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...Also known as “the Maori Cowboy,” Johnny Cooper was a New Zealand country singer and guitarist who arguably introduced rock ‘n’ roll to his country. Cooper was born in 1928 in Wairoa, New Zealand. On his family farm, inspired...

Aotearoa/New Zealand: Maori and Pacific Islander Music

Tony Mitchell

Tony Mitchell is an honorary research associate at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Popular Music and Local Identity: Rock, Pop and Rap in Europe and Oceania (1994), editor of Global Noise: Rap and Hip hop outside the USA (2001), co-editor of North Meets South: Popular Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2004), Sounds of Then, Sounds of Now: Popular Music in Australia (2007), Home, Land and Sea: Situating Music in Aotearoa New Zealand (2011) Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Maori: 383,277 (2003); Pacific Islander: 150,150 (2003) From Hawaiian Combos to Acid Rock The native inhabitants of Aotearoa (‘the land of the long white cloud’), the Maori,...