Willow Neilson pictured with his Father, Paul Joseph in Lismore. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star
Willow Neilson pictured with his Father, Paul Joseph in Lismore. Photo Patrick Gorbunovs / The Northern Star Patrick Gorbunovs

Aquarius pioneer to be farewelled and honoured this weekend

AQUARIUS songman and Nimbin identity Paul Joseph's life will be celebrated at the Nimbin cemetery this Saturday October 31.

The legendary Rainbow Region's songman, activist and Aquarius pioneer lost his fight with cancer this week.

Following the ceremony, Paul's family and friends will join a parade from his funeral plot to the Nimbin Bush Theatre.

Paul Joseph is a warm & engrossing local man who epitomises the Age of Aquarius, and at the Worker's Club took us down a delightful memory lane with a colourful old video of early days Nimbin, followed by one of early days Lismore.
Paul Joseph is a warm & engrossing local man who epitomises the Age of Aquarius, and at the Worker's Club took us down a delightful memory lane with a colourful old video of early days Nimbin, followed by one of early days Lismore. TERRY STORMON U3A LISMORE

 

Hundreds expected

Paul's son Willow Joseph said the family was expecting hundreds of people to turn out on Saturday following a huge outpouring of support for their loss.

Mr Joseph said his father would be remembered as a pioneering songwriter who set the soundtrack to the Aquarius Festival and captured much of the spirit of the history-making 1973 event.

"One particular song was called The Forest Song, it sort of became a bit of an anthem song," Mr Joseph said.

"It's still sung at a lot of demonstrations."

 

Natural spokesman

Mr Joseph said his father was a natural spokesman for the movement.

"He was always able to encapsulate the message into a slogan that would carry the kernel of what people were trying to get out there.

"He was very good at bringing the energy up.

"He was very passionate, and very engaged.

"Once he got started on something, he really went for it."

Paul Joseph preparing for the Aquarius Festival 40th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Dominic Feain
Paul Joseph preparing for the Aquarius Festival 40th anniversary celebrations. Photo: Dominic Feain Dominic Feain

 

Sharing his life

Stories, images and songs by and about Paul will be shared at the memorial event.

Visitors are invited to bring food and drinks to share or enjoy the fare at the Phoenix Rising Cafe.



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