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INXS – Story to Story: The Official Autobiography - Book Review

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by Connie Ntentis (subscribe)
A Melbourne girl at heart, I'm always looking for new adventures...
Published April 13th 2014
The real story of INXS

Iconic Aussie band INXS is famous for their sexy look and sound.
With their chart-topping hits and explosive live performances, INXS grew to be one of the biggest bands of their time. INXS - Story to Story: The Official Autobiography is a tell-all account giving us an insight into the people behind the music, their wild stories of fame, sex, drugs as they carved their place in music history.

The recent mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart revealed a snapshot of the INXS boys during their rise to fame. INXS - Story to Story: The Official Autobiography, written by Anthony Bozza, gives a much more detailed account of their rise to fame and how they conquered and changed the face of music forever.

Within these pages, INXS reveals how they met, how they were inspired and how they developed their unique and sensual sound. This book gives their music the context in which it was made and how it was received. It is well-written, witty and insightful. It gives a sneak peek into the whirlwind world that was INXS at the height of their fame.

With detailed profiles of each member of the band, photos and stories in their own words, this book takes us back to the beginning where it all began. It fleshes out their quirks and lets us see their personalities. Being Aussie boys, Anthony Bozza captures some of our quirky things INXS said and did as Australians travelling around the world, and the unique responses they received to our weird Aussie sayings and strange accents. This insight into the band as ordinary people allows us to see how they complemented each other, how they feed off each other's talents and ultimately how these Aussie boys revolutionised the sound of music forever.

This book explains why INXS were such a hit and why they were so revolutionary for their time. They were ahead of their time, able to predict the new trends in music and music culture. They were innovative when it came to their sound, their look, the music videos they shot and the way the music was recorded. They used previously unknown recording techniques which have become commonplace by today's standards.

They embraced the music video culture with the beginning of MTV and created stunning new videos (like 'What you need') that were completely different to anything else of the time. It is also interesting to consider how these videos and sounds were designed and created as they didn't have the many marvels of modern technology that we now have at our fingertips.

With INXS's amazing stories and Anthony Bozza's remarkable way with words, this book captures the band's journey from garage band to worldwide rock phenomenon. The writing is insightful, touching and, at times, quite funny. It follows the INXS story chronologically. No story of INXS would be complete without mentioning the tragic death of lead singer Michael Hutchence. While there are many theories about how Michael Hutchence died, the book presents the facts and the opinions of the people who knew him best. While we will never know exactly what happened on that fateful night, the important thing is the legacy he left behind: the memories he made with the people who knew him and loved him, the emotions that people felt when they heard his voice and saw him perform and the part of him that will live on in his daughter, who will sadly never know her father.

A great, easy read which I would highly recommend, especially to fans of INXS. For people who lived through their rise to fame, it is a great way to reminisce and cast your mind back to the music and culture of time as well as realising how much times have changed.

Ultimately, a must-read for any music lover… Enjoy!
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Great article....... really well written....... Thanks.
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