This story from regional news show Top Half celebrates the tenth birthday of music magazine Rip It Up. Aucklanders Murray Cammick and Alastair Dougal published the first copy in 1977 (just as punk hit the mainstream). By 1987 the free magazine had hit a circulation peak of 100,000 copies per month, its writers covering and reviewing local and international rock and pop music. Reporter Dylan Taite introduces the story with a 'Stayin' Alive' pavement strut to the 1956 Little Richard song that gave the magazine its name. Publisher Murray Cammick reflects on the mag becoming an established player in the Kiwi music scene.
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Thanks to Te Tumu Herenga – Libraries and Learning Services at The University of Auckland (Cultural Collections)
'Rip it Up' written by Robert Blackwell and John Marascalco, and performed by Little Richard