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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Molly Meldrum

2004
Robin Sellick

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 60.5 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 47.3 cm x 40.5 cm)

Ian 'Molly' Meldrum AM (b. 1946) has a long history of involvement and influence in the Australian rock music industry. Although he is a music journalist and producer, he is best known as the host of the ABC television program Countdown, which ran from 1974 to 1987, and for his more recent regular segment on the Melbourne based national television program Hey Hey it's Saturday. In his Countdown years Meldrum was able to persuade the biggest stars of the international music scene to appear with him on set, with some memorable interlocutors including Prince Charles, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Madonna. During this period it was difficult for any act, local or international, to achieve a major commercial hit without his exhorting viewers to 'do themselves a favour' by purchasing it. He is rumoured to be writing a multi-volume autobiography.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2004
© Robin Sellick

Artist and subject

Robin Sellick (age 37 in 2004)

Molly Meldrum (age 58 in 2004)

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

Robin Sellick (5 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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