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Michael : My brother, lost boy of INXS - Tina Hutchence


My brother, lost boy of INXS

Paperback Published: 26th September 2018
ISBN: 9781760633134
Number Of Pages: 320

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The life and death of the legendary lead singer of INXS, as remembered by his sister Tina.

He died at only 37 but his fans are legion. INXS singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence fronted a band that was the biggest in the world. Huge through the 1980s across the globe, INXS broke the mould by merging dance and rock with a sexy, infectious romanticism.

Michael's big sister Tina Hutchence has teamed up with rock writer Jen Jewel Brown to create a book blazing with love and adventure.

Tina adored Michael from the start. From a twelve-year-old holding him newborn in her arms to being his teenage nanny on the fringe of wild bushland in Sydney's north, she remained his trusted confidant until his sudden death at 37.

After the family relocated when he was four, the 1967 Hong Kong riots made a big impression on the growing schoolboy, kick-starting a politicisation which would result in the peace sign becoming his iconic pose.
By the time he was twenty, Michael had lived in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Los Angeles in at least seventeen different homes.

From faltering teenager with a lisp to raging rock star, Tina's close-range, detailed telling of her brother's story takes in the acquired brain injury that changed everything; the risky schemes that saw him named in the Paradise Papers expose of 2017; his secret philanthropy in support of East Timor and his bliss at the birth of his only child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.

A cry from the heart celebrating the 'lost boy of INXS', Michael Hutchence, this intimate biography shares the incredible, rollercoaster life of Australia's most enduring superstar.

About the Authors

Christina 'Tina' Hutchence was born in Melbourne, Australia and managed to attend school in all three eastern states across six schools in four years. As a teenager she moved to Hong Kong and followed her mother into the motion picture industry as a makeup artist, a career she continued in after moving to California in her early twenties. Tina currently teaches the art of makeup and travels the United States lecturing and demonstrating at major beauty shows. She is the mother of two children and the proud grandmother to 5.

Jen Jewel Brown was the first Down Under reporter for Rolling Stone Australia. She first met and interviewed Michael three times from mid-1980, also dueting with him on his first solo single, 'Speed Kills', from the soundtrack of Freedom (1982). When Professional Manager at MCA/Gilbey, Jen helped sign INXS to a worldwide music publishing deal which helped fund their overseas touring. The author, poet and journalist first met Tina when interviewing her for an essay about Max Q for the anthology Rock Country (2013). She's an interviewer for the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia and part of the writing Brains Trust for television/live show RocKwiz. Jen wrote Skyhooks: Million Dollar Riff (1975) and more recently, about Frank Zappa, an essay for the press kit of the documentary Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in his own words (2016) and liner notes for Frank Zappa/Mothers The Roxy Performances seven-album box set (2018).

Industry Reviews

'Lost boy Michael, who was my dear friend, and who is very much missed. All respect and thanks to Tina for sharing these stories and keeping the memory alive.'
Simon le Bon, songwriter / singer, Duran Duran

The truth is forever scattered across the ocean


How well do we really know our loved ones? We can be so close yet so far away... We are all spectators to each other's journey. Tina clearly loves her brother... however like us all she to is a spectator.



Fan or not, a fantastic read


Tons of illuminating titbits on not just INXS and Michael, but also the entire rock landscape of the decades that INXS ruled it and beyond, in Oz and out of it. Clearly written from a sibling's point of view, it's a very human book and paints Michael as a genuinely creative person



Michael My Brother, Lost Boy Of INXS


This book was truly beautifully written. Michael's sister Tina Hutchence and Rock Journalist Jen Jewel Brown takes the reader from Michael's nomadic adventurous childhood to becoming one of the worlds largest Rock Stars, to his heartbreaking end. The tell all in this book involves many of Michael's close friends; they have come out after 20 years issuing untold accounts about Michael. Friends like Mark Opitz, Richard Lowenstein, Ollie Olsen are to name a few. There are many narratives about Michael's partners Michelle Bennett, Rosanna Crash, Kylie Minogue, Helena Christensen, and Paula Yates. And of course there are lovely accounts about Michael's daughter Tiger, which shows there was nothing more important to him than his baby girl. The significant account in this book is the devastating head injury Michael endured in Copenhagen while with Helena in 1992. It speaks of how shattering Michael's (TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury was. How 'it changed him,' impaired his decisions, affected his career, and unfortunately contributed to his impulsive decision to end his life in 1997. Many fans from all over the world have no idea Michael endured this devastating traumatic brain injury, but this book will definitely help make what happened to Michael much clearer. I highly recommend this beautiful book written with love by both Michael's sister Tina and Jen. I literally could not put it down and didn't want it to end. All the information gives the reader a glimpse into the life of this charismatic frontman. We see the love, joy, and struggles of Michael. The book shows the depth of pain he endured and how his Traumatic Brain Injury affected the remaining 5 years of his life. Now Michael's Legacy can be remembered for what it's really about - his beautiful voice, his lyrics and his dynamic performance.




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ISBN: 9781760633134
ISBN-10: 1760633135
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th September 2018
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3