The co-founder of Mushroom Records, Gudinski, began his youth as a dancehall promoter in his teenage years Australian music

He had worked tirelessly to support the live music industry during the pandemic, partnering with the Victoria state government on a number of campaigns to allow musicians to play live, virtually or in person given the stalemate that devastated the sector in 2020

Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes was good friends with Gudinski and on Tuesday paid tribute to him as “the rock I reached for when life tried to wash me away”

â ???? 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 just that heart, he was my friend Said Barnes

â ???? He stood with me through my darkest moments and my happiest days. He never closed his door or heart to me and my family.But I wasn’t the only one who felt that Michael was there for me. He was there for everyone who saw him needed

â ???? The music business turned, grew and moved forward in Australia because of Michael. He was a force of nature, a giant of a man. His boundless enthusiasm breathed life into our music scene. But that was only one side of Michael. He was a staunch friend, a loving father and Grandfather and a distinguished husband of Sue Jane and I are shocked at the loss of our friend, but we will try to be strong and let the music flow from our hearts.We will be by his family as he was by ours Loved Michael, I always willâ ????

Gudinski is survived by his wife Sue, son Matt, daughter Kate, their partners and two grandchildren

Martin Boulton is the EC editor for The Age and shortlist editor for the Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Gudinski

Weltnachrichten – AU – “Heart of Australian music torn out”: Michael Gudinski dies at the age of 68