Blog by Jenny Grinlington
In this video for recorded in ABC Open's Age of Aquarius video booth Paul Joseph tells the story of the Nimbin based radio play "Up the Creek". Even today, people ask "whatever happened to Josephine?"
It's 1970's. Hippies do the tree change in the hills of Nimbin. They were serious about setting up alternative communities, they were serious about saving the forest but when it came to getting their message not only was it fun, it was downright risque.
Paul Joseph was one of the voices on the first public access radio 2NCR FM. The play he co-wrote with David Hallett called "Up the Creek" ran for 10 episodes.
In the play Paul as Josephine Hallitosis, and David combined entertainment with the voice of the protest movement, to raise funds or their causes.
I have a sense from Paul, after doing his interview, that he has a boyish naughtiness underlying his intelligence and deeply resonant voice.
He said the reason he bought this particular photo was "to get back at David". Probably he is referring to David's short shorts, to which we panned to a close-up. Very stylish indeed.
To me it shows what a great affection Paul has for this time: a love for the uninhibited creative spirit, crazy hats, gumboots and shorts, when jokes at your mates expense didn't matter, when you felt you could rule the world, tackle any politician, win any conflict.
It was a time of brashness, creativity and good old fashioned fun. A time when the old ways were challenged and new ways could arise.
This video is part of a special series created in the Age of Aquarius video booth where ABC Open North Coast and a crew of volunteers assisted the Nimbin community to record oral histories of the 1973 Aquarius Festival and its legacy.
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