Chris Bourke is a writer, journalist, editor and radio producer. He has been arts & books editor at the NZ Listener, editor of Rip It Up and Real Groove, and producer of Radio NZ's Saturday Morning with Kim Hill and John Campbell. He wrote the best-selling, definitive biography of Crowded House, Something So Strong (1997) and received a National Library Fellowship to write Blue Smoke.
"Bourke was the perfect man to write this book. He's a musician himself, and a seasoned journalist . . . he's a music fan who digs deep . . . He's a cultural historian with an ear for a great tune." --Sunday Star Times