On 22 November 2017 it is 20 years since the death of rock star and INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. We share two rare interviews with him from the NFSA collection.
Often compared to Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison, Michael Hutchence was a brilliant lyricist and an extraordinary vocalist and had a stage persona that radiated sex appeal and beguiled audiences.
If you were growing up in Australia in the 1980s, chances are you had a poster of him on your bedroom wall - perhaps lovingly rescued from a Smash Hits magazine.
Born in North Sydney on 22 January 1960, Michael Kelland John Hutchence spent his childhood moving between cities, including an eight-year stretch in Hong Kong and a short time in Hollywood.
At age 15 Hutchence was back in Sydney and studying at Davidson High School on the North Shore. During this time he was profusely writing poetry and had also become close friends with Davidson classmate Andrew Farriss.
Farriss was serious about a career in music, and Hutchence felt comfortable sharing his poetry with his good friend. And so began a writing partnership that would span two decades. Together with Farriss’ two brothers and friends Kirk Pengilly and Garry Beers, they went on to form INXS.