- Paperback: 207 pages
- Publisher: Reed New Zealand
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0790007045
- ISBN-13: 978-0790007045
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,951,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is certainly not a book that the casual reader, or even casual music fan, will enjoy. That said, anyone interested in New Zealand independent music of the 1980's, particularly the Flying Nun Records scene that began in Dunedin, including such luminaries as The Verlaines and The Chills (and other bands who would go on to more international reknown than the Sneaky Feelings), will find this book a worthwhile read. There are the usual anecdotes about inter-band drama, road hijinks, and the general disappointments and struggles of an independent band trying to make it in a scene that had yet to celebrate music from New Zealand bands in general, let alone a handful of scrappy garage bands from the tiny south island town of Dunedin.
Bannister is an able writer, but I must confess I prefer his songs to his prose. However, until a more objective, comprehensive book is written, this book does offer some illuminating reading for those interested in the topic of New Zealand rock music.