petrol for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus. Goneville is both a coming-of-age story and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in '70s New Zealand. It shows how this music intersected - sometimes violently - with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock. Nick Bollinger draws on his own experiences, seeks out key players and unsung heroes - and vividly portrays a divided country, set to shatter apart for a generation.
Long-listed for Ockham New Zealand Book Awards - General Non-Fiction 2017.
Nick Bollinger worked as a postie and trained as a teacher before finding an outlet for his musical obsession as a journalist and critic. He was a music columnist for New Zealand Listener for almost 30 years. Since 2001 he has also written, produced and presented music review programme The Sampler for Radio New Zealand. He is the author of two previous Awa Press books, How to Listen to Pop Music (Ginger Series) and 100 Essential New Zealand Albums.