There are theories about human evolution that explore how, when and why our ancestors started producing art. One of these theories posits that for a large part of our pre-history there was no such thing as art. Early Man’s main focus was survival so artistic expression and appreciation didn’t even register as a ‘thing’. We now know that early Man started cave painting 70,000+ years ago. Expression through art was a massive leap forward in our evolution and it must have started with a single person.More
In the main we are a much more tolerant society today when it comes to other people’s sexual orientation.
While there will always be an undercurrent of intolerance displayed by the less reconstructed members of our society, most of us are perfectly happy to accept relationships and sexual behaviours that are different to our own without the taint of prejudice.
What we can now see as part of the very fabric of our society has been won in relatively recent times however, with the 1970s now viewed as the point in time where the real push against sexual prejudice gained genuine momentum.More
There’s only a few times in my life that I’ve been lost for words and the first time I heard Flesh D-Vice was one of them.
Listening to them now still gives me goosebumps as I remember how impossibly chaotic and engaging their songs were. Sure, we’ve all heard more extreme music since, but in small town New Zealand during 1983 nothing was farther from the mainstream than the ‘Fleshies’.More
Pivotal places, moments and journeys. Our lives are filled with them although we are mostly unaware until after the fact. I was lucky enough as a kid in the mid 70’s to travel to Dunedin, a city in the South Island of New Zealand.
At the time Dunedin was home to some of the most important people in NZ (and arguably global) music, they just didn’t know it yet.More
New Zealand roughly has the population of Wales spread across a country the size of Great Britain so finding and engaging with people who are into the same things as you can be tricky (unless it’s Rugby!).
This means that the Kiwi music scene has always been a merry-go-round of band members as good people are hard to find, and no-one epitomises this more than Andrew Snoid.More