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It’s been several months since I’d uploaded the first set of issues of Novus, Hawaii’s groundbreaking music and art mag of the 1980s to BsideHNL.com. Here are more classic issues, straight from the collection of Novus writer Lesa Griffith. If you’re wondering what Hawaii’s blossoming music scene was like in the wild, wide open ’80s, download these artifacts and read all about it!


Novus June 1983

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The June 1983 issue features an interview with local troubadour Audy Kimura; reviews of now-classic albums such as U2’s War, The Dreaming by Kate Bush and Thomas Dolby’s Blinded by Science; and Honolulu concert reviews of Berlin, Earl Klugh and Dave Mason. Download the entire issue here.


Novus March 1984

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The March 1984 issue of Novus puts the spotlight on The Pretenders with a review of their performance at the Blaisdell Arena. It also features interviews with William Ackerman, Nagisa Oshima, show reviews of the BusBoys and the Third Annual LCC Jazz Festival, plus more great record reviews (Burning Spear, Midnight Oil, Let’s Active, etc.). Get it here.


Novus July 1984

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Chequered Past, Patrice Rushen and Danny Gottlieb highlight Novus’ July 1984 issue, which also includes reviews of Siouxsie & the Banshees, Human League, Yabby You, Ultravox and others. Check out the June playlist of the white-hot Rough Take show on KTUH and everything else here.

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Written by Shawn "Speedy" Lopes

I am a lifelong Honoluluan whose true calling is to tell the stories of others, whether through photos, film, video, audio or the written word. Here is a collection of my works – some previously published in periodicals like Billboard, the Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Weekly, though most of what you read or view here has never been seen before.

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