The Rip Profile

Andrew Schmidt
24 May 2013

In the beautifully composed photograph that appears in Dunedin: An Essay, Nigel Yates’ visual study of left field Dunedin residents of the mid-1980s, Alastair Galbraith is leaning mid-span on the wrought iron St David Street footbridge at Otago University’s northern end.

The Rip’s guitarist and vocalist is smiling. He looks like a young James K. Baxter in long dark coat and light coloured boots, a doctor’s bag and cane on the path in front of him. A lit cigarette in one hand, the other clutching the bridge rail behind.

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The Verlaines, The Chant and The R.I.P. at the Dunedin Music Centre, 28th January, 1983
Photo credit: Graeme Hill Collection
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The 1987 Stormed Port 12-inch EP, released via Flying Nun
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The Rip, 1984
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The Rip, with Alastair Galbraith up front, circa 1985
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The Rip: Alastair Galbraith, Jeff Harford and Robbie Muir
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
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River Chasm
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Flying Nun publicity shot of The Rip
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Alastair Galbraith in Dunedin in the mid 1980s. Taken on the St David Street footbridge.
Photo credit: Photo by Nigel Yates
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1985 Verlaines, Rip and Weeds poster
Photo credit: Design by Robert Scott
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The Rip, 1985 - Alastair Galbraith, Jeff Harford, Robbie Muir
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Alastair Galbraith - Vocals, Guitar

Robbie Muir - Bass

Matthew Ransom - Drums

Jeff Harford - Drums

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