Graham Brazier At The Temple
from kiwi rock legends Hello Sailor
performs solo and acoustic
Saturday 28th July 9pm
Poetry from Michael Rudd
Headline act of the extremely successful Montana Poetry Day held at the Temple last Friday, Graham Brazier returns to grace us with his collection of original songs, intelligent covers and occasional verse.
The early years of Graham's life were spent in Balmoral where Mrs Brazier had (and still has) her bookshop. The family lived above the shop during Graham's years at Mt Roskill Grammar, which he found most unpleasant - the school, not the shop. There seemed to be three career options open. Sport, music or crime. All three were tried but the middle one, music, was to win out. At this time, through his mothers influence, Graham developed a life-time love of literature. Most especially American Underground and began collecting Evergreen Magazine, William Burroughs, Ferlanghetti, Gregory Corso, Norman Mailer etc. His first job upon leaving school at age 15 was importing American special order books for Whitcoulls. From here it was almost a natural progression to writing poetry and later songs.
Today Graham has a vast collection of what he calls - 'Middle American Literature', also a full collection of Landfill, everything written by James K Baxter and the representation of most New Zealand Poets.
Mid year 2001 is ticking along quite nicely for Brazier, with his first single from his new album recorded and being mixed for Wildlife (Murray Cammick). Alan Jansson and Graham are working on further tracks including a second single "East of Eden". Remembering nothing is set in stone in the NZ music industry (except the performers) the first single is due for release in September.