The Blerta Years

Part 1- BLERTA is coming

In the summer of 1971 the nation was plastered with brightly coloured posters announcing 'BLERTA is coming'; who or what BLERTA was remained unclear until an antique bus covered in psychedelic images and an entourage of up to 50 minstrels and multimedia pioneers trundled into town.

It was 35-years ago that BLERTA (Bruno Lawrence's Electric Revelation and Travelling Apparition), set off down the highways and by-ways of culturally challenged New Zealand with their own brand of theatrical rock and legendary kids shows.

  • Part 1 - BLERTA is coming ( 19′ 55″ )

    09:01 In the summer of 1971 the nation was plastered with brightly coloured posters announcing 'BLERTA is coming'; who or what BLERTA was remained unclear until an antique bus covered in psychedelic images and an entourage of up to 50 minstrels and multimedia pioneers trundled into town.

Voices in this programme: Producer/presenter Keith Newman, Veronica Lawrence, Corben Simpson, Tony Littlejohn, Bill Gruer, Geoff Murphy, Kemp Turirangi, Beverly Morrison A.K.A. Beaver.

BLERTA kids show at Pukekura Park
BLERTA kids show at Pukekura Park, New Plymouth on the first North Island tour, 1972. Corben Simpson (vocals), Bruno Lawrence (drums), Alan Moon (hammond organ), Beaver vocals and Chris Seresin keyboards. Photo by Helen Whiteford.