He founded Mushroom Records in 1972, before expanding his business into the growing Mushroom Group.
Michael Goodinski, the Australian music pioneer whose Mushroom Group will become a model for independent music companies and who, with his boisterous, boisterous personality, became the face of his country’s music scene, has died. He was 68 years old.
Gudinski died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne on Monday night, experiencing a shock for everyone involved in the Australian music industry.
Speaking with billboard just last week, Gudinski was his typical, enthusiastic man, looking forward to new television projects, the release of vaccines and the return of large-scale tours in these parts.
No other figure has done more to shape the Australian music industry than Gudinski.
In a keynote interview with this reporter at the Bigsound conference in Brisbane in 201
Gudinski will continue with bigger things.
In 1972, at the tender age of 20, Gudinski released Mushroom Records, which would become the largest independent record label in Australian music, and later his publishing group Mushroom Music, which remained the main independent record company. in the country.
Mushroom enjoyed early success with Skyhooks, whose debut album, Life in the 70’s, registered for 16 weeks at number 1 in Australia, sold 240,000 copies, a feat that at that time did not achieve an Australian album.
Over the decades, Gudinski would lead the careers of countless artists, from Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes to Britain’s signature Ashes and Garbage.
In 1998, he sold Mushroom Records to Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited Group (now News Corp), the proceeds of which enabled Gudinski to realize his dream of building an independent music powerhouse covering tours, record companies, publishing, merchandising, and agencies. for reservations, film and television production and creative services.
Today, Mushroom Group covers more than two dozen companies and brands from Frontier Touring, The Harbor Agency, I Oh You, Liberation and Bloodlines, Mushroom Music Publishing, the neighboring Good Neighbor rights operation and the new addition, Reclusive Records.
Frontier Touring, founded in 1979, is Australia’s leading independent promoter and record holder. Gudinski and Frontier Touring created the winner, Ed Sheeran I divide a tour of Australia and New Zealand that moved more than 1.1 million tickets, an all-time record for a single trip.
The last trip under the flag of Frontier Touring, Live tour of Midnight Oil on Macarrata, kicks off Sunday at Mount Cotton in Queensland.
With the pandemic stopping the tour in 2020, Gudinski finds a way to keep the music playing. He also directed online and television concert series Music From The Home Front,, The sound and The state of music.
“It’s not about my labels,” Gudinski said billboard in an interview for 2020. “This is about Australian music.”
Speaking about the pandemic that threatened to destroy the live industry, Gudinski said: “I learned that you have to turn something negative into something positive.”
Gudinski achieved almost everything in his outstanding life and career, including a medal for a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2006 for services in the entertainment industry and a Melbourne Cup. With his death, he missed the only thing he quietly wished for: American number one.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, son Matt and partner Kara, daughter Kate and wife Andrew, and their children, Nina-Rose and Lulu, and more than 200 Mushroom Group employees, whom he often referred to as “family.”
This story first appeared Billboard.com.