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Just a Man-the Real Story of Michael Hutchence Hardcover – March 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgewick & Jackson (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283063564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283063565
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This odd biography will primarily appeal to hardcore fans of INXS, a wildly successful Australian group of the 1980s whose waning popularity in the 1990s ended abruptly with the 1997 suicide of its charismatic lead singer, Michael Hutchence. Written by the singer's sister and mother, the book combines basic facts of Hutchence's early life and his rise to stardom with an almost too-intimate view of the authors' feelings ("That night I was so exhausted: it felt as if all of my emotions had been drained and laid on the sidewalk for strangers to trample"). Payback is the book's primary raison d'?tre: the authors have clearly not forgiven the singer's management for attempting to bilk him out of money, his various girlfriends especially the late Paula Yates, Bob Geldof's ex for spreading rumors that Hutchence's suicide was some mysterious and kinky sexual adventure gone wrong, and the Australian media for hounding the grieving family. The narrative, split between the sister and the mother, repeats itself frequently, especially about the singer's childhood; a more conventional biographical style (or a professional co-writer) could have sidestepped that problem. Also, while INXS was popular, the authors are too close to make any hard critical judgments about the band's merit. However, the last 80 pages or so, which detail not only the horrible, secretive financial management given to Hutchence but also his family's difficult and expensive efforts to find out the truth, is a gripping tale that every would-be pop star should read. Photos. (July 1)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

As lead singer and frontman of the internationally popular Australian rock group INXS, Michael Hutchence cultivated the image of a sex symbol living the high life. In this heartfelt and intimate book, his sister Tina and mother, Patricia, look back at a life entangled in multiple personal relationships, complex financial arrangements, and increasingly erratic behavior, which overshadowed and eventually overwhelmed his music. All of these factors, explored thoroughly by the authors, culminated in Hutchence's suicide by hanging in a Melbourne, Australia, hotel room in 1997. Subsequently, the world media (as well as lovers and business associates) had a field day with the sometimes sordid details of the singer's personal life. This biography effectively balances that record, in addition to being a statement of familial love. Though well written, it will not find much of an audience outside of INXS diehards, who are few and far between in the States. A marginal purchase for all but the most comprehensive rock music collections. David M. Turkalow, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I knew Michael Hutchence - just a little, not much.
She wouldn't haven't taken drugs and OD'ed in front of her child and leaving her child alone while she (Yates) died.
Irish Gal
Thank you for sharing with us so many details of your private life.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Marlo J. Weiss on May 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If the 80's are the decade of excess, the Australian band INXS became its poster child, as its six members appeared to be rocking hard and living fast. Compared to Jagger and Morrison, ringlet crowned, lead singer Michael Hutchence slithered sensually with his soulful sound, perfecting the art of close microphone singing. The band would have celebrated 20 creative years together, but fell short of such a milestone. On November 22, 1997, the voice fell silent.
In the years since, Hutchence is still not at peace: a delayed posthumous release of a solo album; his estate still in dispute; his only child, orphaned recently, living with the man whom Michael feared would take her. And many questions still remain, prompting the creation of numerous television specials, magazines, websites, and books.
A fourth book, released on the eve of the third anniversary of Hutchence's passing, with a second printing soon to hit shelves, JUST A MAN has sparked a heated debate amongst "INXSaries", the loyal fans of Hutchence's band. Written by the late singer's sister and mother, Tina Hutchence and Patricia Glassop pay tribute to and set the record straight in a journey spanning time zones and continents. Subtitled "The Real Michael Hutchence", it is the most revealing, fully-dimensional portait of an "ordinary man living an extraordinary life."
From its opening, it is clear that this is an account like none other previously released. The book begins at one of the most tragic moments in a person's life as both daughter and mother recount receiving the tragic news regarding their loved one. Hutchence and Glassop, each represented by a distinguished font, reveal and corroborate stories from their own viewpoints in their own words.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By liz on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the book interesting, and also upsetting regarding the shabby way the family was treated after Michael's death. It is a highly personal account regarding family buisness. There are a fair number of photos, 'tho I think that they would have been better if put in chronological order, less mixed up.
I do not agree that the authors should have 'kept it to themselves' - If you're constantly lied about and slagged-off in the Press, it's understandable that you should want to put the record straight.
The book was finnished before Ms Yates' death, which though tragic does not automatically turn her into a Saint beyond reproach.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Laura Pavlik on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have always been a fan of INXS, although I never
knew much about Michael as a person. I became interested
in his life after he took his life. I have to say this
was a hard book to come across, when I did find it..
it was a book hard to put down, even though I knew
the ending. His sister and mother put out a very good
book and they should be proud of brother and son.
I found Michael trying to please everyone but himself.
Trying to keep up in the rock and roll life. Yes, he
had tons of talent but I felt he would of been better
off not leading this life but to settle down with his
true love Michele, having children and being a "normal
person". He was such a tender person, loved his family
and most of all he loved his Tiger. Much too sad he
could not see her to grow up. I also feel if Paula Yates
had not entered his life, he would be alive. He was very
well grounded until he met her...Rest in peace Michael
your music will always live on. And may Tiger grow up
well adjusted and to know she had a father who loved
her. And for Paula, your demons are now at rest, but
how sad to take your life with your daughter around
But I am sure that Sir Bob will take care of Tiger
very well. Closing thoughts, Michael had a great family
who adored him and did what they could. Thank you for
this great read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Relly on March 7, 2014
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I could not put this book down because it was so interesting. Michael had such a fantastic life and family. This book shows how depression is an illness and how he suffered with it. I cried and I laughed with the stories told in this book. He is dearly missed by his family, friends and fans.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ChiliGurl on January 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I remember being a teenager in the US and heard this amazing sound coming from my radio! I had to know who it was! I called the radio station and the DJ said it was new band from OZ called INXS. I was hooked from day one. Soon after that, "Don't Change" came out and I HAD to have it!! I went to the mall and used all of my money to buy "Shabooh Shoobah"!! Had to have it! I learned all the songs and made my own dance moves. It was such an innocent time of life. As I grew older, so did Michael and the band. But the CORE INXS sound was there. I saw INXS a few times live, and Michael stole the show. He made it seem as if he were singing directly to you. The ambiguous sensuality, teasing, come-hither look were a natural for Michael. I've never seen a showman before, and I doubt if I will ever see one of his caliber again.

I read the book page to page....interestingly enough to see all of the holes in Kell's side of the story. I even made communication soon after the spreading of ashes at sea with Dennis (aka DIPA). What an odd consequence to an even stranger death. By someone who was loved by the world.

This book brought a new light on things. I suffered from severe depression. Michael had his struggles. But both of us sought new light from somewhere. Tina and Patricia have summed up the other part of the story that I'd never heard. Very heartwarming and inviting, it was. It wasn't all about depression and death and mourning. Yes, at times it was of these things but I found it mostly about Michael being happy and content, always up for a good laugh!

It brought new smiles to my face.

I do have to commend Tina and Patricia on their delicate way of dealing with Paula Yates. They are better women than I can ever hope to be.
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