This conversation is me chatting with the journalist, TV producer, critic and an early writing hero of mine, Colin Hogg.
This was my first time meeting Colin, but I met his words many years ago. He’s close to celebrating 50 years in the game as a writer, first as a newspaper man, and then as one of the country’s best known rock critics. From there it was to TV work – as writer and producer and director and to documentaries about quintessential Kiwis such as Sam Hunt, Barry Crump and Split Enz. There were TV shows celebrating our culture too, talk shows, programs about books even! And he’s the writer of around a dozen books – with a brand new one due out later this year and so many in the can. Including one of my all-time favourites, a travelogue-memoir tour diary with Sam Hunt called Angel Gear. (Check out some of his TV/film credits here).
Colin and I sat and talked through his extraordinary tales – his lengthy careers doing everything from on-set wrangling to writing a column for Women’s Weekly, his on again/off again columns make him one of the longest running contributors to that magazine.
And then there are the rock’n’roll tales, death threats for gig reviews, meeting Neil Young, living in England and in various places around New Zealand. Buckle up for this one. I loved this chat and can’t wait to have Colin back for round two.
He’s a surviving and prolific freelance writer, and one of my first local writing heroes.
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