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Shine Like it Does

by Toby Creswell

The real story of a complex man whose star is still shining two decades after his death.

Michael Hutchence was a superstar, an internationally respected musician and a great bloke. There will never be another one to replace him. Born into an eccentric and difficult marriage, Hutch grew up in different countries before settling into suburban Sydney. He made friends with Andrew Farriss who provided a surrogate family. Andrew’s musicality and Michael’s charisma was from the start till the end the basis of INXS.

For five years INXS were single-minded in their pursuit of being the biggest band in the world. When that was achieved Michael felt the need to move away from a strictly pop life and he pushed himself into more challenging areas. That brought him into conflict with the band ? his band of brothers.

There was also the complication of being a sex god. Michael always led a very hedonistic life ? a lot of drugs and sex. While promiscuous Michael had a great fear of separation and also a great fear of causing hurt ? the ends of his relationships were inevitable and messy.


01 November, 2017

About Toby Creswell

Toby Creswell is an Australian music journalist and pop-culture writer. He was editor of Rolling Stone (Australia) and a founding editor of Juice. In 1986 he co-wrote, with Martin Fabinyi his first book Too Much Ain't Enough, a biography of pub rocker and former Cold Chisel vocalist Jimmy Barnes. Creswell has also written The Real Thing: Adventures in Australian Rock & Roll, 1957-Now in 1999; Love is in the Air: Stories of Australian Pop Music, a history of Australian pop music, to coincide with the ABC TV series Love is in the Air; and 1001 Australians You Should Know in 2006 (co-written with his partner, journalist Samantha Trenoweth). His book, 1001 Songs, is used by Brian Nankervis, creator, producer and adjudicator of the SBS program RocKwiz, as a source of information for questions. In 2012, Creswell was executive producer of Paul Kelly: Stories of Me, a documentary about Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.


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