Story: Magazines and periodicals

Rip It Up

Rip It Up

Rip It Up began in 1977 as a New Zealand version of British music magazines like New Musical Express (NME). It was originally free, but rising costs led to the introduction of a cover price. The magazine was a strong supporter and promoter of New Zealand popular and alternative music, and was influential in the boom in New Zealand music from the 1980s. The cover of the April/May 2013 issue featured the Hutt Valley heavy metal band Beastwars. Rip It Up ceased publication in 2015.

Using this item

Rip It Up
Reference: April/May 2013

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Magazines and periodicals - Specialist and lifestyle magazines: 1890s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020