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Australian Music Legend Michael Gudinski Has Died, Aged 68

The Mushroom Records founder launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, The Skyhooks, and so many more.

Michael Gudinski

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The Australian music industry is mourning the shock loss of Michael Gudinski, who died in Melbourne overnight aged 68.

He founded Mushroom Records in 1972 at just 20-years-old, and would work tirelessly in the music industry for decades, launching careers and championing artists such as Kylie Minogue, Split Enz, Jimmy Barnes, Archie Roach, Models, Yothu Yindi, and so many more. He also spearheaded Frontier Touring, which worked with acts like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, the Rolling Stones, and more.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Michael Gudinski AM overnight,” Mushroom Group said in a statement. “The much-loved Australian music legend died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, Australia.

“Michael’s legacy will live on through his family and the enormously successful Mushroom Group – an enduring embodiment of decades of passion and determination from an incredible man. The family respectfully ask for privacy in this incredibly difficult time and thank everyone for their support.”

Gudinski was working right up until his death — in the coming weeks he was set to announce a major project with the Victorian Government to boost the state’s struggling industry.

The local scene is reeling from the news, with artists and industry figures paying tribute online.

A true champion of Australian music. Vale.


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