Bruce Russell

It’s late March 1987 in Dunedin’s co-operative arts venue Chippendale House, where a rough circle of the city’s indie musicians has gathered in the middle of the vast open warehouse hall.

The Bats’ Robert Scott, Kathy Bull, Kath Webster and Lesley Paris of Look Blue Go Purple and Nick Wilkinson of The Alpaca Brothers I know by sight, having seen their groups play. But I can’t put a name to the guy seated out to my right with a beret slouched over his head and sideburns falling to his chin, although he is clearly well known here. I’ll learn soon enough that he’s Bruce Russell and he has a new group called The Dead C. Still, I can’t shake the feeling I’ve seen him somewhere before.

City as Memory, Bruce Russell with audience Q&A
Alastair Galbraith and Bruce Russell, Upper Stuart St, Dunedin, 1984, outside the flat where The Verlaines' Death And The Maiden video was shot a year earlier.
Photo credit: Photo by Moira Crossman. Bruce Russell Collection
Gate with Robbie Yeats & Bruce Russell
Bruce Russell and Alastair Galbraith at Taieri Mouth, 1999
Photo credit: Photo Kate McRae
Bruce Russell Interview on Egg TV
Bruce Russell on his current projects, 2008
Xpressway people. L to R: Bruce Russell, Peter Jefferies, Peter Gutteridge, and Alastair Galbraith outside Peter's house, Opoho, early 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Gerald O'Brien
Bruce Russell at the Physics Room 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Vanessa Coxhead
Bruce Russell in Paris at Studio Palix 2002
Photo credit: Photo by J-J Palix
Bruce Russell at 2013 FESTA: Canterbury Tales
Photo credit: Photo by Olive Russell
Bruce Russell's 1986 London Transport card
Bruce Russell - Doctors Blues for Philip Samartzis
Peter Jefferies on Bruce Russell and Xpressway (Ross Cunningham interview, 2016)
Bruce Russell manipulates the input jack, University of Canterbury, 2007
Bruce Russell and Richard Ram (Wreck Small Speakers On Expensive Stereos), London 1986
Photo credit: Photo by Roger Browning
Bruce Russell's 2012 Flying Nun compilation Time To Go: The Southern Psychedelic Moment, 1981-1986 was hailed as a landmark collection of early 1980s independent music from the South Island.
The 1980 University Challenge – the winning Otago team. Holloway played bass in the first-wave Dunedin punk band London SS with Myles White. The Toy Love album was released the week the series was filmed in Dunedin.
Bruce Russell in Sydney at the What is Music? Festival 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Michael Morley
Bruce Russell at the Wunderbar, Lyttelton 1997
Photo credit: Photo by Kim Pieters
Bruce Russell attacks the guitar, Arc Café 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Ian Jorgensen
Bruce Russell and Peter Jefferies at Fish Street Studios


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