George Michael - A Life Book (Paperback)
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RELEASE DATE - 9 NOVEMBER 2023
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: A Life is quite a life--one you won't easily forget. James Gavin has written a thoroughly researched, engrossing, and illuminating portrait of a pop icon battling his own demons, the era's raging homophobia, and the ever-changing musical scene. Gavin captures the highs and lows with great intelligence and sensitivity. It's insightful and profoundly moving."
Patricia Morrisroe, author of Mapplethorpe: A Biography
"A compelling portrayal of one of the most enigmatic entertainers in music, a fascinating tale meticulously researched and written by James Gavin."
Steven Gaines, bestselling author of Simply Halston: The Untold Story and The Love You Make: An Insider's Story of the Beatles
"George Michael's burning ambition, incredible talent, and dark secrets are examined by James Gavin in this engrossing behind-the-scenes portrait."
Doug Herzog, former president of MTV Productions
"James Gavin is a biographer of the highest order, with a gorgeous sense of narrative and insight galore. His George Michael: A Life is a backstage, all-access pass into a glittery world filled with dark corners and trap doors. It's a thrilling, albeit cautionary tale of success, excess, and a remarkable performer who met his destiny head-on."
Bob Spitz, New York Times bestselling author of The Beatles: The Biography and Led Zeppelin: The Biography
"James Gavin is an ace biographer, and inGeorge Michael: A Life he tells the heartrending tale of a pop legend who couldn't love himself but made the whole world feel good."
Danny Fields, manager, the Ramones