Michael Gudinski is, unquestionably, the most successful entrepreneur in the Australian Music Industry. Mushroom Records, which he founded in 1972, recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary from October 1997 to November 1998.
Born in 1952, Michael Gudinski is the son of Russian immigrants who arrived in Australia in 1948. Michael had his first taste of the music industry whilst attending Melbourne High School when he initiated booking bands for school dances. He first came to prominence as the manager of Australian rock legends, Chain, who gave Michael his first ever number one single with the classic 'Black & Blue'.
After selling his share in Mushroon, Michael Gudinski has expanded into the visual arts with his latest undertaking, Mushroom Pictures. Their first venture was 'Tribal Voice', a documentary on Australian indigenous group, Yothu Yindi. Mushroom Pictures first two feature films are 'Chopper', about the notorious Melbourne criminal and underworld figure Mark 'Chopper' Read, and 'Cut' a teen thriller starring Molly Ringwald and Kylie Minogue.
On the 20th October 1999 the AMI (Australian Marketing Institute), awarded Michael Gudinski the ultimate award for marketing excellence - 'The Sir Charles McGrath Australian Marketer of the Year Award' - the highest accolade for personal achievement an individual can receive from the AMI.
Michael Gudinski travels from Victoria Australia