Michael Gudinski was a rare blend of business nous and musical vision, entrepreneur and muse. His boundless passion for Australian music made him its greatest fan, and its most persuasive advocate.
He started Mushroom Records in 1973, when he was 19 - its first success was the era-defining Skyhooks album Living In The 70s.
Mushroom was one of the three Melbourne "M"s that launched the 70s - 80s Australian music boom, the others being Molly Meldrum and Michael Gudinski.
He had been inspired by the top Aussie bands of his youth - The Twilights, The Groove, The Groop and many more. Michael had the same enthusiasm for each new generation of bands and performers.
With courage and faith, this perceptive, persistent man, built a great treasure house of Australian song, and touched all of our lives.
Listen to my tribute to Michael - and the Spotify of Mushroom Records music.
Richard is a writer, podcaster, radio and TV broadcaster, an editor, and a lover of music. He tells the stories of how great songs are made, and of the people who make them.