The Empire City: Songs of Wellington

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Pirate & Queen, 2016 - Art - 62 pages
The Empire City traces the history of Wellington, from the middle of the 19th Century till the present day. Stories are told through song, text, paintings and photographs and offer a creative insight into the history of life in the capital city. The book includes a CD with original songs by Andrew Laking, and features a number of exceptional guest artists including Bret McKenzie (Flight of the Conchords), Riki Gooch (Crowded House), and Toby Laing (Fat Freddy's Drop). The songs are given context by historical notes and illuminated through a number of previously unseen archival photos, and over 20 new paintings by Bob Kerr.

About the author (2016)

Andrew Laking graduated from Victoria University with a degree in political science before pursuing a career in music at the Wellington Polytechnic Jazz Conservatorium (now part of the New Zealand School of Music). He lived in Ireland for a decade, in which time he signed with American label Compass Records, releasing five albums and performing in over 1500 cities worldwide.

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