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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Listen To Older Voices : Mike Rudd – Part 1



Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 1 Welcome to another program in the award winning series of LTOV’s. This is the first part of a 4-part program. This is the fantastic story of the the Life and Times of Baby Boomer,  NZ born and Australian adopted iconic musician – Mike Rudd.

Mike was born in NZ and cut his musical teeth in that country before arriving in Australia in the middish 1960’s. It was in Australia where he formed the brilliant and much loved Spectrum.

Going on to create and head a number of other well know and much loved groups, in this part of Mike’s story we learn that the genesis of his musical career actually started with him as a young chorister.

However, with the massive music changes sweeping through during the 1960’s he knew that being a musician in a band was where his future lay.

We learn how he made his first guitar, which wasn’t exactly 100% useable and makes for a great story. Yet, with this project, Mike knew he was hooked.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 1
Mike – wearing his Christ’s College uniform at the annual school dance with his home-built guitar and home-built speaker box

In his words, the music he and his NZ band played was really superficial pop. A good learning base but it bought him no creative satisfaction – he needed more!

We learn of the circumstances that led Mike to leaving what he describes as “the dark cellar” of a rented house to come to Australia where, very quickly his career started to blossom.

listen to older voices : mike rudd – part 1
Mike in his NZ group – the Chants [circa 1966]

Click to hear – Mike Rudd – Part 1


Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

– 2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth 
Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times