Airdate: Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story

The story behind the man who ignited the soundtrack of a nation and revolutionised the Australian independent music industry.

Seven will premiere music documentary Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story next week.

The feature film charts the Australian music impresario’s career across five decades, igniting the soundtrack of a nation and revolutionising the Australian independent music industry.

Helmed by acclaimed feature film, documentary and music video director Paul Goldman and produced by Bethany Jones, the film features personal accounts from Gudinski himself, exclusive interviews with the some of the world’s most influential artists, rare archival footage and an electrifying soundtrack.

Ego: The Michael Gudinski Story is a Mushroom Studios production.

Music man. Impresario. Natural born hustler. Gudinski repeatedly risked everything for his one obsession: Australian music.

At age 19, he launched Mushroom Records and went on to sign and nurture iconic artists including Skyhooks, Split Enz, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Hunters & Collectors, Kylie Minogue, Archie Roach and Yothu Yindi.

Not content with just a label, his hunger extended to being on the road, promoting legendary international acts such as Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting. There’s barely a living Australian whose life hasn’t been touched by the music he was behind.

This shy son of immigrant Jewish parents from Melbourne became an audacious international player and Australian household name. Famed for his eccentricities and boldness, the film dives into the psyche and unorthodox tactics of Michael as he became the frontman of a cultural movement and built a music empire whose artists helped create the soundtrack of a nation. It goes to show a little confidence can go a long way.

7.30pm Tuesday, 9 April on Seven.

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