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Mercury Lane - Series One, Episode 13 Television (Full Length Episode) – 2001 Documentary Arts/Culture

Mercury Lane - Series One, Episode 13

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2001 Documentary Arts/Culture

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This 2001 Mercury Lane episode is based around pieces on author Maurice Shadbolt, and OMC producer Alan Jansson. With Shadbolt ailing from Alzheimer’s, Michelle Bracey surveys his life as an “unauthorised author” (Shadbolt would die in 2004). Next Colin Hogg reveals Jansson as the “invisible pop star” behind OMC hit ‘How Bizarre’ and more. The show is bookended by readings from Kiwi poets: Hone Tuwhare riffs on Miles Davis, Fleur Adcock reads the saucy Bed and Breakfast, and Alistair Te Ariki Campbell mourns a brother who fought for the Māori Battalion.

He can hear things that the rest of us can't necessarily hear: he's incredibly perceptive when it comes to pop music.
– Music veteran Simon Grigg on Alan Jansson