Snap Scene: Paulie Stewart Book Launch, Memo Music Hall, 11th November 2022 by Mary Boukouvalas

Paulie Stewart Book Launch, Memo Music Hall, 11th November 2022 by Mary Boukouvalas
Cover photo by Mary Boukouvalas

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.

About Mary Boukouvalas 1481 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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