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Stranger Than Fiction: The Life & Times of Split Enz (paperback)

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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

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

 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.






You can preview and buy the paperback edition from Amazon here:

Author: Mike Chunn

ISBN: 978-0994135940

paperback format

RRP NZ$24.99/US$19.99

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Paperback edition of Stranger Than Fiction now available

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Hurricane Press has published a revised and updated paperback edition of Mike Chunn’s wonderful Stranger Than Fiction, his personal story about New Zealand band Split Enz.

The 322-page paperback edition, released in April 2019, is available worldwide through Amazon, who also distribute an e-book version.

For more information, see Stranger Than Fiction (paperback edition) at Amazon.

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Our concerts book becomes a collector’s item with rock bands

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Our coffee table book LIVE: Gigs that rocked New Zealand has been a big hit with music fans but it’s also becoming a collector’s item for rock bands.

Members of the band Cheap Tricks – whose 1979 New Zealand concert features in the book – returned Down Under for an Australian tour in late 2018.

Guitarist Rick Nielsen was presented with a copy of LIVE by the US Ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown, who is also a fan of the collection of images and stories recalling half a century of concerts.

Wellington architect and musician Bruce Sedcole loves the book and has bought many copies to give to friends, including ambassador Brown. He’s now sending copies to Nielsen’s Cheap Tricks bandmates, all of whom have enjoyed reading it.

Click here for more about LIVE: Gigs that rocked New Zealand



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LIVE: Gigs that Rocked New Zealand

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by Bruce Jarvis and Josh Easby

Whether they played to a few hundred in a back bar or to 80,000 fans in a stadium, many of the world’s biggest music stars have performed in New Zealand.

This beautiful coffee table book celebrates 50 years of tours, concerts and one-off shows performed in New Zealand by our favourite acts.

From Johnny Cash in 1959 to today’s artists, this large format high quality book revives memories of shows that created history — The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Split Enz, Elton John and many more.

Weighing more than 2kg, the 288–page hardback book is arguably the boldest music book publishing project ever attempted in this country.

More than 50 photographers and 20 of the country’s best music writers have collaborated to bring together this amazing collection of images and stories about the best concerts in New Zealand over the past 50 years.

Photographers include Bruce Jarvis, Kent Blechynden, Murray Cammick, Garry Brandon and other concert specialists. We’ve also had access to private and public collections, including those at the Alexander Turnbull Library and at major newspapers.

Writers include Josh Easby, Phil Gifford, Russell Baillie, Graham Reid, Garth Cartwright, Bryan Staff and Murray Cammick, with contributions from musicians like Mike Chunn (Split Enz), Midge Marsden and Chris Parry (Music Hall of Fame inductee).

What the reviewers say

‘A volume that will have your ears ringing for days.’ — Russell Baillie, Entertainment Editor, New Zealand Herald

‘Spectacular… bloody brilliant, loved it!’ — book blogger Graham Beattie

‘This book is on a grand scale.’ — Tom Cardy, Entertainment Editor, Dominion Post

‘Some of the images belong in the rock photo hall of fame.’ — Chris Bourke, author of Blue Smoke, writing in The Listener

‘This coffee–table page–turner captures the magic.’ — Graham Reid, music writer, author and editor Elsewhere.co.nz

‘Brings them all back like a Beatle singing Yesterday.’ — Tommy Kapai, Bay of Plenty Times

‘Superb.’ — Grant Harding, Hawkes Bay Today

‘Dynamic photographs and memories.’Kia Ora Magazine

‘A stunning book, both visually and in its content.’ — Jillian Allison-Aitken, Southland Times

‘Awesome.’ — Sir’Vere, Rip It Up

‘Epic in its scope.’ — Piers Fuller, Wairarapa News

‘Looks great – an amazing compilation.’ – Neville Aitchison, Employment Today

‘Fantastic!’ — Maggie Barry, Radio Live

‘Stunning!’ — Robert Scott, The Breeze

‘Magnificent!’ — Noelle McCarthy, RNZ National

‘Fantastic!’ — Tim Gruar, Groove Wellington

‘Brilliant!’ — Charlotte Ryan, bfm Auckland

‘One of the best books to land on my desk for a long, long time. I love it.’ — Kerrie-Maree Adams, KMTV

‘I can confirm you have a hit on your hands.’ — Murray Lindsay, radio broadcaster

Bruce Jarvis

Bruce Jarvis

Josh Easby

Josh Easby








About the authors

Bruce Jarvis is New Zealand’s foremost rock photographer having recorded the visits of some of the world’s biggest acts during the 1970s and 1980s. Easby is a writer and editor who has been to more than 500 live concerts and festivals. Jarvis runs his own photography business while Easby manages Hurricane Press, an independent publisher.

Author: Bruce Jarvis and Josh Easby

ISBN: 978-0-9864522-6-0

Hardback, 288 pages

24.5cm x 33cm (portrait), weights 2kg

RRP NZ$89.99

For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.

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I’m With the Band

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by Mike Chunn, Jeremy Chunn and Barney Chunn

Whether you want to make a living from music or play for fun, this is the essential guide to the New Zealand music industry.

I’m With The Band explains everything you need to know from recording demos to signing contracts, from hiring a manager to protecting your music.

Key figures in the New Zealand industry – names like Neil Finn – share their inside knowledge and experiences to help everyone from the hobby band to the performer on the brink of discovery.

The talented Chunn family, led by Split Enz founding member Mike, combines to provide this unique insight into what it takes to forge a career in popular music.

What the reviewers say

‘This book is the real deal. I wish I had the chance to read it at the start of my career.’ – Dave Gibson, vocalist for Elemeno P.

‘Gives advice on every part of the musical process.’Salient magazine.

Mike Chunn

Mike Chunn

Barney Chunn

Barney Chunn









Jeremy Chunn

Jeremy Chunn

About the authors

The Chunn family are New Zealand music royalty – Mike 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.

Jeremy Chunn has played in bands in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. A journalist, he has written about music for Rolling Stone and other magazines.

Barney Chunn writes about music and performs original music with his band, The Tricks.

Author: Mike Chunn, Jeremy Chunn and Barney Chunn

ISBN: 978-0-9864684-6-9

Hardback, 192 pages

14cm x 21cm (portrait)

RRP NZ$29.99

For trade sales of this title, please contact Hurricane Press.