Intimate insight from sister
Michael Tina Hutchence, Allen & Unwin, $36.99 .. .. ..
.. .. Michael Hutchence lived life in the fast lane, and like many others, his flame was extinguished much too soon, seemingly an accident from a risky attempt to self gratification. Hutchence's life was also laid bare to the world, as the high-profile frontman for world-beating Aussie band INXS.
There were many other sides to the man who walked that life, and this new book from his older sister, Tina, helps us to better understand what can go on, away from the limelight that he occupied 24/7.
As a 12-year-old, Tina Hutchence held her newborn brother in her arms for the first time. Their relationship developed so that she became his confidant throughout his too short life. It's an intimate story that only Tina could tell. Long ago secrets are now shared, including a brain injury that impacted his public life. And especially the love he had for his only child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily.
Literature too played a significant role in Michael Hutchence's life. Never was he without at least one book at hand. Tina takes us into a totally different side from the rock star that was available to his fans, and those who saw him in a different way. It's a personal and heartfelt sharing the rollercoaster life of one of Australia's and the world's top rock talents. —