Entertainment

The good stuff on a great man

July 20, 2016
By
The good stuff on a great man

My impression of Sir Laurence Olivier is a sort of vague one of him playing Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, or declaiming Shakespeare effortlessly. Either that or I associate him with Vivien Leigh, to whom he was married for several years. Beyond that, I have a vague notion of theatrical greatness and, of course, legendary...

Read more »

Fascinating trip down memory lane of advertising

November 5, 2014
By
Fascinating trip down memory lane of advertising

Sell, by Hazel Phillips (Penguin, RRP $45): Advertising plays a big role in our memories of growing up and this book looks at how New Zealand’s advertising industry has grown up with us. Subtitled “tall tales from the legends of New Zealand advertising”, this is a look back at the history of advertising in...

Read more »

Well-tuned mix of Kiwi songs

March 3, 2014
By
Well-tuned mix of Kiwi songs

On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics, by Simon Sweetman (Penguin, RRP $65): Every song has a story to tell and New Zealand’s pop classics are full of great stories. Freelance music writer and Stuff blogger Simon Sweetman had the job of picking out 30 of the best Kiwi pop songs to feature...

Read more »

Fresh insight into gifted Cohen

November 25, 2013
By
Fresh insight into gifted Cohen

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen By Sylvie Simmons (Johnathan Cape, RRP $38): Leonard Cohen is many things to many people: a poet, a prophet, singer, songwriter, author, peacemaker and all-round good bloke. Cohen has been touring the world pretty much non-stop for the past couple of years and I have to...

Read more »

Memoir tells of turbulent past

March 28, 2012
By
Memoir tells of turbulent past

This is a Call: the life and times of Dave Grohl, by Paul Brannigan (HarperCollins, RRP $40): Back in 1990, when Dave Grohl joined a little-known band as the new drummer, few people would have expected the band was about to explode into the global phenomenon that was Nirvana. Grohl is a bloke who...

Read more »

Hard rocker plays it straight now

March 9, 2012
By
Hard rocker plays it straight now

No Regrets: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Memoir, by Ace Frehley, with Joe Layden and John Ostrosky (Simon & Schuster, RRP $40): You probably know the name better than you know the face. In fact, it’s safe to say that at the height of his career Ace Frehley could have walked down the street without...

Read more »

Author pronounces on happiness and stuff

February 28, 2012
By
Author pronounces on happiness and stuff

Seriously . . . I’m Kidding, by Ellen Degeneres (HarperCollins, RRP $40): I missed all the Ellen excitement when she first hit our screens back in the 1990s, because I worked nights and didn’t really watch a lot of television back then. Fast forward a decade or two and I’m now working days and...

Read more »

Pegg’s humour shines through

November 13, 2011
By
Pegg’s humour shines through

Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg (Century, RRP $39.99): Quirky British comedian Simon Pegg has tried his hand at writing and the result is an autobiography that feels like the perfect mix of professional overview and personal emotion. Pegg is one of those actors who seems to have the knack of being effortlessly funny....

Read more »

New insights but no juicy gossip

August 20, 2011
By
New insights but no juicy gossip

What Was I Thinking: A Memoir, by Paul Henry (Random House, RRP $40): There’s no denying personality Paul Henry has a knack for grabbing headlines and stirring controversy, but he also has a knack for being interesting. And funny – let’s not forget funny. Oh yes, I know it is not considered politically correct...

Read more »

Sleeping Dogs and other fine stories

January 15, 2011
By
Sleeping Dogs and other fine stories

Mune: An Autobiography, by Ian Mune (Craig Potton Publishing, RRP $49.99): Ian Mune is something of the elder statesman of acting here in New Zealand, with a pedigree that covers film, television and theatre. In this autobiography, the actor, writer and director tells the story of his career, which is also pretty much the...

Read more »

Currently reading

Strange Beautiful Excitement