Monday, October 29, 2012


Choosing 30 of the best Kiwi pop songs ever written was always going to be a tough call.
Provocative and passionate music critic Simon Sweetman has done just that and no doubt it will cause a lot of discussion as to what he included and what he left out.

Spanning the popular music scene from 1969 to the late 2000s, On Song enthuses about the iconic
songs that were great in their day – and that have withstood the test of time. Songs like Gutter Black,
Slice of Heaven, Victoria, How Bizarre, For Today,Don’t Dream It’s Over, as well as tracks by more
contemporary artists. Sweet riffs, refrains and lyrics that stir memories and transport us back to another
time, another place.
Sweetman spins the often untold stories behind the pop songs we know and love, and takes the reader on an engaging journey through our country’s eclectic pop music landscape.
Having interviewed the writers and performers of  many cherished Kiwi classics, Sweetman offers
fascinating insights into the back-stories behind each song. Each profile integrates the artists’ voices and personal ephemera, and is enhanced further by archival and commissioned photography. 

On Song | RRP $ 65.00 | Hardback | Penguin
Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics

About the author
Simon Sweetman is a freelance music writer. He is the popular music critic for the Dominion Post and writer of ‘Blog on the Tracks’, daily music musings for His work has also appeared in the New
Zealand Listener, North & South, Rip It Up, Sunday Star-Times, Herald on Sunday, Salient and The Package. He has provided comment for Radio New Zealand National, RadioLIVE, Newstalk ZB, Radio Active and TV One’s Good Morning programme. He lives in Wellington with his wife Katy and their son Oscar. On Song is his first book.

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