Nick Bollinger was just 18 when he went on the road with the band Rough Justice and its smoky-voiced, charismatic leader Rick Bryant. It was a journey that would last two years. It was the ’70s and pot was plentiful. Often, though, the band was short of other things: money, food, shelter, and petrol for its increasingly ramshackle, broken-down bus. In this award-winning memoir, one of New Zealand’s most respected music writers and broadcasters talks with complete candour about his unorthodox childhood, his obsession with music, the impact of a family tragedy, and the journey that would decide the course of his life. He also vividly portrays a divided country, set to shatter apart for a generation.
___________________________________ About the Author
Nick Bollinger is a music writer and broadcaster, and has played bass in many bands, from Rough Justice to the Windy City Strugglers. He worked as a postie and trained as a teacher before finding an outlet for his musical obsession as a journalist and critic. A music columnist for New Zealand Listener for over 20 years, since 2001 he has also written, produced and presented music review program The Sampler for Radio New Zealand National. He is the author of How to Listen to Pop Music and 100 Essential New Zealand Albums.