Stefan was born in 1950; in the early 1960s his family moved to Upper Hutt, where his father, folk singer Bernie Brown, worked for the railways and later taught at Heretaunga College. Stefan talks about his father’s involvement in the Upper Hutt Savage Club, and well-known musicians visiting their home. He remembers the ‘healthy music scene’ of Upper Hutt, where he set up his first band with other students at Heretaunga College. As Stacey Grove, the band went on to record a single and were placed second in the Battle of the Bands. Stefan remembers playing at youth club dances and other Upper Hutt venues, and rebelling against convention (he was suspended from school over his hair length). As Ebony, Stefan and fellow Stacey Grove member Don Wilson later became well-known for their song ‘Big Norm’, about then prime minister Norman Kirk.

Stefan was born in 1950; in the early 1960s his family moved to Upper Hutt, where his father, folk singer Bernie Brown, worked for the railways and later taught at Heretaunga College. Stefan talks about his father’s involvement in the Upper Hutt Savage Club, and well-known musicians visiting their home. He remembers the ‘healthy music scene’ of Upper Hutt, where he set up his first band with other students at Heretaunga College. As Stacey Grove, the band went on to record a single and were placed second in the Battle of the Bands. Stefan remembers playing at youth club dances and other Upper Hutt venues, and rebelling against convention (he was suspended from school over his hair length). As Ebony, Stefan and fellow Stacey Grove member Don Wilson later became well-known for their song ‘Big Norm’, about then prime minister Norman Kirk.