Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Studies in Popular Music serves as a comprehensive and thorough introduction to the history, sociology, and musicology of twentieth-century popular music of Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The volume consists of chapters by leading scholars of Australian and Aotearoan/New Zealand music, and covers the major figures, styles, and social contexts of pop music in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Each chapter provides adequate context so readers understand why the figure or genre under discussion is of lasting significance to Australian or Aotearoan/New Zealand popular music. The book first presents a general description of the history and background of popular music in these countries, followed by chapters that are organized into thematic sections: Place-Making and Music-Making; Rethinking the Musical Event; Musical Transformations: Decline and Renewal; and Global Sounds, Local Identity.

chapter |16 pages


This is My City: Reimagining Popular Music Down Under

part 1|39 pages

Place-Making and Music-Making

chapter 1|12 pages

Singing about the City

The Lyrical Construction of Perth

chapter 2|14 pages

The Phoenix and the Bootleg Sessions

A Canberra Venue for Local Music

chapter 3|11 pages

Lorde’s Auckland

Stepping Out of “the Bubble”

part 2|37 pages

Rethinking the Musical Event

chapter 5|12 pages

The “Dunedin Sound” Now

Contemporary Perspectives on Dunedin’s Musical Legacy

part 3|36 pages

Musical Transformations: Decline and Renewal

chapter 7|13 pages

Outside the Square

Songs for Christchurch in a Time of Earthquakes

chapter 8|10 pages

The Making and Remaking of Brisbane and Hobart

Music Scenes in Australia’s “Second-Tier” Cities

chapter 9|10 pages

Urban Melancholy

Tales from Wellington’s Music Scene

part 4|59 pages

Global Sounds, Local Identity

chapter 10|12 pages

Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land

An Examination of the Nexus Between the Southern Gospel Choir and the City of Hobart, Tasmania

chapter 11|10 pages

“I Rep for My Mob”

Blackfellas Rappin’ from Down-Unda 1

chapter 12|12 pages

Technomotor Cities

Adelaide, Detroit and the Electronic Music Pioneers

chapter 13|11 pages

Giving Back in Wellington

Deep Relations, Whakapapa and Reciprocity in Transnational Hip Hop

chapter 14|11 pages

The Music City

Australian Contexts

part |14 pages


chapter 15|13 pages

Site-ing the Sounds

Discovering Australia and New Zealand’s Popular Music in the United States

part |13 pages


chapter 16|11 pages

Negotiating Trans-Tasman Musical Identities

Conversations with Neil and Tim Finn