His first name conjures up so many memories that the surname is
just about superfluous. From the 1960's until his untimely death
in 1995, Bruno was an enduring popular culture figure on both
sides of the Tasman: from songs like 'Dance All Around the
World'; his band and theatre troupe Blerta; to films such as
SMASH PALACE, GOODBYE PORK PIE, THE QUIET EARTH, and the
outstanding television series FRONTLINE...the list goes on and
Boundless energy, diverse talents, tremendous charm, a strong
sense of fairness ... these were just some of the qualities that
made him so memorable. But author Roger Booth also explores
Bruno's excesses, improvidence and brushes with the law (starting
with the theft of a saxophone from a shop at age eight, and
later returning it).
This first biography of Bruno Lawrence will appeal to all who
have enjoyed his music and films. Numerous illustrations add
visual appeal to an amazing and echanting story.
Roger Booth became a family friend when teaching some of the
Lawrence children at high school in Hawkes's Bay. He is now
Executive Officer of the Visual and Performing Arts national
standards body, and lives near Wellington.