Jumping Sundays: Nick Bollinger in interview Part Two

Welcome to the second exclusive video of our recent interview with Nick Bollinger, talking about his new book Jumping Sundays.

In this second part, Nick talks about the influence of drugs on the counterculture, the importance of music to the movement, how his own youth was intertwined with the counterculture and why the weekly gatherings at Albert Park in Auckland are regarded as the real birth of the counterculture in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Nick will be known to many as the presenter of the music review programme The Sampler on Radio New Zealand. He has also written several books, including his fabulous coming of age musical memoir Goneville, How to Listen to Pop Music and 100 Essential New Zealand Albums.

Nick has also been part of many iconic New Zealand bands such as Rough Justice, Ducks, Pelicans, and Living Daylights, as well as Wellington’s iconic Windy City Strugglers, not to mention a distinguished career as one of NZ’s most successful rock journalists and reviewers.

This interview also showcases some of the wonderful images from that time, selected from our collection of Ans Westra photos.

The resulting interview (which we have had to split into two parts) is wide-ranging, covering the major seismic changes in culture and society at the time at almost every level. Some adult themes are covered such as sex, drugs, and rock n roll! Our  heartfelt thanks to Nick  for taking time out of his busy schedule and for such a fabulous, fascinating, and informative interview. Check out Part One of the interview here.

Wellington City Libraries wishes to thank and acknowledge Ans Westra and her agent, {Suite} Gallery for allowing us to digitise our collection of her work some of which is used in this film. Please note that the  images are under copyright to the photographer.  

View more of Ans Westra’s work on Wellington City Recollect here.


Jumping Sundays : the rise and fall of the counterculture in Aotearoa New Zealand / Bollinger, Nick
“A remarkable story of beards and bombs, freaks and firebrands, self-destruction and self-realisation, during the 1960s and ’70s .” (Adapted from Catalogue) Also available as an eBook.



Goneville : a memoir / Bollinger, Nick
“Goneville is at once a coming-of-age memoir and an intimate look at the evolving music scene in 1970s New Zealand. It show how this music intersected – sometimes violently – with the prevailing culture, in which real men played rugby, not rock. Nick Bollinger draws on his own experiences and also seeks out key figures and unsung heroes to reflect on the hard, often thankless and occasionally joyous life of the career musician.” (Adapted from Catalogue) Also available as an eBook.

100 essential New Zealand albums / Bollinger, Nick
“Compiled by one of New Zealand’s most popular music columnists, this listing will delight pop music fans everywhere. The choices included cover a broad range and present an eclectic taste. Each entry is accompanied by some of the most entertaining writing about music and musicians, ranging from personal accounts of youthful encounters with music legends as well as passionate responses to renowned albums. Guaranteed to surprise and intrigue, this reference is a must-have for all music lovers.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

How to listen to pop music / Bollinger, Nick
“This comprehensive and illuminating guide explores the entire spectrum of pop music, from Beatlemania and the long-playing record to Eminem and the iPod.” (Adapted from Catalogue) Also available as an eBook.