And I wish life could be / swedish magazines…

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.

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.


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.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

Ian Dalziel
September 20, 2011 at 2:36 am

St Jim on High…
Of course it’s Iggy — on first glance I thought he was Bryan Staff!
It is a clas­sic Hogan shot, too — I’m almost tempt­ed to grab it and ‘Zelig’ him into all great his­toric shots — he’d fit in well amongst the Admi­rals just behind Churchill at Yal­ta (
;- )

September 20, 2011 at 2:58 am
– In reply to: Ian Dalziel

I can see Ter­ry stand­ing in the back­ground at the Munich Con­fer­ence — that pose — and calm­ly observ­ing from the side of the Grassy Knoll

Joe Wylie
September 20, 2011 at 4:31 am

As Chris Knox described him, “the irre­triev­ably mus­ta­chioed Ter­ence Hogan”.

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