Michael Gudinski AM

As part of our commitment to capturing and sharing great Australian music stories, the Australian Music Vault asked some of the country’s most influential trailblazers and unsung heroes to open up about their lives in music.

Michael Gudinski AM has been one of Australian music’s most influential provocateurs for over five decades. Through his record label Mushroom Records, booking agencies Premier Artists and Harbour, and concert arm Frontier Touring Company, Gudinski has been involved in recording and publishing, concert promotion, venues and merchandising. He has helped shape the careers of generations of Australian artists, including Skyhooks, Split Enz, Models, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Hunters & Collectors, Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Yothu Yindi, Vance Joy and Dan Sultan. In 1998, he received the prestigious APRA Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music and in 2006 was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He regularly appears in the top 5 of the Australian Music Industry Directory (AMID) Power 50.

In this interview with Bruce Butler, Michael Gudinski discusses the local Melbourne dance scene where he started his career, his experiences at the Sunbury Music Festival, the foundation of Mushroom Records, and his time working with artists like Kylie Minogue, Hunters & Collectors and The Temper Trap.



Interviewer: Bruce Butler

Location: Home of Michael Gudinski, 2017


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