Paul Gardiner, editor and publisher of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone from 1974-1987, died in Sydney last Friday (June 29). He was 59. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Paul Gardiner, editor and publisher of the Australian edition of Rolling Stone from 1974-1987, died in Sydney last Friday (June 29). He was 59. The cause of death was not immediately known.

The former finance journalist bought the Australian rights to Rolling Stone with two other journalists Jane Mathieson and Paul Comrie-Thompson and built it up as a major player in terms of circulation, shifting about 35,000 copies each week.

"He was a visionary," recalls Ed St. John, managing director of BMG Australia, who wrote for the magazine as a teenager.

Gardiner's love for 1980s Northern England New Wave bands led to him setting up Gap Records to locally release artists such acts as New Order, the Fall and Cabaret Voltaire.