Wired for Sound: The Stebbing History of New Zealand Music

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Grant Gillanders and Robyn Welsh
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For the first time ever, discover the story behind the Stebbing recording legacy. From pioneering violins and 78 records, to the singers, songwriters, engineers and producers who have graced Stebbing's famous three recording studios.

Come inside the mid-1960s Galaxie nightclub, the evolution of the Zodiac record label and the Stebbing family's fearless response to industry politics, changing technologies and financial risk. This is the untold Stebbing story of resilience, enterprise and an ancestral restless spirit has underpinned the Stebbing family's generational legacy, from the pioneering days of recording in New Zealand to the digital age. Against a backdrop of New Zealand's vibrant social history, this 75-year-long story is about the bands, the artists, the singers, the songwriters, the engineers and the technical know-how that is uniquely Stebbings.

Richly-told and lavishly illustrated, this warts-and-all nostalgic read is told through the artists, the musicians, the bands, the songwriters, the engineers and the wider Stebbing family itself.

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    Posted by Christine Mintrom on 6th Dec 2019

    Wired For Sound is comprehensive & beautifully presented. It contains great photos - many never seen previously. It's easy to read. Owning a copy of this is essential for anyone interested in reading about the NZ music scene of the 60s & 70s (though it covers decades before & after).
    Christine Mintrom