Record la­bel chief ’ didn’t want to know’ about fledg­ling Minogue

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

A NEW bi­og­ra­phy about mu­sic boss Michael Gudin­ski claims he was un­sure about sign­ing Kylie Minogue and thought she might ruin his rock cred­i­bil­ity.

“Michael didn’t want to know,” Gary Ash­ley, a for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Gudin­ski’s record la­bel Mush­room, says in the tell- all book by Stu­art Coupe.

“Was he happy about hav­ing a young TV star who re­ally couldn’t sing that well on Mush­room? No.”

The book also claims other staffers be­lieved sign­ing Minogue would “un­der­mine ( the com­pany’s) hard- earned rep­u­ta­tion as a la­bel whose core was cred­i­ble rock ' n' roll and qual­ity mu­sic”.

But Gudin­ski heeded the ad­vice of Ash­ley and for­mer pub­lic­ity man­ager Amanda Pel­man and signed Minogue in 1987.

Gudin­ski’s sis­ter Tina, whose two young chil­dren got ex­cited at the men­tion of Minogue, also helped con­vince him.

Ash­ley says Gudin­ski told him: “I don’t want any­body telling me what my record com­pany should or shouldn’t do. We do pop mu­sic. We do ev­ery­thing.”

LUCKY BREAK: Mush­room records boss Michael Gudin­ski with Kylie and Danni Minogue in 2009.

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