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'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."
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."
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.