|Ref: NZMS 1214, Phil and an unknown friend dining in the early 1960s, Sir George Grey Special Collections.|
When he was 18 years old, Warren met with an Australian agent of Clef Records in an attempt to establish a New Zealand branch of the company. The agent was surprised to be met by such a young man but was happy to discover he knew Warren's parents from their light opera days. Soon Warren had secured the New Zealand agency deal and his impressive role in the entertainment industry had begun.
His show business career included importing records, releasing New Zealand musical acts, running a talent agency, organising touring circuits of coffee lounges and dance halls, promoting performances and being a regular judge on television talent shows.
|Ref: NZMS 1214, Phil Warren and Billy Bragg in the dressing room of the Galaxy, 1987, Sir George Grey Special Collections.|
|Ref: NZMS 1214, Prestige Records advertisement, 1959, Sir George Grey Special Collections.|
The manuscript includes a large amount of material concerning various musical figures and groups as well as items relating to Warren's time as an Auckland City Councillor. Items in the manuscript include photographs, business correspondence, personal notes, sound recordings and scrapbooks. Work is currently being carried out on the collection to give it a more complete and accessible order.
Author: Zoë Colling, Sir George Grey Special Collections