First book star gazes through music scene
Peter McLennan’s first book is a snapshot of when the Kiwi music scene really began to shin.
I Believe You Are A Star is a collection of articles written by the inner-city resident between 1992 and 2003.
Its 202-pages feature interviews with musicians including P-Money, the late Darcy Clay, Fiona McDonald and Shayne Carter – who lends the title of his 2001 Dimmer album to the collection.
The articles were originally published in magazines such as NZ Musician, Pavement and the now defunct Stamp.
Mr McLennan says it was a lengthy task sorting through his bulky archives to pull out the most interesting conversations.
‘‘The other part was actually finding the versions of them because some of them were on floppy disc and I haven’t got a machine which lets me get those off anymore,’’ he laughs.
The well known musician and blogger ‘‘sort of fell into’’ freelance music writing while at art school. ‘‘It was basically an excuse for me to meet musicians that I wanted to meet anyway and find out about their creative process,’’ he says.
He stopped writing about other people’s music around 2003 to concentrate on his music under the name Dub Asylum.
I Believe You Are A Star is being released to coincide with New Zealand Music Month.
Interviewees like P-Money, SJD and the Black Seeds were just at the dawn of their careers when Mr McLennan spoke to them.
‘‘The late 1990s, early 2000s is about the time when New Zealand music really began to take off.
‘‘It went from 2 per cent to 20 per cent on the radio,’’ Mr McLennan says.
‘‘It was basically the point when NZ music really started to blossom.’’
The official launch of I Believe You Are a Star is tomorrow from 3pm at Conch Records on Ponsonby Rd.
The book will be sold in record stores and online with a RRP of $20.
Kiwi music: I Believe You Are A Star by Peter McLennan.