Paulie Stewart AO is an Australian rock legend. He’s also a legend of the movement advocating for the freedom of East Timor and West Papua.
In this tell-all, highly entertaining memoir, we read how Paulie channelled his anger from the murder of his brother, one of the Balibo Five, into the infamous Painters & Dockers band that put the Australian music scene on notice.
From being formed with the intention of a one-time performance to pay a friend’s parking fine, it became a 40-year-long punk rock band with a cult following.
Paulie’s activism also formed the Dili Allstars which highlighted the plight of the Timorese and he tirelessly supports Timor-Leste’s Alma Nuns.
Not only was he a rockstar and an activist, Paulie also worked as a music journalist with the Melbourne Herald Sun for 30 years.
This is a much-anticipated story that transcends music and activism. The book is full of laugh-out-loud anecdotes of his encounters with major stars, including Billy Idol, Keith Richards, the Wiggles and Nick Cave.