Wham!, George Michael and Me

Author: Andrew Ridgeley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1524745332

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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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.

Wham! George & Me

Author: Andrew Ridgeley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241385830

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 5864

It's that time of year again . . . Turn up 'Last Christmas', get the mince pies out and head back to the 80s in the remarkably honest and fascinating autobiography from one half of the world's greatest pop duo THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'I couldn't put it down. Such a fantastic book' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio ________ School mates. Band mates. Soul mates . . . When Andrew Ridgley took George Michael, the new boy at school, under his wing, he discovered a soul mate. In Wham! George and Me, Andrew tells the story of how they rode a rollercoaster of success around the world while making iconic records and surviving superstardom with their friendship intact. It is a memoir of love, music, the flamboyant 1980s and living in a pop hurricane. No one else can ever tell their story - because no one else was there . . . For the first time, Andrew Ridgeley tells the inside story of Wham!, his life-long friendship with George Michael and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early eighties. ________ 'A joyous celebration of the Wham! years. For anyone who was a teenager in the early 1980s, it will take you on a nostalgia trip. It's an honest but affectionate account of a remarkable duo who remained true to their origins and their friendship throughout it all' Daily Express 'As infectious as their music' Daily Mirror 'A remarkably generous memoir. In more than one sense, the biography of a friend' Spectator 'A great story' Saturday Live, Radio 4 'A lovely book. A love letter to George' Graham Norton, BBC One 'Charming, heartfelt . . . there's a real poignancy to Ridgeley's description of Wham!'s glory days' Sunday Times

George Michael's Faith

Author: Matthew Horton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501377981

Category: Music

Page: 152

View: 2757

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.

George Michael

Author: James Gavin

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1647006732

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

View: 5003

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.

Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me

Author: Howard Bloom

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493051687

Category: Music

Page: 432

View: 1525

Howard Bloom—called "the greatest press agent that rock and roll has ever known" by Derek Sutton, the former manager of Styx, Ten Years After, and Jethro Tull—is a science nerd who knew nothing about popular music. But he founded the biggest PR firm in the music industry and helped build or sustain the careers of our biggest rock-and-roll legends, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen, Kiss, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, ZZ Top, Joan Jett, Chaka Khan, and one hundred more. What was he after? He was on a hunt for the gods inside of you and me. Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me is Bloom's story—the strange tale of a scientific expedition into the dark underbelly of science and fame where new myths and movements are made.

George Washington Carver

Author: Janet Benge,Geoff Benge

Publisher: YWAM Publishing

ISBN: 9781883002787

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 191

View: 7338

"Children and adults alike love the popular Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. Now Christian Heroes authors Janet and Geoff Benge tell the stories of Heroes of History with the same engaging narrative style and historical depth! This new series brings the shaping of history to life with the remarkable true stories of fascinating men and women who changed the course of history. Once a kidnapped slave baby, George Washington Carver overcame poverty and racism to become and influential scientist (1864?-1943).

George Michael Quotes

Author: Sreechinth C

Publisher: UB Tech


Category: Reference

Page: 34

View: 3634

GEORGE MICHAEL QUOTES ~ ​Quotations of the ‘Wham!’ Star ​~ The ‘Wham!’ star, George Michael who became a sensation in British Pop, rose to stardom in the 1980s with his distinct style and rhythms. After the ‘Wham!’, George Michael stumped the charts with giant hits including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and I’m Your Man and gave new dimensions to the Pop culture. With the debuted album ‘Faith’, George Michael music was sold more than 100 million copies world wide. This Grammy Award winner reduced his albums in the later years, but continued to tour the world with his music often. It was his ‘Last Christmas’ this year as he succumbed to death due to heart failure on December 25, 2016. Lets have a look on the warming words of the Wham star in this book…

George Michael

Author: Rob Jovanovic

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349411247

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1348

George Michael is an enigma. While he is one of the most open and vocal pop superstars on the planet, he also fiercely protective of his privacy. From the formation of Wham! In 1981 he immediately found fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams. His music formed the soundtrack to the 1980s and he achieved all of this despite growing up in a dysfunctional family where his father openly proclaimed that George had no talent. Wham! split in 1986 but Michael went on to greater things as a solo artist. Along the way he has been embroiled in several controversies, but in refreshing contrast to other superstars, he has been happy to address his issues head-on in the media. Rob Jovanovic's biography tackles all the issues that formed George Michael and his place as a cultural icon. It also, for the first time, analyses Michael's musical output and groundbreaking videos.

Step Back in Time

Author: Ali McNamara

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405517999

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 2289

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever? When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store. If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again? Step back in time with this fabulously fun and feed-good comedy of time travel and romance, from the author of From Notting Hill with Love . . . Actually

The Hurting Place

Author: H.J. Ted Gresham

Publisher: Road Warrior Press


Category: Fiction

Page: 79

View: 1067

The Hurting Place A novel by H.J. Ted Gresham George is a masochist. He lives a gin-soaked, deliberately lonely life as owner and keeper of a bait stand oddly distant from the Gulf Coast of Texas. He’s contented with who he is until a kid named Pug pokes his face up against George’s front door and steps right into George’s troubled heart. Iris is the single mother of an odd “almost-twelve year old” not entirely well little boy dealing with the recent loss of her father. Pug draws the aging grump and troubled mother together in an entirely unexpected way. Everybody needs a place to go when they’re in pain. When heartache and anger, sorrow and frustration are overwhelming, everyone needs a Hurting Place. Iris had one. Pug had one. And it was there that crusty old George had a cathartic moment that changed him in ways he didn’t really understand. Find The Hurting Place, and find Hope, even in the midst of deepest sorrow.