by Michael Gudinski AM
Touring Co The
Mushroom Group The
Relief 2 Rock Concert Will Raise Funds For Queensland
Flood Victims, by Greg Tingle - 11th January 2011
promoter, the legendary Michael Gudinski, is hectic
contacting a swag of band managers after announcing
Sound Relief 2 would be put on to assist Queensland
hint Gudinski could very well ask Brisbane rock gods
Powderfinger to reunite - perhaps just one last time,
for the fundraiser, with dates for the concert yet
to be finalised nor publicly announced.
virgin Sound Relief concerts were held on March 14,
2009 to assist those affected by the Victorian bushfires
and Queensland floods, raising in excess of $7 million.
rock concerts took place simultaneously at the Sydney
Cricket Ground and Melbourne Cricket Ground and featured
a rip snorter line-up of artists including Jet, Kings
of Leon, Kasey Chambers, Jack Johnson, Kylie Minogue,
Coldplay, Taylor Swift and Olivia Newton-John.
station Triple J broadcast live music from both venues
and the major happening was screened on Foxtel's Max
and Channel V television channels.
partied hard on the Sunday evening after helping pull
in a huge $10 million bucks for the Queensland flood
relief appeal on Network 9.
Telethon hosts Eddie 'Everywhere' McGuire and Leila
McKinnon (wife on Network Nine boss David 'Gyng' Gyngell
chilled out and sank a drink or two in the bar of
Rydges Hotel in Brisbane, as the crew and volunteers
including Rescue Special Ops cast Katherine Hicks
and Peter Phelps celebrated the show's raving success.
PM Kevin Rudd was a pretty popular backstage and even
enjoyed some baby name talk with the then expectant
mum Catriona Rowntree, who we understand drove all
the way up from her holiday in Byron Bay to be part
of the historic evening.
actor Lisa McCune drove up with young son Archie after
a big of filming Sea Patrol on the Gold Coast.
and punters alike are hopefully that Gudinski will
be able to match, if not exceed this first Sound Relief
concert and the upcoming event is tipped to attract
massive amounts of mainstream and alternative press
coverage, as well as doing serious internet traffic
numbers. In short, it's bound to be a massive success
on many levels and will be one of the greatest concerts
of the decade if steps made to date are any indication.
Well done to all involved.
Solomon Gudinski AM (born 1952) is a Melbourne-based
entrepreneur and businessman who is a leading figure
in the Australian music industry.
was educated at Melbourne High School and Mount Scopus,
and was a school friend of several young musicians
who later became prominent on the Australian music
began promoting rock dances around Melbourne while
still in his teens and moved into music agency work
in the late 1960s. This led to the establishment of
the Consolidated Rock artist agency in around 1970.
the early 1970s Gudinski founded a short-lived music
magazine, Daily Planet, but the publication failed
to reach a wide audience and consistently lost money.
and fellow music agent Ray Evans formed Mushroom Records
in late 1972. The company's first album was an ambitious
triple-LP live recording of the 1973 Sunbury Festival.
In its first few years Mushroom released albums and
singles by some of the most significant Australian
rock acts of the period, including Madder Lake, Mackenzie
Theory and The Dingoes.
struggled to survive for its first two years, hampered
by lack of airplay on commercial radio, and the company
reportedly came close to folding on several occasions.
But the label was dramatically pushed to the forefront
of the Australian music scene in early 1975 following
the massive success of Skyhooks, whose debut album
became the biggest-selling Australian LP ever released
up to that time.
the same time, Gudinksi was convinced to sign expatriate
New Zealand band Split Enz, who had recently relocated
to Australia. Although they had only moderate success
for the first few years, Split Enz scored huge success
in 1980 with the release of their album True Colours
and the hit single "I Got You", which marked
the emergence of Neil Finn.
his ownership of Consolidated Rock, which later evolved
into the Premier Artists /Harbour Agency group, Gudinksi
became the major player on the Australian east coast
booking circuit, and enjoyed a virtual monopoly on
rock music bookings in Melbourne for much of the 1970s.
partnership with others (including Frank Stivala,
Philip Jacobsen and Ian James) he has diversified
his business interests to include most sections of
the music industry including venues, concert promoting,
merchandise, publishing and recording.
is often referred to as the "father of the Australian
music industry" -- a title he clearly enjoys
-- but it innaccurate and would be more fairly applied
to long-serving Festival Records head Alan Hely. The
garrulous and media-savvy Gudinski has been a highly
visisble public figure throughout his career, and
he is probably the only Australian record company
executive whose name is known by the general public.
Although typically portrayed as an energetic and outgoing
character, those who have worked with him can also
attest to his volcanic temper and his combative management
the early 1990s Gudinski sold 49% of Mushroom to News
Ltd, who had owned Australia's largest record label,
Festival Records since 1961. He controversially sold
his remaining 51% share to News in 1999 for a reported
AU$60 million, claiming that the sale was a protest
against the changes to Australia's parallel record
importation regulations, a stance many saw as disingenuous
November 2005, shortly after the sale of Festival
Mushroom's recording division to Warner Music Australia,
Gudinksi purchased Festival's publishing division
for an undisclosed sum.
current business interests include:
Mushroom Music Publishing
The Harbour Agency/Premier Artists - booking agents
Frontier Touring Company
Agent Mad - event promoters
ATM Australian Tour Merchandise
Music venues: Mercury Lounge, Ding Dong Lounge, Locker
On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List,
he was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
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