George Michael

Author: James Gavin

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1647006732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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The definitive biography of George Michael, offering an expansive look at the troubled life of the legendary singer, songwriter, and pop superstar George Michael was an extravagantly gifted, openhearted soul singer whose work was both pained and smolderingly erotic. He was a songwriter of true craft and substance, and his music swept the world, starting in the mid-1980s. His fabricated image—that of a hypermacho sex god—loomed large in the pop culture of his day. It also hid—for a time—the secret he fought against revealing: Michael was gay. Soon his obsession with fame would start to backfire. As one of the industry’s most privileged yet tortured men began to self-destruct, the press showed little sympathy. George Michael: A Life explores the compelling story of a superstar whose struggles, as well as his songs, continue to touch fans all over the world. Acclaimed music biographer James Gavin traces Michael’s metamorphosis from the shy and awkward Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou into the swaggering, dominant half of the leading British pop duo of the 1980s Wham!; he then details Michael’s sensational solo career and its subsequent unraveling. With deep analysis of the creative process behind Michael’s albums, tours, and music videos, as well as interviews with hundreds of his friends and colleagues, George Michael: A Life is a probing, definitive portrait of a pop legend.

George Michael's Faith

Author: Matthew Horton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 150137799X

Category: Music

Page: 152

View: 6445

On Saturday, June 28, 1986, George Michael picked up his tasseled leather jacket, walked out of London's Wembley Stadium and cheerfully tore up five years of glittering pop history. He'd just disposed of Wham!, the band he'd formed with school friend Andrew Ridgeley when they were teenagers, and now, at 23, he knew he was all grown up. He just needed to convince everyone else. Faith is what happens when you've outstripped your dreams, your peers, your friends and your fans, and no one's caught up yet. It's about pouring all of that confusion, insecurity and sizzling ambition into music that comes out confused, insecure and ambitious – and then selling 25 million copies of it. George Michael was always preparing for this and, in the process, he set a template for all disaffected singers making that move. This book examines that model and the themes that went into Faith – from engaging in politics to crossing over to a Black audience and writing classic pop songs to endure – and speaks to the surviving key players to tell the story of how it was made.

Summary of James Gavin's George Michael

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC


Category: Music

Page: 82

View: 3971

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 George’s father, Jack, was the model of a self-made 1960s man’s man. He had grown up with seven siblings in Cyprus, and in London he had started as a busboy and eventually became a waiter. He wanted to better his family’s situation, so he and his wife Lesley emigrated to London. #2 Jack, the owner of the restaurant, was a shining immigrant success story. He had far more charisma than his partners, and he wanted to buy them out. He was a quiet boy, but his father did not appreciate his silence. #3 George’s parents did not allow him to listen to music, but he found a way to get around it. He began taping songs off the radio, and after learning them by heart, he would sing them into his recorder. He would then play the recordings for his friends. #4 In 1974, Georgios watched the American TV show The Partridge Family, which was hosted by David Cassidy, a pinup idol who had begun his first British tour that year. Georgios had a crush on Cassidy, and when he saw him kick a football on top of the twenty-four-story London Television Centre, he was completely blown away.

Wham!, George Michael and Me

Author: Andrew Ridgeley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524745332

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 578

For the first time, Andrew Ridgeley—one half of one of the most famous bands in the world—tells the inside story of Wham!, his lifelong friendship with George Michael, and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early eighties. In 1975 Andrew took a shy new boy at school under his wing. They instantly hit it off, and their boyhood escapades at Bushy Meads School built a bond that was never broken. The duo found themselves riding an astonishing roller coaster of success, taking them all over the world. They made and broke iconic records, they were treated like gods, but they stayed true to their friendship and ultimately to themselves. It was a party that seemed as if it would never end. And then it did, in front of tens of thousands of tearful fans at Wembley Stadium in 1986. Andrew’s memoir covers in wonderful detail those years, up until that last iconic concert: the scrapes, the laughs, the relationships, the good, and the bad. It’s a unique and one-and-only time to remember that era, that band, and those boys.

Red Lines

Author: Cherian George,Sonny Liew

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 026254301X

Category: Political Science

Page: 448

View: 1061

A lively graphic narrative reports on censorship of political cartoons around the world, featuring interviews with censored cartoonists from Pittsburgh to Beijing. Why do the powerful feel so threatened by political cartoons? Cartoons don't tell secrets or move markets. Yet, as Cherian George and Sonny Liew show us in Red Lines, cartoonists have been harassed, trolled, sued, fired, jailed, attacked, and assassinated for their insolence. The robustness of political cartooning--one of the most elemental forms of political speech--says something about the health of democracy. In a lively graphic narrative--illustrated by Liew, himself a prize-winning cartoonist--Red Lines crisscrosses the globe to feel the pulse of a vocation under attack. A Syrian cartoonist insults the president and has his hands broken by goons. An Indian cartoonist stands up to misogyny and receives rape threats. An Israeli artist finds his antiracist works censored by social media algorithms. And the New York Times, caught in the crossfire of the culture wars, decides to stop publishing editorial cartoons completely. Red Lines studies thin-skinned tyrants, the invisible hand of market censorship, and demands in the name of social justice to rein in the right to offend. It includes interviews with more than sixty cartoonists and insights from art historians, legal scholars, and political scientists--all presented in graphic form. This engaging account makes it clear that cartoon censorship doesn't just matter to cartoonists and their fans. When the red lines are misapplied, all citizens are potential victims.

George Michael

Author: Andres Lokko

Publisher: Modernista

ISBN: 9180631185

Category: Music

Page: 10

View: 8076

Andres Lokkos artikel om George Michael, hämtad ur samlingsvolymen Andres Lokko: 2010–2019. ANDRES LOKKO [f.1967] är kritiker, journalist och dramatiker. I över trettio år har han skrivit om kultur, i synnerhet om popmusik. I dag verkar han bland annat som krönikör för Svenska Dagbladet. Han är bosatt vid Gullmarsplan i Stockholm.

George Soros

Author: Peter L. W. Osnos

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1647822807

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 8657

A compelling new picture of one of the most important, complex, and misunderstood figures of our time. The name George Soros is recognized around the world. Universally known for his decades of philanthropy, progressive politics, and investment success, he is equally well-known as the nemesis of the right—the target of sustained attacks from nationalists, populists, authoritarian regimes, and anti-Semites—because of his commitment to open society, freedom of the press, and liberal democracy. At 91 years old, Soros still looms large on the global stage, and yet the man himself is surprisingly little understood. Asking people to describe Soros is likely to elicit different and seemingly contradictory answers. Who is George Soros, really? And why does this question matter? Biographers have attempted to tell the story of George Soros, but no single account of his life can capture his extraordinary multifaceted character. And so in this ambitious and revealing new book, George Soros's longtime publisher, Peter L. W. Osnos, has assembled an intriguing set of contributors from all walks of life—public intellectuals (Eva Hoffman, Michael Ignatieff), journalists (Sebastian Mallaby, Orville Schell), scholars (Leon Botstein, Ivan Krastev), and nonprofit leaders (Gara LaMarche, Darren Walker)—to paint a full picture of the person beyond the media portrayals. Some have worked closely with Soros, while others have wrestled with similar issues and quandaries in their own endeavors. Their collective expertise shines a new light on Soros's activities and passions and, to the extent possible, the motivation for them and their impact. Through this kaleidoscope of viewpoints emerges a vivid and compelling portrait of this remarkable man's unique and consequential impact. It has truly been a life in full.