Where's My Room (ALH056)
Documentary photographic book of the 2018 Neil & Liam Finn Where's My Room tour as photographed on 35mm film by promoter and tour manager, Ian Jorgensen.
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304 pages, softcover, A Low Hum publishing (ALH056).
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In the summer of 2018 Neil & Liam Finn teamed up with A Low Hum for a tour that took them to spots even the most ardent of Kiwi nomads would be hard-placed to point out on a map - communities such as Purekireki, Tauhei, Tirohanga, Himatangi Beach and Absurdistan. It was a way to connect with audiences often neglected by touring musicians combined with an epic summer road-trip.
‘Where’s My Room’ was both a vacation for the Finns and their friends and a celebration of that li’l kiwi battler, the community hall. Nineteen shows in all, the tour stretched throughout January and saw Neil and Liam Finn debut live a wealth of material from their new collaborative album, Lightsleeper, as well as digging into the various band members’ envious and deep back catalogue of hits.
Utilising his privileged position as promoter and tour manager, notorious music photographer Ian Jorgensen captured intimate moments of the Finns, crew and the visited communities on 35mm film. His candid portraiture documents the tour behind-the-scenes, showing what it’s like to be out on-the-road in rural New Zealand from the perspective of one of touring’s most roadworn advocates.
Wake up, drive, load-in, set-up, sound-check, rest, perform, pack-down, load-out, sleep, repeat. This is what happens when twenty-odd friends, family, band and crew head out on the road in rural New Zealand and attempt something out-of-the-ordinary.
“Young New Zealanders head out as soon as they can - but are they missing something precious on their own doorstep? Now the world seems fixated on watching itself in a spiral of despair, perhaps there is something to be discovered by exploring the margins; what’s happening unobserved in the small towns. Some truth.”
Full tour dates listed below.
A Low Hum presents Where’s My Room, January 2018
3 Piha, Barnett Hall
4 Warkworth, Warkworth Hall
5 Waipu, Coronation Hall
6 Kaiwaka, Kaiwaka Memorial Hall
7 Absurdistan, Absurdistan Hall
9 Tauhei, Tauhei Memorial Hall
10 Tirohanga, Tirohanga Settlers Hall
11 Pirongia, Pirongia Hall
12 Pukekohe, Buckland Hall
15 Waipawa, CHB Municipal Theatre
16 Himatangi Beach, Himatangi Beach Hall
17 Paekakariki, St Peter’s Village Hall
19 Akaroa, The Gaiety
20 Oxford, Oxford Town Hall
21 Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo Community Hall
23 Hawea Flat, Hawea Flat Hall
24 Arrowtown, Athenaeum Hall
26 Purekireki, Purekireki Hall
27 Milton, Milton Coronation Hall
The Neil & Liam Finn touring band consisted of Neil Finn, Liam Finn, Elroy Finn, Sharon Finn, Connan Mockasin, EJ Barnes, Jimmy Metherell, John Carroll Kirby & Molly Lewis
Neil and Liam Finn along with A Low Hum will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the NZ Music Foundation, who offer a free support service to NZ music people experiencing distress, serious illness and hardship.
The tour was helped made possible thanks to the generosity of Wilderness Motorhomes, Garage Project, Framingham Wines, Hireace and Massey University Wellington's Bachelor of Commercial Music
The classic kiwi community hall has faced a tough time the past decade with many shutting their doors, being faced with imminent closure or having to deal with the enforcement of a paranoid liquor act believing such halls are makeshift speakeasy's:
Community Halls the Lifeblood of Rural Areas That Are Now Under Threat, Stuff.co.nz
Police Work with Council to Tackle BYO Issues at Community Hall, Stuff.co.nz
No BYO Could Spell the End for Alcohol at Rural Community Events,Stuff.co.nz
The Future of Many Community Halls Remain Bleak, Stuff.co.nz
Drivers Stopped for Donations, NZHerald.co.nz
Concern at threatened loss of Vogelmorn Hall, Wellington Scoop
Book measures: 245mm x 245mm x 23mm 1.65kg