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Versions Translations is the result of work on the short European poem, especially the sonnet. It has been published with a magnificent cloth binding (left), from Kilmog Press, PO Box 1562, Dunedin.

Utopia Rag, novel, takes a look at 20th century New Zealand, its involvement in two world wars, its fascination with arms, and its pop culture. ISBN: 0-9582534-7-1.

The Ballad of Rue Belliard, is an experimental tragi--comedy set on the periphery of Paris. It filled #48 of the subscription journal brief.

Some responses:
To Wormwood -- “Entropy and death read as metaphors for the implosion of post-war Europe and the failure of capitalism.”[1]
To Song of the Brakeman -- “a vividly conceived world here, manifesting slowly and brilliantly through its accumulating signs”.[2]

photo by © Ian Laughlin

The Bilders are groups of various musicians and friends, known for their live approach to music making and a recording style that has produced “many genuine classic compositions".

Dix, John
Stranded in Paradise

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Hot News
SmartGuy release a Bilders 7" e.p., two studio recordings and a live extract. The 'a' side is a wild situationist exposé of recent damn fool world events; the 'b' has an appealing ballad plus a live extract from the European tour.

Bilders started the year in Dunedin with a one-off Robbie Yeats (Dead C, drums) & Greig Bainbridge (bass). A memorable gig. Bill played solo at The Wine Cellar, Auckland, presented many songs only previously performed in theatre or cabaret situations. The latest Bilders album with Hamish Kilgour, David Watson (bagpipes, 335) and Miggy Littleton has pleased many ears. (Grapefruit Records).

Unwucht's 12" re-releases have been admired for their careful quality production, bringing the very best out of archival recordings. A Democracy bootleg of live recordings 1982-83 has been snatched up. Two Siltbreeze Vacuum 7 inches generated some interest in in the USA.


Bilders video by John Morrison


1. Virginia Were, NZ Listener, 23 June 1997
2. Jen Crawford, Landfall 214, November 2007

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