From Lilburn to Lorde

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From Lilburn to Lorde

New Zealand historian and popular music commentator, Chris Bourke, will take on the intellectual legacy of our most prolific and recorded composer, Douglas Lilburn in the 2015 Lilburn Lecture.

When Lilburn died in 2001 he left a legacy of music – and writing about music. He believed it was necessary that New Zealand have a music of its own, “that would satisfy us in ways that cannot be satisfied by the music of other nations.”

Bourke, the 2015 Lilburn Research Fellow at the Alexander Turnbull Library, won the New Zealand Post Book of the Year prize in 2011 for Blue Smoke: the Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, 1918-1964. He also wrote the biography Crowded House: Something So Strong (1997).

In this year’s lecture, which marks 100 years since Lilburn’s birth, Bourke will ask if popular music has met the composer’s challenge that New Zealand needs a music of its own.

Date and Time:
4th November 2015, 6.00pm

Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library of New Zealand, Corner Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington


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