A sharp left turn : notes on a life in music, from Split Enz to Play It Strange

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Chunn, Mike


Auckland : Allen & Unwin, New Zealand, p.388 (2019)



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Agoraphobia, Chunn, Mike, Rock musicians New Zealand biography, Split Enz (music group)


<p>"A rollicking yarn about the early days of ground-breaking band Split Enz, but also the powerful story of how Mike Chunn dealt with a crippling mental health issue and went on to become one of our most influential music identities. This is a gripping read that works on several levels: It's the sliding-door story of someone who might have become a world-famous pop star had he not suffered from agoraphobia. It's the story of a group of very young musicians trying to find their feet as a band in the late 70s and early 80s, and the associated euphoria and craziness of that life. It's Mike's story of finding out what agoraphobia is, learning how to cope with it and eventually finding a way through and going on to make a huge contribution to the New Zealand music industry. Told in Mike's own words, this is also a loving evocation of a 50s and 60s New Zealand childhood, and a beautifully written memoir that will resonate with many."--Publisher description.</p>