The long-time bassist for the Headless Chickens, Grant Fell, has died after a battle with cancer, aged 56.
The band won five New Zealand Music Awards in the 1980s and 90s.
They released three albums and their best-known songs included Cruise Control, Juice and George.
Fell also published the magazine Black with his wife.
Grant Fell was not only the band's bass player but also its founder and manager.
He was also a magazine publisher, founding Planet and the fashion magazine Black.
Planet's former editor, Russell Brown, said he had a special ability to pull people together.
"He was this thing that all creative scenes need and that's the person who forms communities and pulls in people around him. He was remarkable for just doing things and then getting everyone else to follow him," he said.
Friends have been paying tribute to him on social media.
I'm sad to say that my old friend Grant Fell passed away this evening. That man, with his great heart and his enterprise, changed my life more than once. Thanks, e hoa.— Russell Brown (@publicaddress) January 27, 2018
Aha. Thanks. Children’s Hour hold a special place in my heart - saw them perform at Auckland Uni in the 1980’s. RIP Grant Fell.— andrew (@Andrew124_) January 27, 2018
RIP Grant Fell, you were a lover and a fighter, a rocker and a gentleman. I am proud to have once called you "boss". Arohanui Rachael and whānau xxoxx @blackmagazine— Helene Ravlich (@MsHelene) January 27, 2018
Grant Fell talks about his love of skating
The AudioCulture page for Grant Fell can be found here
For an extended conversation about Grant’s life you can hear more of Russell Brown here courtesy of the Spinoff.