100 NZ Pop Culture Stories, by Mitchell Hawes with introduction by Rhys Darby (Random House, RRP $26.99):
We might not have the rich cultural traditions of some of the older countries out there but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a culture of our own.
We don’t have blokes wearing big fluffy hats prancing about the show outside a palace, we don’t have blokes in tartan skirts flinging their bits and we certainly don’t have the whole nation sitting on the edge of their collective seats in anticipation of whether or not some silly little rodent will see his own shadow (no offence Punxsutawney Phil).
Our traditions are more entertaining, more tasteful, more well, pop culture-ish.
This little book celebrates all that is great about New Zealand’s pop culture, revisiting the tales that have captured our hearts and inflamed our passions over the years.
You’ll find everything from “Bring Back Buck” and Sam Hunt to Bluelight Discos and the Beehive.
It’s a great little walk down memory lane for those of us over the age of 40 and will probably be a hilarious read for the younger market as well.
If for no other reason, to simply poke the borax at what us oldies got up to.