Author(s): Emily Herbert
As the man whose voice and style came to define pop music in the eighties and beyond, George Michael will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats of British music. With records such as Club Tropicana and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham! rapidly became one of Britains most successful groups, with George Michael finding himself a teen heartthrob the world over. After Wham!s split in 1986, George went solo and took his career to even greater heights, launching classics including Faith, Freedom, and duets such as Dont Let the Sun Go Down on Me. However, behind the success, he was still hiding his sexuality from the world and endured the tragedy of losing his boyfriend to AIDs in the early 1990s and, in later years, his drug use and arrests came to overshadow much of his career. Georges sudden death on Christmas Day at the age of 53 has inspired a new appreciation of his talent and revealed the extent of his kindness and generosity for others, staging concerts for NHS nurses and giving money to strangers in need. This new biography, written by experienced author Emily Herbert, takes a close look at his career whilst also taking a look at his life off-stage, stands as a tribute to the life of this talented, generous and tragic pop icon.
A frank account of the life of this quintessential 80’s pop star, filled with George Michael’s own reflections. Thoughtful and respectful, this biography does well to celebrate Michael’s extraordinary career, and also acknowledge the difficult experience of fame from the persective of a queer man in the 1980’s. A great reminder of why Michael’s life meant so much to so many.
Amarina, The Bookgrocer