Bruce Raymond

Sydney, Australia, 1977

I joined the fire department and earned $150 a week and I’d spent $100 of that on dope.

This interview, recorded by Phil Jarratt, was originally published in a 1977 issue of Tracks magazine. Raymond was 22 at the time.

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Tell me a little about your early years.

I was born in Wauchope, out in the country, and we lived in Nambucca Heads until I was four. Then we moved to Sydney, near Bronte Beach, and that’s where I started surfing.

What did your parents do for a living?

My mother was a stenographer and my old man was a bit of everything. A bit of a scammer. I’m really not ...