Michael Gudinski AM b1952
Michael Solomon Gudinski was born in 1952 to Russian immigrants who had arrived in Australia in 1948.
The Frontier Touring Company, founded by Gudinski in 1979, has twice been voted the ‘No 1 International Touring Company in the World’.
Michael Gudinski is one of Australian music industry’s most legendary figures. His many
business interests reflect the multiple facets of his personality, his talents and the vibrant world in which he works. Michael Solomon Gudinski was born in 1952 to Russian immigrants who had arrived in Australia in 1948. Educated at Melbourne High School and Mount Scopus College, he was still in his teens when he began promoting rock dances around Melbourne. A move into music agency work in the late 1960s led to the establishment of the Consolidated Rock artist agency and the music magazine Daily Planet.
In 1972 Gudinski and business partner Ray Evans staged, managed and booked the entertainment for the history-making inaugural Sunbury Festival. In the same year he founded Mushroom Music, which is now the country’s principal independent music publishing house, and Mushroom Records, which became Australia’s largest independent label.
Mushroom’s first release was a triple-disc of the 1973 Sunbury Festival, but it was the 1975 release of Skyhooks’ debut LP that established it as a major label: Living in the 70s became the biggest-selling Australian LP released up to that time. Gudinski’s next important signing was the expatriate New Zealand band Split Enz. Their 1980 album True Colours and the hit single ‘I Got You’ were huge successes.
The Frontier Touring Company, founded by Gudinski in 1979, has twice been voted the ‘No 1 International Touring Company in the World’. The company has toured some of the world’s finest artists, including Billy Joel, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue and many more.
Consolidated Rock eventually evolved into Premier Artists Talent (Melbourne) and the Harbour Agency (Sydney); now the largest talent booking organisation in the country, they represent the cream of Australian live music.
Australian Tour Merchandising (ATM), which Gudinski established in 1983, has grown into the principal live music merchandising company in Australia. ATM represents many major international merchandising companies and nurtures relationships with emerging and independent artists.