Obituary: The polarizing but passionate co-founder of Mushroom Records championed the careers of Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Archie Roach and Paul Kelly and brought Australian music to the world stage

For over 45 years, Michael Gudinski, who died on Monday at the age of 68, was a dominant, dominant, polarizing, but above all passionate figure in the Australian cultural landscape. He lived and breathed Australian music

Everyone who met Gudinski had a story to tell about him, not all of which are printable.It is undisputed that life in Australia changed fundamentally when Mushroom Records – the label he co-founded in 1972 – a few years ago later released Skyhook’s first album Living in the ’70s (complete with its faulty apostrophe)

Life in the ’70s topped the charts for four months, selling 240000 copies Beyond sales, the album changed the perception of what Australian music could be. Much of the lyrics (by bassist and songwriter Greg Macainsh) were hyperlocal to Gudinski’s beloved Melbourne

In many ways, the album was a reflection of Gudinski himself: brash, hyperactive, gross (more than half of his tracks were banned from airplay), apologetic, and funny.It helped that it was released when the music TV show Countdown To first appeared in Australian lounge rooms, with the assistance of Ian “Molly” Meldrum, who brought Skyhooks to fame

Over the next decade, Mushroom released dozens of albums showcasing their own surveys of Australian life, from & / Or General (1981) to Triffids (Born Sandy Devotional, 1986), Hunters & Collectors (Human) Frailty, 1986), the 16 Lovers Lane by Go-Betweens and the Starfish of the Church (both 1988)

Gudinski also threw his weight behind transformative indigenous artists Archie Roach and Yothu Yindi, whose careers have left an immense cultural legacy And when Jimmy Barnes struggled after breaking up with Cold Chisel, it was Gudinski he turned to to get help starting his solo career It made him Barnsey: an even bigger star

Other mushroom alumni included Renée Geyer, the Sports, Sunnyboys, New Zealand expatriates Split Enz, and Scottish band Garbage.But Gudinski’s greatest success story by far was Kylie Minogue, whom he signed to Mushroom as a teenager, and Minogue quickly grew out of its suburban soap origins emerged and became a global dance music icon, selling more than 70 million records worldwide

Michael Solomon Gudinski was born on 22 Born August 1952 in Melbourne as the son of the Russian-Jewish migrants Kuba and Nina.He sponsored events in Melbourne and hosted the Sunbury Festival in 1972, before launching mushroom in 1979, he founded the Juggernaut touring agency Frontier, the third largest on the Billboard in 2018 The world’s best promoter

In 1993 Gudinski sold 49% of the Mushroom Records label to News Ltd (now News Corp) and the remaining 51% in 1998 while retaining the name of the Mushroom Group. The group’s subsidiaries include the Harbor Agency and Liberation Music, of which Dan is a member Sultan and Julia Jacklin belong, as well as the heritage label Bloodlines, which houses Barnes and Roach

Gudinski has been most often described as “larger than life” or “force of nature” Hunters & Collectors’ vocalist Mark Seymour wrote in his memoir Thirteen Tonne Theory how Gudinski jumped over his desk while hitting the band for their signatures “That guy was a nut,” wrote Seymour But in the end they called him ” God “

Many remembered his loyalty to artists. In his second book, Working Class Man, Barnes wrote that artists were “encouraged and given time to find their feet” Few benefited more from Gudinski’s patience than Paul Kelly, who had two failed albums with his band The Dots before establishing himself under his own name Post in 1985 with his debut, the first of a series of classics for the label

International artists also remembered Gudinski with fondness and good humor. In a statement released Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen wrote: “Michael always spoke in a deep, rumbling voice, and the words came out so quickly that I half the time needed an interpreter … He was loud, always on the move, intentionally (and unintentionally) hilarious and deeply soulfulSpringsteen said he had never met a better promoter and described Gudinski as “first, last and always a musician”

In his later years, Gudinski could still be seen in Melbourne clubs, starting shows and looking for the next big thing. His last appearance was Midnight Oil at the Enmore Theater in Sydney last Friday Frontier staged the band’s Makarrata live tour

That was an irony Gudinski and Midnight Oil, the most self-confident Australian band of all, didn’t always get along so well: “We had our ups and downs back then,” the group admitted on Twitter. passionate advocacy for Australian music was never in doubt “

Gudinski is survived by his wife Sue, his son Matt (manager of the Mushroom Group since 2013), his singer-songwriter daughter Kate, the grandchildren Nina-Rose and Lulu and around 200 employees of the Mushroom Group

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