Bateman Publishing

Time to Make a Song and Dance: Cultural Revolt in Auckland in the 1960s

Murray Edmond


Dimensions: 140 x 200 mm

360 pp

ISBN 9780995126862

The 1960s was a period of radical conflict, when the desire for a new, socially defiant freedom affected every aspect of NZ culture: theatre, the visual arts, Maori activism, rock ‘n roll, literature, feminism, NZ film, direct action, culminating in a series of bombings that rocked Auckland at the end of the decade.

Featuring figures such as Janet Frame, Tim Shadbolt, Barry Crump, Jean Watson, Hone Tuwhare, Carmen, Bob Lowry, Molly Macalister, Ronald Barker, Anna Hoffmann and the Bower Brothers, Time to Make a Song and Dance captures a spirit of revolt that swept over Auckland and Aotearoa, creating lasting changes to the boundaries of what was permissible.

Murray Edmond has written a richly detailed history of the volatile events and personalities at the heart of the time.

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Artist Statement

Murray Edmond is a poet, playwright, theatre director, editor, academic and critic. He was active in experimental theatre companies in the 1970s and 1980s. Since 1997 he has been the Dramaturge for Indian Ink Theatre Company. He has published 14 books of poetry and a book of novellas. In 2014, Atuanui Press published a volume of his critical writing. From 1985 to 2014, he taught Drama at the University of Auckland, where he was an Associate Professor. He edits the on-line journal Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics. He has been a finalist four times in the poetry section of the New Zealand book awards. He lives in Glen Eden, Auckland.