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