Music, Melbourne and Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne's Popular Music Culture was a celebration of the last four decades of popular music.
Both visually and aurally rich, the major exhibition encapsulated the story behind the growth of the city's music industry. It explored the success of Melbourne recording artists both nationally and internationally and highlighted in particular the commencement and success of Australia's biggest independent record label, Melbourne's own Mushroom Records, founded by Michael Gudinski in 1972.
The free exhibition featured many items from the Mushroom Group’s extensive memorabilia collection, plus items never before seen in public exhibition from the personal collections of Michael Gudinski, Ian 'Molly' Meldrum, Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Split Enz and Crowded House.
“Melbourne is Australia's home of live music and over the past 40 years, live music venues, fashion and all other aspects of fandom and celebrity have become integral to the lives of many Melburnians – something this exhibition will celebrate," said RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies.
Ms Davies said the extensive free public programs associated with the exhibition would enhance audience’s experience and understanding of the many aspects to popular music culture.
Mr Gudinski said he was thrilled to work with RMIT Gallery to co-present the exhibition.
"I'm very proud of the many achievements and huge success of the Mushroom Group artists and companies. I'm equally as excited that so many Melbourne artists have also achieved success both nationally and internationally, many of whom were represented in this exhibition at RMIT Gallery," he said.
"Melbourne is certainly one of the greatest cities in the world to enjoy music and this exhibition was a great way to celebrate the past and preview the future."