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Michael Hutchence
, 1997

by Polly Borland

type C photograph (image: 49.4 cm x 39.3 cm)

Michael Hutchence (1960 - 1997) was the charismatic lead singer of the rock band INXS, whose first album, INXS, was released in 1980. The group was quick to pursue success overseas and by 1985, when Hutchence starred in the film Dogs in Space, they were contenders in the competitive US music arena. They were the only Australian group to play at the historic Live Aid concert in the early 80s and are credited with facilitating the subsequent international success of Australian bands such as Midnight Oil and Crowded House. By 1988 INXS was arguably the most successful Australian band ever with sales of their sixth album, Kick, around 7.5 million worldwide and a world rating of third most popular group. Their success continued with their 1991 albums Live Baby Live and X. Hutchence died in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Double Bay in November 1997.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2000
Accession number: 2000.6