Songbooks at Te Awe

Calling all musicians and aficionados of musical theatre! Did you know that we have a collection of Songbooks at our newest Central City branch, Te Awe Library on Brandon Street?

Before Central closed, it was home to a large collection of Songbooks and music Scores. These are all now available to reserve from our warehouse. But if you would like to browse some Songbooks in person, you can find them upstairs at Te Awe, nestled amongst the CD collection, and next to the music magazines. There is a great selection of songs held there including, rock, pop, standards, musicals, folk, and movie songs, with instructions for piano, vocal and guitar.

You can find our Te Awe branch just off Lambton Quay at 29 Brandon Street, or you can enter from Panama Street. In addition to the Songbooks and CDs upstairs, you will find young adult books, non-fiction and Māori books, DVDs and Blu-ray. On the ground floor there are magazines, a children’s area, adult fiction, large print, audiobooks, bestsellers, and a café! So take a look today!

Looking for ideas for your K-pop performance video?


Find inspiration and brainstorming techniques on how to generate creative music by browsing through a fun collection of Korean K-pop featuring talented singers and cool, high energy performances.

Take a look at a fabulous K-Pop music selection showcasing Korea’s high-energy pop music by famous groups and singers at the Wellington Central Library.
Just visit the Korean Corner Collection on the First Floor, or ask at the Music section on the Ground Floor.

You can now enter the K-pop World Festival 2015 and make it to the top of the K-pop music world!
For information contact the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Wellington. You could even win a trip to Korea. Wow!

Check out this eclectic selection of K-Pop music listed below to get you started and read about the history of the Korean Popular culture. Have fun!

kpop-rootsK-pop : roots and blossoming of Korean popular music / Kim Chang Nam.

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CNBLUEFirst step : CNBLUE, the 1st album.
Performers are:Jung Yong-hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong-hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min-hyuk (drums, vocals).

‘Includes booklet with lyrics (in Korean) and colour photographs of the performers.’

Image from first album : to anyone.
‘Take a look at the booklet with lyrics (in Korean) and colour photographs of the performers.’

Syndetics book coverThe Korean wave : Korean media go global / edited by Youna Kim.
“Since the late 1990s South Korea has emerged as a new center for the production of transnational popular culture – the first instance of a major global circulation of Korean popular culture in history. Why popular (or not)? Why now? What does it mean socially, culturally and politically in a global context? This edited collection considers the Korean Wave in a global digital age and addresses the social, cultural and political implications in their complexity and paradox within the contexts of global inequalities and uneven power structures. The emerging consequences at multiple levels – both macro structures and micro processes that influence media production, distribution, representation and consumption – deserve to be analyzed and explored fully in an increasingly global media environment. This book argues for the Korean Wave’s double capacity in the creation of new and complex spaces of identity that are both enabling and disabling cultural diversity in a digital cosmopolitan world.” The Korean Wave” combines theoretical perspectives with grounded case studies in an up-to-date and accessible volume ideal for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Media and Communications, Cultural Studies, Korean Studies and Asian Studies.” (Syndetics summary)