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Just A Man (HB): The Real Michael Hutchence Hardcover – 6 Oct 2000

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson; Reprints edition (6 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0283063564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0283063565
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tina Hutchence, the daughter of Patricia Glassop and sister of Michael Hutchence, is a professional make-up artist for film andTV who runs her own business in Burbank, California. Patricia Glassop lives in Queensland, on Australia's Gold Coast. Formerly married to Kelland Hutchence, she too is a professional make-up artist, running her own school, and a former model. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.


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Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to a general insight into Micheal life as a famous rock star who tradgically died at an early age. Most peole would agree that Michael loved Paula Yates and his daughter Tiger very much. However this book destroys this view. Infact his sister Tina did not have a good word to say about any of his girlfriends except of course when they happened to be friends of hers first. You have to stop many times and ask yourself if the book is about Michael's life or Tina's. I am afraid to say she is full of self pity and wants the world to feel sorry for her. She is full of self praise and continues to remind you that Michael loved her with continual quotes. She did not like Helena, Kylie or Paula infact anyone who was close to her brother. The best parts were from his Mother but I'm afraid she is understandably bitter. You live in hope that Paula Yates did not read it because it seemed a personal attack at times. Michael was extremely talented and I believe the book should have promoted this in his memory. The saving grace for the book is that it gives information of a web address set up by Michael's father. This is a gem for all Michael's fans. I am happy to add it includes both Paula and Tiger therefore showing that the family are not continuing this bitter attack on a woman who just happened to fall in love with their son.
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Having read virtually all of the other biographies written about Michael Hutchence I was keen to add this to my collection. The book is an extremely personal and heartfelt collection of loving memories for a lost brother and son. His mother and sister have gone to great lengths to show an unseen caring and loving side to the personality of who was no doubt a very gifted and yet complicated man. The book is littered with photographs of his family and also his beautiful daughter Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily. It also sheds light on Michael's relationships with women, revealing his sisters frustration at Michaels 'emotional immaturity' as he leapt from one relationship to another.
However, I feel that it is almost immpossible for his family to give an accurate account of his life, when, by their own admission, they did not see him for up to ten months of each year for the last fifteen years of his life. The book also raises numerous questions about his estate, which I feel were not fully answered by the author. Despite this, I did enjoy the book and found it to throughly readable, and a must for any fan wanting to discover 'The Real Michael Hutchence'.
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The book begins with an account of 22nd November 1997, the sad and tragic day the world lost a bright and shining star. It goes on to describe Michael's background and childhood with some wonderful private photographs throughout.
There's a distinct change of direction a couple of chapters into the book, as it becomes an account filled with both authors opinions on almost everyone in Michael's life, none of whom are portrayed in a very positive light. The book is subtitled 'The Real Michael Hutchence' even though both women admit to not see very much of Michael during his 17 years with INXS, therefore I would question the validity of the claim.
In spite of all this there are reavealing, enjoyable chapters in this book about an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life.
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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 was silenced.
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, lives with the man who Michael feared would take her. And many questions still remain prompting the creation of numerous television specials, magazines, websites, and books.
A fourth book comes on the eve of the third anniversary of Hutchence's passing. Not yet released in America, 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 portrait of an "ordinary man living an extraordinary life."
From its opening, it is clear that this is an account like no 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 news regarding their loved one. Hutchence and Glassop, each represented by a distinguished font, recount and corroborate stories from their own viewpoints in their own words.
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Format: Paperback
I can understand that Michael's mum and sister felt the need to write this autobiography. A lot was said in the press after Michael died and it is interesting to read about Michael's family life before he met Paula Yates.

His mum clearly had a close relationship with Michael and misses him terribly and I do feel she and Tina Hutchence blame Paula for his death. This book is a fascinating read although I imagine it will be terribly painful for Tiger to read in later life. I can't honestly believe that they wrote this book while Paula was still alive! Some awful things are written about Paula and I imagine Paula was mortified when she read it as she also loved Michael very much and he was the father of her child.

I definitely recommend this book, it contains amazing photos of Michael's life.
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