It’s been several months since I’ve sat down to read and review a book. Granted, things have been hectic and things sometimes get in the way of life.
What better way to get back into the swing of things, so to speak, than by reading a biography of Michael Hutchence?
You see, Michael Hutchence is one of my all-time favorite singers, songwriters, actors, poets, entertainers, etc. I was obsessed with INXS from my late teens, early twenties, and even now that I’m reaching fifty. I special ordered imports of the first two albums, recited lyrics with my friends, and stared at his poster on my bedroom wall along with millions of others. Everything he did was magical, intriguing, and mysterious. It still is. Michael: My Brother , Lost Boy of INXS is different than the countless biographies written documenting his life. This book is written by his sister Tina Hutchence with Jen Jewel Brown. This is the one I trust most.
Michael: My Brother , Lost Boy of INXS documents pivotal moments within the Hutchence family from childhood to superstardom and everything in between. There are moments where I’m transported to a holiday celebration with loved ones in France or while he’s alone with a book absorbing every word the novelist has written so carefully. Tina explains that her brother roamed the world with a book in his hand and one in his suitcase, a golden rule to live by in my opinion. Her story pulls back the curtain and reveals things I never knew and likely will do the same for you. He is much greater than the man onstage performing for the masses or the tabloid nonsense circulating before and after his loss. Another important topic is discussed: TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Michael suffered from this due to an attack by an impatient taxi driver. The book sheds light on subject matter that isn’t discussed as much as it should.
Tina keeps Michael’s memory alive by sharing his story and it is done with eloquence.
This is a mandatory read for the fan of INXS and Michael Hutchence. I guarantee it will spark many emotions. If it doesn’t, you don’t have a heart or soul. Michael had a lot of both.
Buy Michael: My Brother, Lost Boy of INXS here: Amazon
He died at only 37 but his fans are legion. INXS singer/songwriter Michael Hutchence was the celebrated front-man of a band that was the biggest in the world. Michael’s big sister, Tina, adored him from the start.
From a 12-year-old holding him in her arms as a newborn, to being his teenage nanny, Tina remained Michael’s trusted confidant until his sudden death. Tina’s intimate and detailed telling of her brother’s story—from faltering teenager with a lisp to raging rock star—blazes with love and adventure, and includes the acquired brain injury that changed everything for Michael; 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.
Throughout Michael a paper trail of the literature he loved gives clues to the man many see as an enigma. This personal and heartfelt biography shares the private moments of an adored brother, son, and father.