Michael Gudinski & Jimmy Barnes
Source: Mushroom Group

Why Michael Gudinski Didn’t Sign Cold Chisel

Jimmy Barnes has paid tribute to his friend and mentor Michael Gudinski.

This week marks two years since the death of Michael, who helped shape the Australian music industry. His label Mushroom signed bands including Skyhooks, Hunters and Collectors and the Angels.

Jimmy confirmed the story that Michael actually turned down signing Cold Chisel.

“He could have signed Cold Chisel in about 1975 and he went ‘Nah, they’re not gonna work. I was his mate then. I said ‘What are you doing!’”

Jimmy Barnes, On Michael Gudinski turning down Cold Chisel

Barnes signed to Mushroom for his solo career, which saw him become one of Australia’s most successful musicians.

“I’ve known Michael for 50 years, worked together for 40, literally been through hell and high water. Michael and I had been through everything, we’d seen the highs and lows. I have a great career and it wouldn’t have happened without Michael there.”

Jimmy Barnes, On Michael Gudinski

If you’re a music fan, you can’t miss this in depth look into Michael’s incredible life and unparalleled legacy in Michael Gudinski: The Ultimate Music Man

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