9 Dec 2006

Pretty Things Down Under

Make sure you've got your seatbelt buckled because we're taking a wild ride back to 1965, when visiting British band The Pretty Things apparently threatened to tear apart the moral fabric of our sleepy, isolated nation.

By the time they toured New Zealand in August 1965, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had already attempted to lower the tone, but they couldn't prepare the land of the long white snore for the mayhem created by England's most unruly group yet.

This tour has become international rock folklore and is now immortalised in a comprehensive book by local rock aficionado John Baker, ex-pat music journalist Andy Neill and American Pretty Things expert Mike Stax.

Andrew Clifford tracks down witnesses and perpetrators, and talks to the authors about what got New Zealand so shook up.