Sound Relief

Sound Relief

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Sound Relief



Sound Relief 2 Rock Concert Will Raise Funds For Queensland Flood Victims, by Greg Tingle - 11th January 2011

Music 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 flood victims.

Insiders 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Radio station Triple J broadcast live music from both venues and the major happening was screened on Foxtel's Max and Channel V television channels.

Celebs partied hard on the Sunday evening after helping pull in a huge $10 million bucks for the Queensland flood relief appeal on Network 9.

TV 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.

Ex 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.

Popular actor Lisa McCune drove up with young son Archie after a big of filming Sea Patrol on the Gold Coast.

Insiders 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.



Michael Solomon Gudinski AM (born 1952) is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur and businessman who is a leading figure in the Australian music industry.

He 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 scene.

Gudinski 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.

In 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.

Gudinski 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.

Mushroom 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.

Around 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.

Through 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.

In 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.

Gudinski 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 style.

In 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 and hypocritical.

In 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.

Gudinksi's current business interests include:

Liberation Records
Mushroom Music Publishing
Mushroom Pictures
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 Room

On 12 June 2006, in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, he was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia. (Credit: Wikipedia).


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