Public History Talk: Musicians, myths and manifestos

Wednesday 3 May 2023, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street. or on Zoom

What can popular music tell us about a country and its culture? As the 2023 Lilburn Research Fellow, Nick Bollinger is looking at ways in which pop music in Aotearoa New Zealand has reflected, contradicted, and contributed to our national stories. In this New Zealand Music Month talk he will offer a progress report on a few of his discoveries.

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Music and our national stories

May is New Zealand Month. To mark this celebration, Nick Bollinger will give a Public History Talk about his work on his 2023 Lilburn Research Fellow project. Nick’s research into music, culture, and identity has highlighted examples of how popular music has reflected, contradicted, and contributed to our national stories.

Nick Bollinger is a Wellington-based writer, musician and broadcaster. He has been a columnist for the New Zealand Listener and presenter of RNZ National’s music review programme The Sampler. His books include How to Listen to Pop MusicGoneville: A Memoir, which won the Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing, and Jumping Sundays: The Rise and Fall of The Counterculture in Aotearoa NZ, shortlisted for the 2023 Ockham Book Awards. Nick is the most recent recipient of the Lilburn Research Fellowship.

More information, including Zoom link registration can be found here.

The Lilburn Research Fellowship

The Lilburn Research Fellowship is to encourage scholarly research leading to publication on some aspect of New Zealand and music, using the resources of the Archive of New Zealand Music and the wider published and unpublished collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Public history talks

These free Public History Talks are a collaboration between the Alexander Turnbull Library and Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, March to November.

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