News – AU – Michael Gudinski’s death leaves a hole in the heart of Australian music


It’s 5 a.m. and Iggy Pop is lying in the gutter on Punt Road in Melbourne Michael Gudinski answers the phone, jumps into the car and arrives in time to save the godfather from a shameful end Phew That is rock and roll: more or less what a good concert promoter would do

A few decades later, Steely Dan finally plays Australia. Good crowd, great shows, but the band doesn’t play Rikki Don’t lose that number and reelin Over the years, Gudinski Shirtfront her manager said “I don’t give stuff” He tells him the band is over their old hits “It’s their first time in Australia” so they should play them

This is not so typical of the promoter’s ability This is pure Gudinski “That was a battle I didn’t win” He intervened at the time, but it wasn’t over. Three years later he toured Steely Dan again These two songs were named and properly performed in the pre-PR

“His great strengths were his personality and his powers of persuasion,” says Michael Coppel, one of the tour industry’s close friends and competitors, who this week mourns the sad loss of the man who made the Australian through Mushroom Records, Frontier Touring and much more Music business as we know it pretty much built The question that hangs over the sadness of his sudden departure is how Australian music could spin without him

??????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????? more love than hate.He had relationships with actors for 30 or 40 years who would stay with him even if more financially attractive deals were on the table In this way he was a force of natureâ ????

This sentence reflected last week’s shock “Greater than life a powerhouse he was like a tornado, “adds another friend, A&R / artist management impresario Michael Parisi” He would go into a room and the deal would be closed

â ???? When Dan Sultan was courted and I was his manager, we met with every label in the country.But when we met with Michael and his staff, he talked about family and he talked about sticking together and it was just impossible to say no to that guyâ ????

Stories like this abound in Gudinski’s talent, chances and ego bending at his will, made him rich and powerful and Australia culturally rich “If he hadn’t had the Skyhooks and the Kylies and everything else, you really wonder what we look at”Says Coppel it would be a parallel universe. We couldn’t have local [music] and let us be completely guided by the international catalogâ ????

Books continue to be written about how our Australian-made musical universe was envisaged and driven by this audacious, passionate, visionary son of Russian Holocaust survivors

“It definitely leaves a big void in the industry,” says Coppel. It’s hard to know how the mushroom group will work in the future Who will take on the workload and who actually wants that? It definitely creates instability. Maybe it’s a Game Of Thrones situationâ ????

Michael’s son Matt has established himself as a well-respected and capable steward of the brand, but he has a different approach and goals It may not be his desire to fill his father’s shoes a ???? The lack of Gudinski’s unstoppable magnetism is sure to give other labels more leverage on the Dan Sultans of the future

The void is being filled on the touring front Coppel predicts that between the esteemed “Frontier Family” and established key players Live Nation (of which he is Australasian chairman), TEG Dainty and Michael Chugg â ???? Another close friend and occasional rival whose recently rekindled power partnership with Gudinski is clearly in balance

For Parisi, the loss is more inspiring than operational Gudinski’s epic cash and moral concerts for bushfire, flood and tsunami relief are each pages of Australian rock legend through its COVID-19 lockdown streaming initiatives Music From the Home Front and The Sound gave his highly visible cheerleading role to Australian music in troubled times

“I don’t know anyone in this country who will slip into that role,” Parisi says Michael was an industry spokesman; a spokeswoman for artists, for women, for indigenous artists It’s hard to fathom I mean, there are great leaders out there, but they don’t have the power Michael had and the exuberance and just the will to make things happenâ ????

Sally Howland, chairwoman of Peak Body Music Victoria, agrees. While she can count on ears at the Art Department level, only Gudinski had Prime Minister Daniel Andrewsâ ???? Cell phone number and a constant welcome to chew ideas for recovery at 2am every morning

“Of course, given the empire Michael had built over decades and decades, this had a huge impact,” She says, “That opened doors at the highest levels, and you know he wasn’t shy about an argument or one to have full debate about what should happen”I think which worked in his favor too was that he could get things done you know he was a real doer he got his hands dirty

When you talk about Michael there is a great distance in terms of who comes second to fill the lobby or business spaceâ ????

The lobbying in one form or another has been incessant. In his final months, Howland recalls, Gudinski called her a couple of times to get excited about his latest signings in his usual over-the-top fashion, Coppel recalls one Hushed time walking the streets of Toorak with his 50 year old friend He talked about the children, about the family and ideas about what he wanted to doâ ????

“He was like a father to me,” says Parisi, who had his last meeting with Gudinski just days before his death for advice and support on a new app development project. If I had a problem or a problem, I would always call him, he would always pick up the phoneâ ????

When asked for advice that stayed with him, he remembers the time Gudinski sold mushroom to Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited Group in 1998 (he knew he would) get it back one day ??? ?) and Parisi was appointed managing director

??????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????????????????? He said, “You can have this, put this in your pocket”And I’ve always used it. Every time I go to a meeting or negotiate with a band, Michael’s words ring in my head,” It’s always a yes until someone says no “- ????

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News – AU – Michael Gudinski’s death leaves a hole in the heart of Australian music