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Kiwi rock is a term used informally to describe New Zealand rock music and the culture surrounding rock music in New Zealand.

1950s

The first Rock'n'Roll record recorded outside the US was Johnny Cooper's recording of Rock Around The Clock for HMV in the mid 1950s. The first rock'n'roll hit by a New Zealander was Johnny Devlin's hit Lawdy Miss Clawdy, which is reputed to have sold 100,000 copies for Phil Warren's Prestige label in 1959-60.

1960s

Throughout the 60s strong rock scenes developed throughout NZ and there were hundreds of bands playing and many NZ acts charted. Amongst the key acts were Max Merritt & The Meteors, The La De Das, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Fourmyula, and Larry's Rebels.

1970s

Some of the more influential bands in the 1970s were Th'Dudes (whose guitarist Dave Dobbyn formed DD Smash in the 1980s), Dragon, Hello Sailor and Split Enz, fronted by Tim Finn, and later, his brother Neil Finn who went on to form Crowded House.

The global punk rock movement had a huge impact in New Zealand in the late 1970s with the most important bands being The Suburban Reptiles and The Enemy.

1980s

The 1980s saw the emergence the indie labels led by......
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