Who the hell called this Gudinski chap ‘The Godfather of Australian Rock’ and why should you buy a book about him?
– Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Records in 1972, a label that would go on to sign and nurture Australian artists Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Yothu Yindi, Kate Ceberano, Split Enz, The Saints, Skyhooks and hundreds more.
– The Frontier Touring Company, founded by Gudinski in 1979, has twice been voted the ‘No 1 International Touring Company in the World’. The company has toured some of the world’s finest artists, including Billy Joel, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Black Eyed Peas and many more.
– Mushroom Records was so influential in Australian music that Gudinski celebrated its 25th birthday with a nine hour concert at the MCG featuring 56 acts that was shown live on Channel 9.
– Gudinski has been awarded every award possible in the Australian music industry, including an ARIA Lifetime Achievement Award when he was only in his early forties. In 2006 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal (AM).
The Godfather of Australian Rock
The real story of the man behind the bands – and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.
Known to many as GODinski, Michael Gudinski is unquestionably the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian rock’n’roll music business – and has been for the last four decades.
Often referred to as ‘the father of the Australian music industry’, he has nurtured the careers of many artists – Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Skyhooks, Split Enz, Yothu Yindi, to name just a few. But his reach isn’t limited to Australian artists. With his Frontier Touring Company, Gudinski has toured The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Sting … pretty much a who’s who of the arena level international music scene.
A self-made multi-millionaire, Gudinski is the Australian equivalent of Richard Branson or David Geffen, but who is this tough, inspired, flamboyant and impassioned businessman who has shaped Australian popular culture? Where did he come from, and how has he stayed relevant for so long in an industry notorious for its fickleness? Rock journalist Stuart Coupe delves into Gudinski’s life to find the answers – and in doing so gives us a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock.
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