Video: From homeless, to learning two years of music theory in a year

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Wayne Purdon has tried to dull his “nightmares” of the past and the crippling anxiety that comes with it using drugs and alcohol.

It cost him his job and saw him squatting in Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged buildings or on the streets.

We followed Wayne for two months, while he shared his story.

Wayne discovered that music helped lessen his anxiety so he joined a jazz course, where he learned two years of theory in a year due to a ‘great analytical mind’.

But then everything went wrong.

Wayne at his Hagley Jazz course.

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