John Rusin

John Rusin (born December 19, 1963) is a musician from Canada. His music includes songs such as “The Great Divide”, “Hands Like Houses” and “A New Man”. He was awarded the Polaris Music Prize in 2007 for Best Canadian Album for Hands Like Houses. Rusin’s solo album, A Long Way Gone, was released in 2012.

He studied at Concordia University where he majored in English literature with minors in film studies and philosophy. He then moved to Toronto where he began playing in local bands.

Rusin formed his own band, The National, in 1997. Their debut album, Punchline, was released in 2000 and went gold within two weeks of its release.

They have since toured extensively around North America and Europe.

In 2004 Rusin left The National to focus on his solo project. He released several albums including The Other Side Of Blue, which won him a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album in 2006.

His second album, A Long Way Gone, was released in 2012 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

His latest album, A Place To Bury Strangers, was released in September 2013 and reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Rusin has described it as a concept album about the relationship between the US and the UK.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, he described it as “a complete and definite break from anything I’ve ever done.”

In addition to his musical career, Rusin is a published poet and writer. His first book of poetry, This Ruined Puzzle, was published in 2009.

He has also published several books of philosophy.

Rusin is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights advocate. He is a dedicated vegan and is an outspoken critic of the meat industry in interviews and on social media.

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Rusin has a reputation for being confrontational and unfriendly with the press. He has criticized Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound and other publications for what he perceives as a bias against him.

Rusin is also an outspoken atheist. He has raised concerns about the Church of England’s influence in the UK government and has called for greater separation of church and state.

In popular culture

The music video for Rusin’s single “Don’t Let Them Take You Away” was filmed at Royal Hospital Road, London. The song marks a shift towards writing about politics.

Rusin’s music is mentioned several times in David Nicholls’ novel One Day.

Rusin’s music was used as backing for an attack ad during the 2012 US Presidential election.

The single “Don’t Let Them Take You Away” was used in a 2015 advertisement for Apple Music.

Rusin’s music was used in the soundtrack for the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

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Punchline (2000) The National

Word Gets Around (2002) The National

Alligator (2005) The National

Boxer (2007) The National

High Violet (2010) The National

Trouble Will Find Me (2013) The National

A Long Way Gone (2015) John Rusin

A Place To Bury Strangers (2016) John Rusin

TV/Film soundtrack:

Alpha Mom (2007) Television movie with Cindy Pickett and Sam Huntington

One Day (2011) David Nicholls film with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess


Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015) Video game with Kevin Randolph and Cara Louise

Donald Trump ad (2016) Attack ad during the US Presidential election


The National (2000) Live performance at the El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles.

Don’t Let Them Take You Away (2004) Second live performance, filmed during a gig at the Royal Festival Hall.

Don’t Let Them Take You Away (2014) The official music video, directed by Daniel Kaufman. Filmed throughout London and stars Lena Headey, Thomas Turgoose and Ben Winshaw.

Filmed at Royal Hospital Road, London.

Official website: The National

Sources & references used in this article:

Plasmonic Cellulose Nanofibers as Water-Dispersible Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates by CJ Rusin, M El Bakkari, R Du, Y Boluk… – ACS Applied Nano …, 2020 – ACS Publications

Materials Science and Technology: A curriculum that works by TG Stoebe, JM Rusin – MRS Online Proceedings Library Archive, 2004 –

Engineering complex dynamical structures: Sequential patterns and desynchronization by IZ Kiss, CG Rusin, H Kori, JL Hudson – Science, 2007 –

Laparoscopic resection for diverticular disease by …, JJ Murray, DJ Schoetz, PL Roberts, LC Rusin – Diseases of the colon & …, 1996 – Springer