Stranded in Paradise
(the original classic)
Stranded in Paradise,
first released in December 1988, quickly sold out its first print run of 9000 and
has remained largely unavailable since. However a delux, hard cover, case-bound limited edition
of 1000 copies was withheld from market. The remaining copies of
that limited first edition are now out of
"You can't really write about rock 'n roll you have to listen to it and live it. Well that's what I did," John Dix, March 2004, interview with Keith Newman for Musical Chairs, Radio New Zealand.
A 21st century re-write of Stranded was released in October 2005 by Penguin to coincide with the 59th anniversary of rock 'n roll (Below: John Dix signs the new version for Bruno Lawrence's sister).
"From cover to cover, the good times and the bad, the
drugs, the busts, the bust-ups, break downs, rip offs and cock-ups of
rock 'n roll life and times were chronicled, and in Dix's easy, writing
style, the weighty tome quickly became essential reading...Today Stranded
in Paradise Volume One is considered a classic and a collectors item.
Secondhand book shops shamelessly flog copies off - there were 10,000
printed - for up to $200 a pop," Judith Baragwanath, Sunday magazine,
Caption: A series of eight outdoor concerts were planned under the title Kiwi Rock: Stranded in Paradise, celebrating 35 years of New Zealand rock 'n roll. It was to feature everyone from Johnny Cooper and Johnny Devlin to the Flying Nun bands. It had to be cancelled after the first concert as only a few hundred people turned up largely due to a free Kiri Te Kanawa concert the next night.
|"The book we've all been waiting for. Not only a definitive history of
Kiwi Rock ' n Roll - but a sharp, funny, affectionate insight into the whole crazy
business," - Colin Hogg, Auckland Star.
An encyclopedic, entertaining work, full of stories of heartbreak and heroism, of long forgotten bands and songs, but the period details and cautionary tales make it a very readable history. Stranded in Paradise has given us our musical heritage" - Chris Bourke, NZ Listener.
"Arguably the most authoratitive and comprehensible guide to NZ rock music. It is difficult not to use superlatives when describing this book," - Max Christofferson, Waikato Times.
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Kiwi Music gallery and links
Human Instinct the cult Kiwi band plus The Legend of Jesse Harper
Billy T K official Billy T K website Evan Silva Kiwi Motown man
Gav Collinge: Composer, guitarist, solo performer
Mahia Blackmore: rhythm ' n blues Tony Littlejohn: tight funk-reggae
Scoop de Loop recording studio
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