Australian music icon Michael Gudinski dies aged 68
Published: 12:46 PM, 2 March 2021
Michael Gudinski, an icon of the Australian music industry, has died aged 68; Photo: Collected
Michael Gudinski, an icon of the Australian music industry, has died aged 68.
“The Mushroom Records owner and veteran tour promoter died in his sleep at his home in Melbourne on Monday night,” his agency said in a statement.
Gudinski was known for helping local talents, creating stars like Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.
He also bought some of the world’s biggest stars to Australia - Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones in 1980 and 1990 - with the help of his pioneering touring company.
Paying tribute, American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen wrote on Twitter, “I’ve toured the world for the last 50 years and never met a better promoter. He will be remembered by artists, including this one, from all over the world every time they step foot on Australian soil.”
As Gudinski worked to globalize the Australian music industry, he was also heavily focused on local music.
In 1970 and 1980, he signed up Australian music stars such as Skyhooks, The Choirboys and Paul Kelly as well as New Zealand band Split Enz.
His death has sparked an outpouring of tributes from many others. – BBC