I’ve been reading Nick Bollinger’s reviews for over 20 years. He’s been writing them for more than 30. Well, as I found out when I finally sat down to talk to him, he started publishing music reviews in his own newspapers and magazines at the age of 9 and 10. From there it was to a world of music – playing in bands like Rough Justice, The Windy City Strugglers and The Pelicans.
That musical coming of age is at the heart of his brand new memoir, Goneville – easily one of the finest books I’ve read this year.
For nearly 30 years Nick wrote for The Listener and for over 15 he has been the voice and heart and mind behind The Sampler, a flagship music feature of RNZ.
We talked all about these pursuits, focussing on the book and his time in the 70s and 80s with bands. We talk, too, about the nature of criticism with some “war stories” around interviewing and meeting certain heroes. It was my great pleasure to sit and talk with Nick Bollinger. He in fact has long been one of my heroes, a huge influence. I consider him New Zealand’s best music writer and one of my favourite writers – period. So I hope you like this conversation.
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I hope you like episode 42 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Nick Bollinger.