Gary Steel

Gary Steel has been writing about music since 1978, and is the former editor of seminal publications In Touch, Tom, and RTR Countdown. He also owned the Beautiful Music CD store. Gary was was born in Auckland in 1959 but fortunately grew up in Hamilton.

Nov 22, 2020

Rave under Takaka stars: Remembering the trip that was The Gathering

Before Splore, there was a South Island music festival that celebrated 'unity through diversity' at the turn of the millennium.

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Jan 10, 2017

Endless Summer: Brian Wilson vs Mike Love in the battle for the Beach Boys' soul

It's summer, so here are the Beach Boys, squabbling and telling-all in two new memoirs.

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Jun 14, 2016

Flying Nun: In love with the sound of their own voice, more like

Roger Shepherd's memoir as the founder of Flying Nun has shot to number one on the Unity bestseller list in both Auckland and Wellington. But what's the truth about the label that "celebrates itself"? Gary Steel assesses Flying Nun's jangly, droning heritage.

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