by Mike Chunn
In the early 1970s, a group of impoverished students formed a rock band in Auckland, New Zealand, and planned their assault on the world’s music charts.
For a decade Split Enz fought to be understood by audiences and music critics who often struggled to accept their madcap on-stage performances and innovative sounds.
Eventually, they found chart success in the UK, United States, Canada, Europe, Australia with hits like I Got You and with best-selling albums such as Mental Notes, Frenzy, True Colours, Waiata/Corroboree and Time and Tide.
At home, they remain New Zealand’s most successful rock band. The band launched the careers of its leader Tim Finn and brother Neil Finn who later formed the hugely-successful Crowded House. But success had its price for members of Split Enz and founding bass-player Mike Chunn shares his inside story of the band in this searingly honest account of the life and times of Split Enz.
What the reviewers say
‘I hate the term “must read” but it truly is a must read for devotees of the Enz and all things Judd and Finn. Even if you’re not specially an Enz fan, it is still a great book, very well written, and with Mike’s often surreal sense of humour punctuating the already fascinating story of the band.’ – DC Cartwell, Music You Can Feel
About the author
Mike Chunn, CNZM, is a founding member of Split Enz and Citizen Band, and has managed Sony Music Publishing, Mushroom Records and APRA and established the music charity Play It Strange.
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