Time to Make a Song and Dance: Cultural Revolt in Auckland in the 1960s by Murray Edmond


ISBN 978-0-9951268-6-2
360PP | 200mm x 140mm

The 1960s was a period of radical conflict, when the desire for a new, socially defiant freedom affected every aspect of NZ culture: theatre, the visual arts, Māori activism, rock ‘n roll, literature, feminism, NZ film, direct action, culminating in a series of bombings that rocked Auckland at the end of the decade.

Featuring figures such as Janet Frame, Tim Shadbolt, Barry Crump, Jean Watson, Hone Tūwhare, Carmen, Bob Lowry, Molly Macalister, Ronald Barker, Anna Hoffmann and the Bower Brothers, Time to Make a Song and Dance captures a spirit of revolt that swept over Auckland and Aotearoa, creating lasting changes to the boundaries of what was permissible.

Murray Edmond has written a richly detailed history of the volatile events and personalities at the heart of the time.

No one else could have written this book. I am utterly delighted it is being published. — John Newton

Edmond is a brilliant cultural historian. — Roger Horrocks



Dr Murray Edmond was Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Auckland for over 20 years. He has published 15 books of poetry, four of which were finalists in the NZ Book Awards. His critical study of Noh Theatre was published by Atelos Press in California in 2005, and the long poem ‘A Piece of Work’ was published by Tinfish Press in Hawai’i in 2002. He co-edited the anthology Big Smoke: New Zealand Poems 1960–1975 (AUP, 2000), and is the editor of the online journal of poetics Ka Mate Ka Ora: A New Zealand Journal of Poetry and Poetics.