Vale: Michael Gudinski
Pioneering music entrepreneur & Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski has died.
Pioneering music entrepreneur and Mushroom Records founder Michael Gudinski has died, aged 68.
A family statement confirmed he died peacefully in his sleep.
“Michael Gudinski was a key figure in shaping the Australian music industry,” the statement from Mushroom read.
“A larger-than-life figure, Michael was widely respected for his unwavering passion for all music — in particular Australian music.
“His ability to achieve the unachievable against unsurmountable odds was proven time and again and spoke to his absolute passion for his career and life.”
Gudinski formed Mushroom Records in 1972 with fellow music agent Ray Evans through whom he signed several generations of Australian musicians and performers ranging Madder Lake, MacKenzie Theory, Matt Taylor,The Dingoes, Skyhooks, The Choirboys, Kylie Minogue, and Split Enz to newer artists such as Eskimo Joe, Evermore and others forging a string of successful releases by local talent.
The empire grew to include Premier Artists/Harbour Agency group, Melodian Records with Ian Meldrum, Frontier Touring, MCM Entertainment, Mushroom Music Publishing, and film / TV production Mushroom Pictures.
He was an executive producer on Wolf Creek, The Gloaming, Molly, Molly: The Real Thing, Great Australian Albums, Such is Life: The Troubled Times of Ben Cousins, Gettin’ Square and Chopper.
#BREAKING: Australian music industry legend Michael Gudinski has died aged 68.
— The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) March 2, 2021
Last year he was instrumental in Nine’s Music from the Homefront fundraiser, ABC’s The Sound and Victorian events to get musicians performing post-lockdown.
In January he appeared at Sounds Better Together fundraising event at Mallacoota, introducing Mushroom favourite and friend, Kylie Minogue.
He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia and received the JC Williamson Award from the Heplmanns.
Hugh Marks, Nine Chief Executive Officer said, “We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the passing of Michael Gudinski. A titan of the Australian music and entertainment scene, he forged a ground-breaking path and leaves an incredible legacy. So many of us at Nine have worked closely with him over many years, most recently through the pandemic. Joining forces with Michael to produce Music From the Home Front and Sounds Better Together concerts, his love, support and commitment to local musicians was centre stage. A force for good, for artists and for his industry, one of the truly creative people I know, we will all really miss him. We send all our love and condolences to Michael’s wife Sue, children Kate and Matthew, and grandchildren.”
Statement by David Anderson, ABC Managing Director, on behalf of the ABC: “Michael Gudinski’s support for and belief in Australian music has been an inspiration to generations of Australians. Michael’s support for the ABC and our staff has spanned many years, platforms and programs – across our music networks and television programs, from Countdown to rage, Recovery and, most recently, The Sound. The ABC shared some historical moments with Michael. The first track played on Double J in 1975, for example, was You Just Like Me Coz I’m Good in Bed – by Mushroom artists Skyhooks – a song that was banned on other stations at the time. It was a ground-breaking moment for Michael, Double J and music fans across the country. Michael’s passion for music and life was always a force of nature. Australian artists and music lovers had no greater champion. He was a friend to so many of us and we will miss him greatly. On behalf of everyone at the ABC, we extend our sympathies to his family and friends.”
MICHAEL GUDINSKI – Legend. Legacy. LOVE. A Titan of the music industry. One of a kind and forever family to me. My heart is broken and I can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’. pic.twitter.com/vCk8BcpZbR
— Kylie Minogue (@kylieminogue) March 2, 2021
Today the heart of Australian music was ripped out. I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it , the world felt it. Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend. (Tweet 1/5) pic.twitter.com/Mcck1GOcrX
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) March 2, 2021
A statement on the death of our great Australian promoter, Michael Gudinski. pic.twitter.com/4fJdY8n7Eb
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 2, 2021
Australia's music legend, and a dear friend. Michael Gudinski's love and passion for music and family is like no other. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me to release my first single and album, and the journey that it took me on for so many years.
— Dannii Minogue (@DanniiMinogue) March 2, 2021
Shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Michael Gudinski. We were both at the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday. It’s hard to think of anyone who did more for Australian music than Michael. Vale.
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 2, 2021
Utterly shocked to hear about the death of Michael Gudinski. Such a character and so full of life. What an extraordinary legacy he leaves. My condolences to his family.
— Myf Warhurst (@MyfWarhurst) March 1, 2021
The passing of Michael Gudinski has left me in a state of shock. He was a true pioneer in the music industry and a man who believed in the development of artists like myself & many others. His friendship knew no bounds. He was a genuine original, & not replaceable. May you #RIP pic.twitter.com/RWGEZKQ9lA
— Marcia Hines (@TheMarciaHines) March 2, 2021
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) March 2, 2021
Vale Michael Gudinski. A titan of Australian music who touched more lives than we can ever comprehend. He was the greatest champion of music and a great friend to us. We will miss you immensely. Love to the family and all at @MushroomGroup. Kenny, Sparky, Berney, Westy and Glenn. pic.twitter.com/mGr9r2PzKI
— birdsoftokyo (@BIRDSOFTOKYO) March 2, 2021
Michael Gudinski did a lot for people within the music industry and for the people of Australia, particularly over the last couple of years. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. Very sad news.
— Hilltop Hoods (@hilltophoods) March 2, 2021
This is truly devastating news. Not just for the music industry which he built nearly single handedly, but for his family, who he adored. A giant. Michael Gudinski dead aged 68, industry in shock | Herald Sun https://t.co/Z8nOGwFpQf
— David Campbell OAM (@DavidCampbell73) March 1, 2021
RIP Michael Gudinski. Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape.
I’m not sure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe @edsheeran . Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m going to miss him deeply. My love to his family.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) March 2, 2021
I am so very sad to learn of the death of Michael Gudinski. There was never a greater champion for Australian music. He was also a huge supporter of the ABC and a real source of encouragement. A true legend. https://t.co/iO50GGuy7z
— Leigh Sales (@leighsales) March 2, 2021
Devastated to hear of the passing of legend of the Australian music industry Michael Gudinski, at just 68. His passion for music was unmatched. What a loss. Sending much love to his cherished family. 💔 https://t.co/5btijSON3x
— Angela Bishop (@AngelaBishop) March 2, 2021
The biggest tree in the forest has fallen. What a devastating loss. Love to Sue,Kate, Matt and all. MG R.I.P. x
— Richard Wilkins (@RichardWilkins) March 2, 2021
I am devastated by Michael Gudinski’s sudden death. He was a true champion of Australian music and the ABC. This was backstage after the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday night. Michael was his typical boisterous, funny self. He was always so full of life. Rest In Peace, friend. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gVpCMeYLpn
— Michael Rowland (@mjrowland68) March 2, 2021
He found and celebrated the music that became the soundtrack of our lives – and he loved it and danced it just as we did. It was always a joy to be in his company. The death of Michael Gudinski at just 68 is devastating. pic.twitter.com/0rIXWbaVBO
— Virginia Trioli (@LaTrioli) March 2, 2021
I am so so saddened to hear that Michael Gudinski has passed away. A giant of the music industry and just a great mate to so many of us. He entered every room and every conversation with energy and passion and am thinking of Sue and his family today who he just loved so much. pic.twitter.com/6euofUo4tU
— Carrie Bickmore (@BickmoreCarrie) March 2, 2021
Shocked and gutted at the news of the death of Michael Gudinski.
A legend of the music industry… not only in Australia but worldwide.
A generous man who was always the life of the party.
He’ll be sadly missed. Condolences to Sue and the family.
— Stephen Quartermain (@Quartermain10) March 1, 2021
Sad to hear about the passing of the legendary Michael Gudinski. He was my tour promoter for a brief period and stayed a friend even when I moved elsewhere. Saw him not 3 weeks ago holding court at a restaurant as only he could. A genius ❤️
— Joel Creasey (@joelcreasey) March 2, 2021
The only tribute I can give to Michael Gudinski is this tribute to Michael Gudinski. Vale Marty Boomstein aka Gudinski the Great. RIPhttps://t.co/FLNUnd2kSM
— Lachy Hulme (@LachyHulme) March 2, 2021
Michael Gudinski has died but nobody can stop his music.😪👏🕊.
— FatherBob (@FatherBob) March 2, 2021
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