Music Icon Michael Gudinski Dies: Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, & More Pay Tribute.
Michael Gudinski, the late chairman and founding father of the Mushroom Group of companies, was no ordinary music entrepreneur.
Gudinski, who died on Monday (March 1) at the age of 68, was a force-of-nature character who is being remembered as a trailblazer and a towering figure in Australia’s music industry.
As the sad news broke Tuesday morning civil time , artists, executives and politicians from across Australia and abroad turned to social media to pay tribute.
ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Kylie Minogue had worked with “The Big G” since the very beginning. She tweeted, “A Titan of the music industry. one among a sort and forever family to me. My heart is broken and that i can’t believe he’s gone. Irreplaceable and unforgettable, I’ll always love you ‘The Big G’”.
Australian Labour Party leader Anthony Albanese wrote, “Shocked and saddened to listen to about the death of Michael Gudinski. We were both at the Oils gig in Sydney on Thursday. It’s hard to consider anyone who did more for Australian music than Michael. Vale.”
Albanese’s colleague Tony Burke MP, Shadow Minister For Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister For the humanities , remarked that Gudinski “was one among the foremost important and formidable figures within the history of Australian music. you merely cannot tell the story of Australian music without Michael Gudinski squarely within the centre of it.”
Born to Jewish Russian immigrants in 1952, Gudinski’s Mushroom Group spans 20-plus affiliated businesses across all areas of the music industry, and it is the engineering for countless careers.
Burke remembers Gudinski as an advocate for ladies and First Nations artists within the music industry, and as a “larger-than-life personality and one among Australia’s great larrikins.”
When Gudinski started in showbusiness in his teens, Burke adds, “Australian music was a industry . He was instrumental in turning it into a powerhouse, earning him the title ‘the father of the Australian music industry’”.
Legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes says his good friend MG was the soul of Australia’s music industry. “Today the guts of Australian music was ripped out,” Barnes tweeted. “I felt it, my family felt it, the music business felt it , the planet felt it. Michael Gudinski wasn’t only that heart but he was my friend.”
Oscar winner and occasional rocker Russell Crowe wrote, “Seems almost impossible. A towering figure on the Australian cultural landscape. I’m unsure we ever agreed on anything, except maybe Ed Sheeran. Still didn’t stop us from being mates for 30 years. I’m getting to miss him deeply. My like to his family.”
Michael was “one of the last true colorful characters in our industry. He was always filled with energy [and] optimism, all with an intense passion for live music,” says Rob Light, CAA’s head of music. “He was one among the good promoters, whose productions were events. He touched every aspect of the music industry, and every one with great success. And if you ever found yourself in Australia, there have been no better hosts to point out you a tremendous time than Michael and his wife Sue. My thoughts are together with his family. The industry will miss this amazing entrepreneur. ”
Foo Fighters toured Australia with Gudinski’s Frontier Touring on several occasions. “Thank you Michael Gudinski for giving us and countless others the simplest night of our lives. Over and once again . a real fucking legend,” wrote Dave Grohl and Co., leading a flood of tributes from the international artist community.