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Jimmy Barnes, Hilltop Hoods & More Pay Tribute To Michael Gudinski

The Australian music community is reeling from an absolutely incomparable loss, as it mourns Mushroom Group founder Michael Gudinski who passed away overnight. He was 68 years old.

Known for always championing Australian music above all else, Gudinski’s impact on the live music scene over the past 50 years is insurmountable. Last year alone, he was responsible for Music From The Home Front, The State Of Music and The Sound – all of which helped bring live music to Aussie music fans during a time when we were unable to leave the house.

As the community still comes to grips with the news, various musicians, industry figures and the like have taken to social media to share touching tributes to Gudinski, and sharing their experiences with the legend.

Jimmy Barnes posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram, writing “Michael Gudinski was not only that heart but he was my friend.

“He stood with me through my darkest moments and my most joyous days. Michael was the rock I reached for when life tried to wash me away. He never closed his door or his heart to me and my family.”


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Hilltop Hoods took to Twitter to write, “Michael Gudinski did a lot for people within the music industry and for the people of Australia, particularly over the last couple of years.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

ABC‘s Leigh Sales wrote, “There was never a greater champion for Australian music.

“He was also a huge supporter of the ABC and a real source of encouragement. A true legend.”

Read more tributes below.

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