Gone but not forgotten

…And you will know us by the trail of the dead URLs

Perusing through what is affectionately known as the dead URL spreadsheet, a growing gravesite of websites from days gone by, it’s hard not to notice that many are music related.

There’s a treasure trove of old band websites, label sites, gig guides, forums, online magazines and festival sites that are no longer live, but have been archived by the Turnbull Library, and are now enjoying a peaceful retirement in the New Zealand Web Archive.

While there are too many to go into detail over in this blog post, I’ve selected a few of my favourites below. Maybe you remember them, or maybe they were gone before you got a chance to interact with them, but rest assured they will live on in the NDHA!


Wildside Records

Screenshot of the homepage of Wildside Records

Iconic independent record label Wildside was owned and run by former Rip it Up magazine editor and all round NZ music guru Murray Cammick, and included a who’s who of NZ indie musicians and bands: Head Like A Hole, Bailterspace, Graham Brazier and Shihad to name a few. The website, last seen online in 2010, was harvested by the Library in 2007 and 2009 and includes a wealth of information including artist biographies, tour stories, photos and an extensive discography.


Ragamuffin Children

Screenshot of the homepage of Ragamuffin Children

Ragamuffin Children are Brook Singer and Anita Clark, two talented musicians who write ethereal alt-folk music, or in their words, "Tea-folk". This website was briefly active from 2008 to 2009 and was harvested by us in 2009. It’s a good example of many of the fleeting websites from bands and musicians that we harvest. It includes a biography, albums, posters and tour pictures, as well as a news section and blog that provide insights into the life of recording and touring.


Auckland Live Music

Screenshot of the homepage of Auckland Live Music

This website posted reviews of local and touring acts and original photography of live shows. Written by volunteer contributors it also included reviews of local releases, and interviews with local and touring musicians. It’s a great snapshot of the live music scene at the time. The edition we have is from 2009, shortly before it went offline. We also archived its sister site Wellington Live Music in both 2009 and 2010.


NZRave.com

Screenshot of the homepage of NZRave

NZRave was a dance music site that documented rave culture in NZ from about 2005 until it went offline in 2011. This is an extensive resource with hundreds of pages of news, articles, interviews, and of course photos – including some that aren’t so flattering! It’s a great insight into a specific music subculture, and also includes a range of forums and user generated content.

By Sholto Duncan

Sholto is a Web Archivist, responsible for locating and collecting digital music and other music-related digital media.

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