Music Melbourne + Me

40 Years of Mushroom & Melbourne's Music Culture

An RMIT Gallery & Mushroom Collaboration

Presented by Bank of Melbourne

Free Entry

19 Nov 2013 - 3 Mar 2014

RMIT Gallery - 344 Swanston St


Over five rooms of amazing Melbourne music memorabilia dating back from 1970, including personal items kindly loaned by Kylie Minogue, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, Crowded House, Skyhooks, Red Symons, Split Enz and Michael Gudinski and The Mushroom Group who are celebrating their 40th anniversary and much, much more.

Public Talks

Michael Gudinski and Lee Simon ‘Mushroom, Music and Melbourne’

Thursday 21 November 2013 @ 5.30 – 7.00pm

Michael Gudinski, CEO of the Mushroom Group, started Mushroom Records, Mushroom Artists and Premier Artists in 1972. The name and tireless entrepreneur behind Australia’s biggest independent record label, Michael is a savvy businessman with a passion for music. In this fascinating public talk, he reveals his journey in the Australian music industry over the past 40 years as he tours the exhibition Music, Melbourne + Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Music Culture, speaking with radio personality Lee Simon. Lee Simon currently hosts Triple M Melbourne’s Rock Of Ages show from 12 noon to 1pm weekdays and is the Director of AFL Football broadcasts for the Southern Cross Radio Network. He is a longtime friend and colleague of Michael Gudinski.

Where Were You? Music, Memory and Nostalgia; Dr Kipps Horn and Ed Nimmervoll.

Tuesday 26 November 2013 @ 1.00-1.30pm

One of the key themes of the exhibition is the importance of music in triggering memory and nostalgia, individually and collectively. Music and especially live music, brings together people and plays a part in our significant public and personal events, triumphs and introspection. Exhibition curator Dr Kipps Horn speaks with Ed Nimmervoll, a former music journalist and went onto become Editor of Melbourne music publications Go Set in the 1970’s and Juke Magazine in the 1980’’s. An active and keen historian of Australian music, Ed is a highly respected voice in the Melbourne music industry.

Fame, Celebrity and Music; Dr Kipps Horn and singer Ella Hooper.

Tuesday 3 December 2013 @ 1.00-1.30pm

Why do people gravitate to the music industry? It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll and a desire to make music and connect with audiences must be paramount in the face of set backs. But what happens when fame strikes and a musician becomes – a celebrity? How does it change them, and their relationship with the audience? Exhibition curator Dr Kipps Horn speaks with Ella Hooper – whose twitter handle proclaims her as a “Singer/Songwriter/Presenter/'Slashie'” Ella fronted four times ARIA Award-winning group Killing Heidi with her brother Jesse. She's also gaining recognition as a solo artist, and knows about the desire for – and pitfalls of – fame and celebrity both first hand and as host of Telstra's Road to Discovery digital masterclasses to help emerging artists navigate the notoriously tough music industry.

Sticky Carpets: Melbourne’s Music Venues; Dr Kipps Horn talks to Graham ‘Scrooge’ Madigan on International Roadies Day.

Thursday 12 December 2013 @ 1.00-1.30pm

One –two, one-two. That’s – 12 isn’t it? Exhibition curator Dr Kipps Horn speaks with one of Australia’s most revered and legendary Tour Managers - Graham Madigan aka ‘Scrooge’ who travelled the world with many touring entourages, he was also Daddy Cool’s original roadie.

Mark Seymour – public talk

Wednesday 12 February 2014 (time TBC)

(Note - Location: RMIT University, the new Swanston Academic Building, Building 80, 427 – 433 Swanston Street, level 2 room 7)

Whilst respected Australian musician Mark Seymour maybe best known for his work as singer and songwriter of rock band Hunters & Collectors, he has also successfully pursued a solo career, releasing a number of solo albums and gaining fame as a nominee for two ARIA Awards. In this informative and frank public talk, Mark addresses a range of issues affecting musicians that are also revealed as key themes in the exhibition Music, Melbourne & Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture.

Dr Kipps Horn and Richard Lowenstein in conversation, PLUS Film Screening Dogs in Space.

Thursday 13 February @ 5.30 – 8.30 pm

Lowenstein’s iconic 1986 Australian Dogs in Space starred Michael Hutchence as Sam,the drug-addled frontman of the fictitious band from which the film takes its name. Dr Kipps Horn and Richard Lowenstein discuss the Melbourne indie band scene and the hard-living rock culture and the 1980s live music scene, before a screening of the movie within the exhibition space.

Glitter Rock to Grunge: Music and Fashion, Associate Professor Robyn Healy, RMIT Fashion and students.

Wednesday 19 February 2014 @ 1.00-2.00 pm

Preening and prancing and demands a whole new wardrobe to express itself and dazzle audiences. In this fascinating insight into what makes good stage outfits, Associate Professor Robyn Healy speaks with RMIT fashion students past and present about making stunning costumes for the divas who command the pulsating and demanding world of rock music.

Dr Kipps Horn and Lynn-Maree Milburn Richard Lowenstein in conversation on performance cults. Plus: Film Screening Autoluminescent

Thursday 20 February 2014 @ 5.30 – 8.30 pm

Using archival footage and interviews the 2011 documentary Autoluminescent, directed by Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn stars Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard and Mick Harvey. Rowland S. Howard joined Cave and Mick Harvey in Melbourne’s The Boys Next Door in 1978; when the band relocated to London they became The Birthday Party. Dr Kipps Horn, Lynn-Maree Milburn and Richard Lowenstein discuss performance cults and the punk scene in Melbourne.


iPhone App

The Music, Melbourne + Me App is designed to enhance your exhibition experience and includes a stack of features including:

  • Audio and Video Interviews
  • News
  • Chat
  • Photos
  • Music
  • and much more

Download the Music, Melbourne + Me App for your iPhone, iPad, Tablet or Android phone and celebrate with us 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s vibrant music scene.

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Monday to Friday - 11am to 5pm

Thursday - 11am to 7pm

Saturday - 12pm to 5pm

Closed Sundays, public holidays and 25 December to January 1