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Untold Stories & Rare Footage: ‘EGO: The Michael Gudinski Story’

Mushroom Studios has unveiled ‘EGO: The Michael Gudinski Story,’ in cinemas across the country. A captivating documentary that chronicles the extraordinary career and profound impact of Michael Gudinski on Australian music and culture. This film takes audiences on a rollicking journey spanning 50 years. Moreover, it offers a rare glimpse into the life of a legendary figure in the music industry. Tickets are on sale now

Watch The Official Trailer Below:

Listen Below to hear Michael Gudinski’s son and now CEO of Mushroom, Matt Gudinski as he joins Matty O to chat about the film

A Cultural Movement and Music Empire:

‘EGO: The Michael Gudinski Story’ serves as the definitive account of Michael Gudinski’s rock ‘n’ roll life. It delves into the inner workings of Australia’s iconic music company, the Mushroom Group. Directed by the acclaimed Paul Goldman, known for his expertise in documentary and music video direction, the film uncovers untold stories from influential artists worldwide. It also showcases never-before-seen archive footage spanning half a century.

Unparalleled Influence and Unorthodox Tactics:

Through personal accounts from Gudinski himself, his family, and renowned artists such as Jimmy Barnes, Vika & Linda Bull, Garbage, Dave Grohl, Paul Kelly, Kylie Minogue, Mark Seymour, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting, ‘EGO: The Michael Gudinski Story’ sheds light on the unique qualities that made Gudinski a trailblazer. It further highlights the profound impact he had on the Australian music scene, resonating globally.

1981 – Sting, Michael Gudinski and The Police.
Credit: Mushroom Group Archives

The Mushroom Empire:

In 1972, a young Michael Gudinski launched Mushroom Group. The company quickly grew into the largest independent and most influential music and entertainment company in Australia and New Zealand. Gudinski fearlessly took risks, signing and nurturing iconic bands like Skyhooks, Split Enz, and Kylie Minogue, and releasing their legendary hits. Moreover, he orchestrated massive stadium tours for international stars such as Springsteen, Foo Fighters, and Ed Sheeran. From successful ventures to occasional setbacks, Gudinski built a thriving music empire, leaving behind an enduring legacy.

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A Maverick Path:

‘EGO: The Michael Gudinski Story’ documents Michael Gudinski’s exhilarating journey over five decades. It showcases how he carved out his own unorthodox path, driven by his unwavering ambition and deep passion for Australian music. A true music man, impresario, and hustler, Gudinski constantly risked everything for his obsession. At the age of 19, he launched Mushroom Records and nurtured a multitude of iconic artists that shaped the Australian music landscape.

1982 – Michael Gudinski and MUSHROOM at desk in Dundas Lane.
Credit: Mushroom Group Archive

Leaving a Lasting Impression:

From his humble beginnings as the son of immigrant Jewish parents in Melbourne, Michael Gudinski transformed into a bold international player and a household name in Australia. The film delves into his eccentricities and audacity, revealing the psyche of a man who became the face of a cultural movement. Additionally, it highlights how he built a music empire, with his artists providing the soundtrack of a nation. Gudinski’s remarkable story serves as a testament to the power of self-confidence and determination.

More Info on ‘EGO: The Michael Gudinksi Story’ Here

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