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INXS Story To Story: The Official Autobiography Hardcover – 21 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition First Printing edition (21 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593055179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593055175
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A true story of sex, drugs and rock and roll . . .

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In 1979, three brothers and their three best mates from Sydney formed a band called INXS and recorded an album that would launch them on an incredible journey, from playing Australia’s beaches and pubs to the world’s biggest concert venues. Along the way, they’d sell 30 million albums, rack up seventeen hit songs in the United States alone, and experience a life of sex, drugs and supermodels to rival any in rock history. This is their story. INXS broke new musical ground. In songs like ‘Need You Tonight’, ‘New Sensation’, ‘Devil Inside’, ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ and ‘Suicide Blonde’, they turned rock, pop and funk into a cutting edge, danceable style that took the world by storm. Touring the world, they grew up together and made new fans on every continent. In this autobiography, they reveal for the first time everything they experienced in their more than two decades of making music: the partying, the women, the clashes in the recording studio, the wild times on the road, the heights and depths of rock star life, the bonds of brotherhood and friendship that got them through the tough times. They talk about the sadness of watching their closest friend and collaborator, Michael Hutchence, slipping away from them and offer their own thoughts about why he left them too soon. Much has been written about INXS over the years, but nothing before has been authorized by them or has reflected their point of view. This is all the history that INXS was never willing to talk about until now, and the book that every rock fan will need to own.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "stephpsycho" on 4 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book by Anthony Bozza is about the beginning of INXS and throughout the whole book tells you things about Michael Hutchence that mnay people would not know and also gave information on each band member. The INXS members talk about Michael honsetly and talk about the devestation they felt when Michael died. There are also a few pictures included when they are all young to the present time. the only thing wrong is there were not many pictures included but other then that it is prefect this is a great buy for INXS fans and for Michael Hutchence fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on 12 April 2014
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If you've ever been interested in INXS and Michael Hutchence this book makes a gripping read. Years of graft in Australia leading to a peak of international success before the decline and fall. I saw the band live in 2002, after the event you might say, and was fascinated. Then there's the whole tragedy of Hutchence, Yates and Geldof. It's been a perverse coincidence that the death of Peaches Geldof has been announced while I was reading this book. The book tells you the whole story from the point of view of all the band members, backed up by material from Kirk Pengilly's meticulous diaries. R-R-R-R Read It!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Feb. 2006
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this, and to be honest having grew up with INXS and seeing it all decline like it did, wasn't sure I wanted to read it. The early third of the book seems quite disjointed and disparate in a lot of ways. Not necessarily badly written, but it's a bit tough to keep track of who is "talking" at times, and it jumps across time periods too. Which can be a bit tricky to keep up with, and at times detracts from the read.
But then it gels and you end up realising it was all quite necessary because of how things that happened early on in INXS's career impacted later. Before you know it, you are engrossed and becoming completely lost in what was unfolding for the band. It's very no holds barred but without being the slightest bit sensationalist and I was very impressed that the band, Chris Murphy and all significant others from over the years didn't gloss over or glamorise what went on.
Did my love of the band over the last 18 years influence my opinion of the book? No. It prompted interest to pick it up, and it certainly made the closing chapters about the decline of Michael and his death very hard to read, but it's a wonderful book period. I did originally agree with the other four star criticism about the lack of photographs, but in hindsight I don't think it detracted too much. There are so many other coffee table type photo heavy books about the band, I'd say it was probably a good thing leaving them out and not having to compromise on the text or pictorial content.
A well written book, engrossing and hard to read from an emotional point of view, but if you want to get a good view of what happened in INXS through the years, I wouldn't trust or recommend any other book.
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By Nicholas Dumayne on 2 April 2014
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Nothing more to add in fact. This is a very well documented book. Great stories, both musical and non musical.
Also a great testimony of what was the music in the late 70's/80's
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