Pull Down The Shades – GARAGE Fanzine 1984-86 BOOK by Richard Langston


282 pages, softcover
First edition of 500: SOLD OUT
Second edition of 500: SHIPPING NOW
ISBN 979-8-9881170-0-1

The ultimate index of the New Zealand underground,
GARAGE was my gateway to understanding the depth
and quality of music in ‘80s Aotearoa on Flying Nun
and beyond. – Matthew Goody, Needles & Plastic,
Flying Nun Records 1981-86

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The incredible sound of New Zealand from Flying Nun Records and Xpressway in the 1980s-90s is the stuff of legend.

Hozac Books proudly presents Richard Langston’s ultra-obscure fanzine GARAGE, capturing the original six issues from 1984-86 at long last, in book form. Including new interviews and essays from the NZ underground’s luminaries among the likes of Alec Bathgate, David Kilgour, Roy Montgomery, Shayne Carter, Bill Direen, George Henderson, Francisca Griffin, Ronnie van Hout, Chris Heazlewood, Peter Jefferies, Stephen Cogle, Hamish Kilgour, Tom Lax, Stuart Page, Martin Phillipps, Bruce Russell, John Halvorsen, Dean Allen, Robert Scott, Brian Turner, Gary Olson, David Swift, Roger Shepherd, and don’t forget those incredible photos of The Clean from Carol Tippet.

GARAGE chronicled the creative explosion of music that came out of the South Island, New Zealand in the late 70s and 80s – from The Enemy, The Clean, The Chills, The Verlaines, The Bats, The Builders, Victor Dimisich Band, Scorched Earth Policy …to The Great Unwashed and Straitjacket Fits. 

These are first-hand accounts and reports as the Flying Nun scene emerged as a force in the international underground music scene. Just like the music it covered, GARAGE was a bedroom-creation – typed, glued, and stapled together – that came to be read by music fans around the world. 

This book makes the six issues available in print for the first time since they were published in the mid-80s. It includes sixteen recent interviews with many of the leading songwriters, performers, and key figures in the scene.

Check out an exclusive book excerpt from THE WIRE

Check out an overview from ELSEWHERE NZ

Check out a review on RNZ

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Check out a feature/extract from PHANTOM BILLSTICKERS

Check out an interview with Pull Down The Shades author Richard Langston on C86 Podcast

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Additional information

Weight 30 oz

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