Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Musical inspiration

Ref: Auckland City Council, the Beatles at the civic reception in front of the Auckland Town Hall, 1964, Auckland Libraries, 580-10702
On Monday 23 June, Mike Chunn from the NZ band Split Enz spoke at the Central City Library about the influence that the Beatles had on him. Like many other Aucklanders, the 1964 concert at the Auckland Town Hall was highly memorable and a very exciting chance for NZers to see the Fab Four in the flesh. For Mike, the influence was even greater and inspired him to pursue a career in the music business.

Ref: Auckland City Council, the Beatles at the civic reception in front of the Auckland Town Hall, 1964, Auckland Libraries, 580-10701
The Beatles played two nights in Auckland on the 24 and 25 June as part of their tour around NZ, also playing gigs at Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Described as "the moment that young New Zealand plugged into an international youth culture", just like the rest of the world, Beatlemania hit NZ in a big way.

Ref: Auckland City Council, the Beatles receive a Maori welcome at the civic reception in front of the Auckland Town Hall, 1964, Auckland Libraries, 580-10703
Who are your musical influences and what sort of instrument do they inspire you to play? Perhaps this post showing musical heritage images from Auckland Libraries will inspire you to pick up a new musical instrument or to rekindle a love for an instrument that you used to play.

Ref: Clifton Firth, montage of people & musical instruments, no location, no date, Auckland Libraries, 34-Z263
Wind instruments:

Ref: Clifton Firth, montage of people and musical instruments, no location, c. 1940-1949, Auckland Libraries, 34-S536C
Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Pascoe group, no location, c. 1910-1919, Auckland Libraries, 31-71009
Strings:

Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Mr Crosey, no location, no date, Auckland Libraries, 31-73351
Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Engel musicians group, no location, c. 1920-1929, Auckland Libraries, 31-WP938
Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Mr S Miller, no location, no date, Auckland Libraries, 31-73623
Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Verbruggen musical group, no location, c. 1920-1929, Auckland Libraries, 31-WP1465
Percussion:

Ref: Herman John Schmidt, Mr Blakey, no location, no date, Auckland Libraries, 31-73273
Ref: Auckland Weekly News, a Rarotongan band plays during the welcome ceremony for the Vice Regal visit to Rarotonga, Cook Island, 1914, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140709-51-4

Author: Natasha Barrett (NB)

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