Vinyl: Celebrating records and record labels

While we’re celebrating music for Record Store Day, it is worth highlighting related stuff in the Christchurch City Libraries collection. Check out our new booklist on Records and record labels (coming out this year is the much-anticipated book In Love With These Times: the Flying Nun Story by Roger Shepherd on New Zealand’s own seminal record label).

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Kevin Hill’s Christchurch music images are a treasure trove. Read his book Visual memories, Audioculture’s article Where did all those cool guys go? Kevin Hill’s photos of Christchurch rock bands 1968-1980 and see his Flickr page on Christchurch rock bands.

Christchurch Music Shop - July 1975. Photo by Kevin Hill. Kete Christchurch Kevin_Hill-Christchurch_Music_Shop_1975-141.jpg
Christchurch Music Shop – July 1975. Photo by Kevin Hill. Kete Christchurch Kevin_Hill-Christchurch_Music_Shop_1975-141.jpg

The Nostalgia Black hole has some interesting info:

Once upon a time the Christchurch City Libraries did a roaring trade in loaning records – here’s a bit of a potted history of Sound recordings at Canterbury Public Library:

The lending of 7, 10 and 12 inch vinyl sound recordings began in September 1955, with a collection of 542. It consisted of “major orchestral works, chamber music, complete operas, vocal extracts from operas, full-length performances of dramas, and certain classics from the light opera and musical comedy field”, together with “a small collection of high grade recordings of first rate jazz orchestras and artists”. There was a charge of 2/6 a week for single discs and a sliding schedule for records in sets which made for a lower per disc charge for these. Twenty years later, the stock totalled 7,471, with an average of 37 added each month. Over the first year of operation issues averaged 544 a month; twenty years on it was 602. A total of 132,500 issues had been made to the end of 1975. The first stereo recordings were bought in October 1960, the first cassettes in January 1974, and the first compact discs in late 1985. The main problem in earlier years was distance from the source of supply. Soon after the commencement of the collection, import restrictions were imposed and, despite approaches to the Government by individual libraries, the New Zealand Library Association and record retailers, this situation lasted for over 25 years. The Library had a licence to import $500 worth of recordings but that didn’t go very far. There was not one good record shop in the city until the mid 1970s. Standard works were often unobtainable in these years, or took a long time. E.g, it took six years to get the first set of Bach’s Wohltemperierte Klavier and four to get Ravel’s L’heure espagnole.

See #VinylVaultFriday tweets highlighting the LPs in our collection.

More music info

Kim, Shirley Library

Record Store Day – Saturday 16 April 2016

2016 marks the 9th year of Record Store Day around the world – it’s a celebration of the culture and communities of independently run record stores. We’ve done a blog post about some great vinyl-related stuff, and a booklist of records and record labels.

Here’s our listing of Christchurch events and stuff of interest to music lovers, vinylistas, and LPistos:

Canterbury Museum

Want to see how your LPs, and EPs get made? There will be a special vinyl record cutting event on Friday 15 April at 12pm at the Canterbury Museum as part of their Exhibition “Alternative Radio: RDU98.5FM since 1976”

James Meharry from In Real Life Vinyl Mastering records special RDU selections direct to disc in a unique performance. Cutting for RDU, each session will see a double A-side 7” selected by the music director, mastered and cut to vinyl live in a special custom studio built for the vinyl lathe.

Galaxy Records

On Saturday 16 April, Galaxy Records (next to the Darkroom in Tuam Street) will be hosting Mixtape Connection vs. The Rest Home Massive on Saturday! The Mixtape & Rest Home DJs battle it out at. There will be special Record Store Day releases & goodies! Featuring on the decks: Pinacolada Soundsystem, Dr. Hitchcock, Missy G & Skew-whiff. See the Facebook event for more info.

Galaxy Records - RSD 2015
Galaxy Records – RSD 2015

Penny Lane Records

Penny Lane Records are celebrating Record Store Day Saturday 16 AND Sunday 17 April by offering super duper discount deals.

Penny Lane, RSD 2015
Penny Lane, RSD 2015

Sadhana Surfboards

I recently stumbled across second-hand records at Sadhana Surfboards at the Tannery in Woolston. They are celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday 16th with Fraser Ross & the Felt Tips playing live instore at 1:00pm. DJs from 11:30am to 4:00pm.. Limited Edition 7″, 10″ & 12″ Record Store Day Releases!

Sadhana Surfboards

Get along and support record stores – and vinyl events – across Christchurch and New Zealand.

Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015
Bad Evil performing at Galaxy Records, RSD 2015

Upcoming music events in Christchurch

Anika Moa at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

Anika Moa, who is performing music from her album Songs for Bubbas 2 at Slow Boat Records in Wellington for Record Store Day is making her way down to Christchurch on Friday 22nd April and 23rd April. Get along with your tamariki to the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Saturday 23 April 10:30am for her children’s concert.

NZ Music Month

Explore the NZ Music Month May events at libraries.

More on Record Store Day

Garry Knight of Penny Lane Records (in Sydenham and Eastgate Mall) says:

Record Store Day is all about celebrating the independent record store. Up against the big chains and online outlets it can be difficult to get exposure for the work that is done sourcing the hard to find product across all formats that people may not know we carry in store. Increasingly people want the tactile, flicking through bins to find treasures, experience. Retro items have become more interesting and desirable across a very broad age group, especially the vinyl records, and we are seeing a huge increase in younger people frequenting the stores again.

Dave Imlay, who runs Galaxy Records, thinks:

Record Store Day is a chance for music fans to get together in a record store, exchange ideas and share their love of music.

Southbound Records (Auckland) have produced a short video inside their shop expressing the enduring appeal of records and record shops and their love of the vinyl format. It features music by Delaney Davidson and Tami Neilson.

For more music, explore our page of music resources.

Kim, Shirley Library

First National Council of Women, Christchurch, 1896

National Council of Women, Christchurch. Ref: 1/2-041798-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.
National Council of Women, Christchurch. Ref: 1/2-041798-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Looking at this photo makes me very grateful that I wasn’t born any earlier –  these Victorian clothes look so hot, so uncomfortable, and as for those fussy caps! Ugh!

But what these women are wearing is about the least important part of the  photograph – this is the first National Council of Women, meeting in Christchurch 13-18 April 1896.  It was a world first – a national meeting of women who could vote in parliamentary elections.

Their aim was to ‘unite all organised Societies of Women for mutual counsel and co-operation, and in the attainment of justice and freedom for women, and for all that makes for the good of humanity’.

Many were veterans of the battle to gain women’s right to vote – Kate Sheppard (seated 5th from the left) – which was passed into law three years earlier, while others – such as Annie Schnackenberg (seated on Kate’s left) – were also involved in the temperance movement. Kate Sheppard was voted in as the first President of the Council.

Over the course of six days they passed a number of resolutions including:

Kate Sheppard Memorial
Kate Sheppard Memorial, Flickr CCL-KateSheppard-2010-08-24-IMG_1863
  • the need for minimum wages
  • the conditions of divorce for man and women be made equal
  • the private ownership of large tracts of land, and these kept locked up by absentees, is a wrong inflicted on the people, and is detrimental to progress
  • the abolition of capital punishment
  • the continuation of the present system of free, compulsory, and secular education, and the expansion of technical education
  • that women be eligible to serve on all juries
  • a system of Old Age Pensions, or Annuities, should be established


The National Council of Women of New Zealand Te Kaunihera Wahine o Aotearoa is still active, still needed, continuing the good fight for pay equity, extending paid parental leave, ending discrimination against women.

Further reading

Cover of A history of New Zealand women Cover of Maori and Aboriginal women in the public eye Cover of Kiwi rock chicks, pop stars & trailblazersCover of Golden girls Cover of Inside stories Cover of Ettie Rout

Literature, culture, economics, and history anyone?

KTT Four into the eResource foldWho doesn’t like something new? These four wee beauties are online portals to authoritative information about a huge range of subjects. They were on trial and were popular enough to be made permanent residents of our collection. So from now on, you can access:

The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2012The Economist has been highly regarded for providing independent global, economic and political analysis since its first publication in 1843. More content will continue to be added;

Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC to reproduce and expand on the content of its broadcast and television talks. It is regarded as the premier cultural studies magazine of the mid-20th century;

TLS_Cover_Septembe_1074419a (194x250).jpgThe Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902-2010 – (TLS) is the world’s leading newspaper for cultural studies. It offers comprehensive coverage of the most important publications as well as reviewing theatre, cinema, music and exhibitions;

19th Century UK Periodicals – a collection of often rare online British magazines, journals and specialty newspapers that aim to provide an in-depth view of life in the Victorian age.

All of these eResources are accessible from home or in libraries and can be searched individually or as part of the wider content included in Gale NewsVault.

So if you are looking for a answer to a query or feel like reading something informative and interesting then these newbies are a great place to start.