MAX Special: 50 Years In Music For Molly Meldrum!

Foxtel’s MAX music channel celebrates Australia’s most iconic voice on music, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, on his fifty year milestone in the music industry by marking the occasion with an entire weekend dedicated to the man with the signature cowboy hat.
From the ground-breaking music show Countdown to Hey Hey It’s Saturday, it has been an extraordinary, eccentric and action packed ride for Molly and it’s not over yet. This December MAX pays tribute to Molly’s 50th year in the music industry, kicking off the weekend onSaturday December with Molly’s All Star Top 50 Countdown and culminating on Sunday December 7, with the premiere of Molly Meldrum: The Artist’s Story.

Molly Meldrum: The Artist’s Story is the first authorised biography, as told by Molly himself and all those on the inside of his career, uncovering the exclusive, untold story of one of Australia’s greatest music legends. The documentary unearths Molly’s finest musical moments, from the legendary interviews, to the moments that changed Molly and his viewing audience.
Celebrating Molly as a successful critic, journalist, presenter and record producer, this documentary utilises a wealth of archival footage as well as recent interviews to follow this iconic Australian chronologically through his illustrious career. The story of Molly Meldrum is told through exclusive interviews with Molly himself. MAX also speaks to some of the people who have impacted Molly’s life and career fromKylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes and Daryl Somers.
Described as the single most important influence in Australian pop music, Molly Meldrum is responsible for the institution that wasCountdown, and has spent the last four decades uncovering, showcasing and supporting emerging talent and promoting the finest music the world has to offer. From David Bowie and Madonna to Michael Jackson and Prince Charles, the world’s biggest artists and personalities have sat down to speak with him.

Mini-Series – The Life of Molly Meldrum

Screen Australia, the entertainment funding body, is to invest more than $12 million in the coming year on 11 new projects including the long-mooted TV drama on the life of Molly Meldrum.
Funding for the project was finalised last week. It has since been confirmed that the show, simply entitled Molly, will be produced by John Molloy (BoyTown (2006), Love Is a Four-Letter Word (2001) and The Last Time I Saw Richard (2014)), Michael Gudinski and entertainment agent and manager Mark Morrissey.

The two-part show will be directed by Kevin Carlin (Blue Heelers (1994), The Wedge(2006) and BoyTown (2006)) from a script by Australian playwrights Matt Cameron and Liz Doran. The project is expected to go into production later this year and will air on Channel Seven. Domestic and international sales will be handled by Mushroom Pictures.
“We have backed some of our great contemporary writers, directors and producers, alongside some exciting new voices,“ says Screen Australia Head of Production Sally Caplan.
“The projects target audiences as diverse as Australia is today, with projects which are ambitious, risk-taking and culturally important, revealing we have no shortage of great stories to tell. Who could resist…the story of music biz legend Molly Meldrum?”
The announcement follows this year’s success of the INXS mini-series. The two-part biopic Never Tear Us Apart saw a significant ratings boost for the Seven Network. The first part registered 1.974 million viewers, topping Nine Network’s Schapelle Corby docudrama which drew just 1.022 million viewers, apparently leading Nine Network Chief Dave Gyngell to quip, “If only Schapelle could sing.”

Last Days for Music, Melbourne + Me Exhibition!

Only a couple of days left for this AMAZING exhibition! Do yourself a favour!

This via the RMIT Gallery…

Music, Melbourne and Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture

Exhibition dates: 19 November 2013 – 22 February 2014
Final day of exhibition: Saturday 22 February, 2014
Time: Saturday 22 February: Open from 12 noon to 5 pm
Gallery closed 5-7 pm.
Evening: RMIT Gallery open 7 pm to 7 am for White Night Melbourne.

Curators: Suzanne Davies, RMIT Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Dr Kipps Horn, Program Director of RMIT’s Bachelor of Arts (Music Industry); with curatorial input from Michael Gudinski AM, CEO of the Mushroom Group of Companies.

About the exhibition

Music, Melbourne and Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture is a celebration of the last four decades of popular music represented through music, songs, posters, photographs, costumes, memorabilia and iconic rock venues.
Both visually and aurally rich, the major exhibition encapsulates the story behind the growth of the city’s music industry. It explores the success of Melbourne recording artists both nationally and internationally and highlights in particular the commencement and success of Australia’s biggest independent record label, Melbourne’s own Mushroom Records, founded by Michael Gudinski in 1972.
Melbourne, Music and Me catalogue
Exhibition Catalogue: A comprehensive record of the show, 90 pages, includes essays and full color photos. Cost $25, from RMIT Gallery reception, or $35 inc. postage & handling. Ph: (03) 9925 1717 for orders.
The free exhibition features many items from the Mushroom Groups 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.
The exhibition developed from research by RMIT’s School of Media and Communication into aspects of celebrity, nostalgia and popular music culture.
“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.
Music memories: Joe Camilleri and Paul Kelly, 1983, Walk On By. Photo: Mark Ashkanasy.
Music memories: Joe Camilleri and Paul Kelly, 1983, Walk On By.
Photo: Mark Ashkanasy.
Mr Gudinski said he was thrilled to be working together with RMIT Gallery to co-present Music, Melbourne & Me: 40 years of Mushroom and Melbourne’s Popular Music Culture.
“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 you will see 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 is a great way to celebrate the past and preview the future.”

Music, Melbourne & Me – 40 Years of Mushroom!

Music, Melbourne & Me, the Mushroom Exhibition at RMIT Gallery should be well and truly on your ‘to do’ list if you are in Melbourne – some amazing memorabilia going right back to Mushroom Music’s first day in business! You can imagine the reaction on my face when I came across the selection of Kylie costumes on display plus this poster size front cover of Smash Hits magazine from 1987! Here’s just a couple of snaps, you can see the rest of the album on my Facebook page – check them out!

The exhibition will run till February 22, 2014 at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Click READ MORE to view the Photo Gallery and check out the album on Facebook!

Molly Meldrum Speaks In Exclusive First Interview

Molly Meldrum has spoken exclusively to Channel Seven’s Jennifer Keyte in a one on one interview. Molly talks about the disastrous fall that almost killed him, his time in hospital, attempted getaway and his plans for the future. So glad to see Molly back and smiling… Things do look up, although the road ahead will be long and hard. TheAussieWord wishes him a healthy and speedy recovery.