Current JD Stout Fellow

Meet our current JD Stout Fellow and find out more about their research project.

Nick Bollinger

JD Stout Fellow 2021

Nick Bollinger took up his appointment at the Stout Research Centre on 1 March 2021. He is researching the counterculture in New Zealand between 1960 and 1975, towards a book to be delivered for publication in late 2021.

‘Counterculture’ is a term coined in the 1960s to identify a diverse collection of groups and individuals whose broad goal was to transform society or establish an alternative one. The counterculture challenged accepted attitudes to sex and gender, art, music and literature, education, environment, politics, and domestic life.

Nick's book will look at the things that distinguished the counterculture in New Zealand from equivalent movements elsewhere. It will bring to life the people that defined New Zealand’s counterculture and take a critical look at how their notions evolved in practice. It will also look at the effect these ideas had on society as a whole at the time and up to the present day.

Nick Bollinger is a writer, critic and broadcaster. He has been a music columnist for The Listener and presenter of the music review programme The Sampler on RNZ National. He is the author of How To Listen To Pop Music, 100 Essential New Zealand Albums and Goneville, which won the Adam Prize for Creative Writing in 2015.

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Nick Bollinger

John David Stout Research Fellow
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