Bruno Lawrence Profile

Gary Steel
12 May 2013

Ask the average New Zealander and they’ll tell you Bruno Lawrence was that bald guy from Smash Palace. But while Bruno was a successful actor, his abiding legacy is as one of our most valuable music legends.

Okay, the word "legend" is over-used, but at the least, Lawrence was larger than life, and one of those characters about whom stories run rife.

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The Crocodiles - Tears
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BLERTA with Fane Flaws on the roof and Bruno on drums
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Bruno Lawrence and Geoff Murphy on the set of The Quiet Earth, 1984
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Bruno Lawrence in Quiet Earth
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Shane and Zonk! come clean - with Bruno Lawrence in the middle
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Bruno, Jools Topp and Tama Renata
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Quincy Conserve in 1970: Left to right, top to bottom: Rufus Rehu, Dennis Mason, Johnny McCormick, Bruno Lawrence, Kevin Furey, Malcolm Hayman, Dave Orams
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Bruno Lawrence singing and drumming with BLERTA
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Bruno receives a NZ music award on behalf of Sharon O'Neill for the Best Soundtrack album, 1983
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The Crocodiles - Any Day Of The Week
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For many years Blerta-associated families like those of Bruno and Geoff Murphy lived together in a commune, but at the time of Bruno’s death, he had become estranged from Murphy, who did not attend his funeral.

In 1970 HMV banned Bruno from their studios, thus preventing him drumming on Shane Hales' Straight, Straight, Straight album. Producer Alan Galbraith used Richard Burgess instead.

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