A few general bits and pieces:

I wrote a piece for Social Media NZ a short while back. It was published here, and seems to have picked up a pretty positive response, although, given a few of the comments from the US & Europe, I continue to be amused/bemused by the way Western observers misunderstand the new Asia, either simply because they don’t get the scope of what is happening in this part of the world, and how it it effects the global future, or because – almost wilfully – they just don’t want to. A step back and an attempt to look at the world in a timeline that goes beyond the year, decade or even century we are in is helpful.

Or, hell, maybe I’ve just got it wrong and I should simply hang tight for the next U2 album to work out my cultural bearings.

One who did seem to understand what I tried to say was Asian Correspondent’s Jon Russell, here.

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This photo turned up from nowhere thirty-two years after the event – which was a record signing session in Taste Records in Hight Street in Auckland in July ’79, a store owned by a quiet hero of mine, the late and much missed Dave Perkins.

Iggy at Taste

The guy with the glasses behind Iggy is Kim Sinclair, a mate of mine who some years later would win not only an Oscar, but a BAFTA. Further back is David Herkt, another good friend through the years, who is now a writer and director of some note, and a spokesman from time to time for the gay community.

The guy behind with the moustache is Terry Hogan, the man who designed the Ak79 and Class of 81 sleeves, plus countless iconic posters. He also signed Toy Love to WEA Records – he was art director there – and thus played a huge part in the evolution of the NZ recording industry.

The woman in front of him is the Auckland actor and playwright Yvette Parsons.

The woman talking to Ig is Anne Louise Martin, then Rip It Up writer and now somewhere in the South Island.

The guy almost out of shot to the right is Jonathan Tidball, one of my best friends at the time and someone whose images of the Auckland punk scene are now amongst the most iconic.

A pretty amazing shot, it was taken by the iconic artist and cartoonist Chris Slane and I had no idea he had taken it until yesterday.

Iggy was in the country to promote his New Values album and was friendly, funny and talkative –  and signed all sorts of things including backs, shoes and a couple of handbags. I managed to get my whole Pop/Stooges collection squiggled on – on Raw Power he drew a tree all over the cover and, underneath, wrote ‘Iggy grew here’.

Despite his later notoriety, there were surprisingly few people at the afternoon-long instore. Ig bought two cassettes: a Hank Williams collection and Donna Summer’s On The Radio.

We latter spent part of the evening with him but that’s another whole story.

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Important UK/NZ music commentator, writer and academic Andrew Dubber ran my blog post, on YouTube,  a couple back here on his Deleting Music pages. The header was humbling but I’m glad it was picked up. There are countless people in the same boat I’m in here and it really needs attention and noise.