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On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand's Pop Classics
On Song: Stories Behind New...

On Song

Stories Behind New Zealand's Pop Classics


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Release date NZ
October 24th, 2012
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Penguin Books (NZ)
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On Song is a lively journey through New Zealand's diverse pop landscape. Prolific music journalist Simon Sweetman has interviewed the writers and performers of beloved Kiwi classics, presenting 'in conversation' text that illuminates the fascinating stories behind the pop songs we all know and love, all complemented with a plethora of artists' personal imagery and archival photography. A stunning portrait of modern New Zealand through music.


Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Illustrated Book 2013.
Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Nielsen Award for Best Book 2013.
Shortlisted for PANZ Book Design Awards: Best Typography 2013.

Author Biography

Simon Sweetman is a freelance music writer. He is the popular music critic for the Dominion Post and writer of 'Blog on the Tracks', daily music musings for His work has also appeared in the New Zealand Listener, North & South, Rip It Up, Sunday Star-Times, Herald on Sunday, Salient and The Package. He has provided comment for Radio New Zealand National, RadioLIVE, Newstalk ZB, Radio Active and TVNZ's 'Good Morning'. He lives in Wellington with his wife Katy and their son Oscar. They share the house with far too many records and their cats Sylvie and Baxter. On Song is his first book.

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