Rock pioneer Vincent Lovegrove dead at 64
Taken from ABC.net Australia - read the full story HERE.
Tributes are being paid to Australian rock music pioneer Vincent Lovegrove, who died in a car crash on the New South Wales north coast last month.
Lovegrove shared a stage with Bon Scott in 1960s bubblegum band The Valentines, and later introduced Scott to the other members of AC/DC.
He also managed Cold Chisel in the mid-1970s, and later managed The Divinyls.
The 64-year-old was also a campaigner for HIV-AIDS awareness after losing both his wife and son to the disease.
He died the morning of Saturday 24th March, when his Kombi van crashed and burst into flames at Federal, near Byron Bay.
The Australian Recording Industry Association's Facebook page has posted a tribute, describing Lovegrove as a "true pioneer and a legend of the local industry."
Veteran rock photographer Tony Mott says Lovegrove gave him a start in the industry.
"Vince Lovegrove and Chrissy Amphlett were directly responsible for any career I've got in music," he told AM.
"I walked into his Bondi Junction office and he couldn't have been more encouraging.
"He bought a photo of Chrissy of mine and it was used as a tour poster, and that was the beginning of what became a career as a rock'n'roll photographer."
Toby Cresswell, an author and rock journalist who knew Lovegrove, described him as a "force of nature".
"He had this incredible energy that he just drove behind anything that he believed in, which was Australian music," he said.
Creswell says managing The Divinyls was Lovegrove's most telling work.
"He managed the Divinyls for many years and it was Vince's single-minded obsession with the Divinyls that really made that work," he said.
Lovegrove made a documentary about his wife Suzie's battle with AIDS in 1987, and another in 1993 about his son Troy.
Cresswell says it was heartbreaking for him.
"Heartbreaking what they were going through, but he went through it with incredible kind of grace and, grace really under enormous pressure," he said.