Reviews of The Problem with Music in New Zealand
I have never met Blink personally, but from the essays he has written I have drawn three conclusions:One, he is passionate about propagating a healthy music scene for New Zealand.Two, he has a brain that is constantly firing with ideas. Three, he is a gambler(like most enduring promoters) and is game enough to put his money where hismouth is.
Blink’s athis best when he is celebrating the culture he’s had a huge hand in creating.Whether you’re at all interested in the bands he has focussed on is irrelevant– there are plenty of ideas here – in an easy read, a worthy, slim volume. Itshould give the musicians, audiences and venue operators all something to thinkabout, and often something to strive towards. I applaud him for his efforts here – and I consider the book amust-read
If you have any interest inmaking music shit happen in New Zealand, buy this book, or download it for free
I commend young band membersto buy it, read it and start thinking about the bigger picture: there could bea larger audience than just those mates if they followed some of Blink's advice.
If you’re still interested, some more reviews:
http://www.listener.co.nz/culture/music/a-fix-it-upper/ (must have subscription)