Paul Hewson with Dragon in Geelong in 1978. Over the past few weeks we’ve been putting together an incredible three part story on one of New Zealand’s greatest songwriters, Paul Hewson, who died in 1985.Glen Moffatt’s detailed look at the the life and tragic young death of Paul, a kid from Blockhouse Bay who wrote a string of songs that are now regarded as Australasian standards, including ‘April Sun In Cuba’ and ‘Still In Love With You’, is now live on AudioCulture. It follows his early days in Auckland clubland with now forgotten bands, then massive success, a tumble from that success, and a hedonistic lifestyle, with unfortunate connections to Mr. Asia, that eventually destroyed many of the participants. Even if Dragon is not your thing, set aside an hour or two in the weekend to take in what is an extraordinary piece of New Zealand rock and roll writing and journalism from Glen.
Part one - the beginning 
Part two - the Dragon years
Part three - coming home

Paul Hewson with Dragon in Geelong in 1978. 

Over the past few weeks we’ve been putting together an incredible three part story on one of New Zealand’s greatest songwriters, Paul Hewson, who died in 1985.


Glen Moffatt’s detailed look at the the life and tragic young death of Paul, a kid from Blockhouse Bay who wrote a string of songs that are now regarded as Australasian standards, including ‘April Sun In Cuba’ and ‘Still In Love With You’, is now live on AudioCulture. 

It follows his early days in Auckland clubland with now forgotten bands, then massive success, a tumble from that success, and a hedonistic lifestyle, with unfortunate connections to Mr. Asia, that eventually destroyed many of the participants. Even if Dragon is not your thing, set aside an hour or two in the weekend to take in what is an extraordinary piece of New Zealand rock and roll writing and journalism from Glen.

Part one - the beginning 

Part two - the Dragon years

Part three - coming home

"It’s a rainy night at Maitland St, Dunedin, sometime in the early 1990s and I’m at home alone with nothing better to do than watch TV. Dennis Weaver is in his car while being chased by a large dark ominous truck down the highways of the USA…”So begins Peter Jefferies as he relates the story of ‘Electricity’, in a wonderful tale of composition and his relationship with a song he calls his “personal mantra”. 

"It’s a rainy night at Maitland St, Dunedin, sometime in the early 1990s and I’m at home alone with nothing better to do than watch TV. Dennis Weaver is in his car while being chased by a large dark ominous truck down the highways of the USA…”

So begins Peter Jefferies as he relates the story of ‘Electricity’, in a wonderful tale of composition and his relationship with a song he calls his “personal mantra”.