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Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir
Wham!, George Michael and Me: A Memoir | Andrew Ridgeley
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.
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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

When I was a senior in high school, my friend and I sweet talked our way onto the set where George Michael was filming the video for 'Faith.'

Bless my sweet, little, naive heart. I just knew if I could meet him I would become Mrs Michael 😂

So, as you can see, my George Michael bar was set rather high. Sadly, this memoir didn't quite reach the mark.

I wanted so much more - from this book and from my sneaking onto that closed set.

LOL

Megabooks What an awesome memory!! 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Pickpick

“It‘s always our friendship I miss”

This was cheeky, dishy & fun! For an #EightiesGirl and one who fell in love with her future husband slow dancing to Careless Whisper, this book was a stroll down memory lane. I remembering seeing Wham in concert (again with future hubby to be) in 1985 & being swept up in the band‘s youth and exuberance🎶💕LOVED hearing Andrew Ridgeley share his journey with George from boyhood classmates to teenage pop stars🎤

erzascarletbookgasm Aww sweet memories 💫 I loved Careless Whispers 🎶 9mo
Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, Jessie 🧡😊Hope all is well with you xx 9mo
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Freespirit George Michael 💕💕 9mo
batsy I love them. GM ❤️ Adding to the list! 9mo
Cinfhen This was a really nice tribute (even with a bit of snark) from a friend to a friend @batsy @Freespirit I REALLY enjoyed it💜 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
BarbaraBB Love this review ❤️💃 9mo
BarbaraBB I cried on Careless Whisper by the way. He kissed another girl 😉 but I‘ve told that before 👵🏼 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BarbaraBB it‘s such an iconic song!!!! I loved this memoir.... so many awesome musical references 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m listening to Sowing The Seeds of Love right now @BarbaraBB and I just watched George Michael performing at the Freddy Mercury Tribute! WOW!! His voice was so powerful‼️‼️ 9mo
Tera66 Great song, I love your love story. So sweet! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Tera66 the end of that night has me puking into a potted plastic plant but that‘s for anther day😉😂 9mo
BarbaraBB His tribute to Freddy Mercury blow the audience away. And the rest of the world. Have you seen the rehearsal of it where the big stars like Bowie are watching him uninterested (because Wham?!) and suddenly realize what a voice the man has? It‘s awesome. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen That was awesome!! And Bowie looks like he‘s the record label‘s accountant 😂😂 @BarbaraBB George Michael was such a superstar with that voice & face 💔💔 (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen My favorite GM song is the duet with Elton John @BarbaraBB 9mo
BarbaraBB That‘s awesome too indeed! 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Recently picked this up on #AudibleSale
#DoubleSpin
🎶 Gonna live my life, sharp as a knife,
I've found my groove and I just can't lose🎶
I‘m excited to hear Andrew Ridgeley muse on his best mate ❤️

BarbaraBB Were they still mates? I didn‘t know! 9mo
Cinfhen It seems they were friends till the end @BarbaraBB I‘m LOVING the audio so far. Very #Nostalgic 💞💞💞 9mo
BarbaraBB That is so cool. And it seems like a good one on audio. 9mo
Cinfhen The 70‘s/8o‘s musical references are SO GOOD @BarbaraBB have you read this @TrishB ?? Lots of Bowie talk!!! Audio is FUN 9mo
TrishB I brought for a friend and hubby but haven‘t read myself as yet! 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Couldn‘t resist these 2 from the new #AudibleSale
SO MANY AWESOME TITLES 🙌🏻❣️
Luckily, I was able to find a bunch more through #Scribd #Hoopla and #OverDrive 🙏🏻🎧😁

britt_brooke OMG, I bought 13 books in this sale. 😅💸 9mo
Cinfhen I literally spent 3 hours reading through the list @britt_brooke determining which books I wanted (28) narrowing down the list(19) searching my subscriptions and then purchasing 2 because if hubby saw an Audible charge for $72 he wasn‘t gonna like it 😆 excited to see what you added!!!! 9mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 😆 Good call! 🧠 I should‘ve done some cross referencing with Libby. 9mo
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OutsmartYourShelf
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#7 from #12BooksOf2020

I adored George Michael & this memoir from Andrew Ridgeley took me back to the 80s.

Andrew65 Poor George Michael! 13mo
Traci1 I saw George in concert when I was 13. We were in the very last row of a football stadium in Atlanta. Couldn't see anything even with binoculars, and it poured rain (we stayed fairly dry in the partial cover, but he got soaked). But it's one of my favorite memories. ❤ 13mo
OutsmartYourShelf @Traci1 ❤️ I finally got to see him in concert for his 25 Live tour. One of the best concerts I went to. 13mo
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Pageturner1
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Pickpick

Ridgeley‘s early life meeting George and getting to fame with Wham! The best of friends according to him. I enjoyed some of the memories it brought back to me.
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ stars for great pictures and nice memoir.
#24B4Monday
1 down more to go 😁

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Pageturner1
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All ready for my weekend reading. Books ✔️, coffee ☕️ ✔️, coffee? biscuits ✔️✔️

#24B4Monday

Andrew65 Have a great time.😊 (edited) 1y
acast Is ONE BY ONE a new Ruth Ware book? 1y
Pageturner1 @acast yes it is. i have seen mixed reviews on it. 1y
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Pageturner1
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Just picked up some reads for #24B4Monday
I can‘t wait to get into Wham! 😁☺️🥰 he-he
Oh! George!!❤️❤️ and Andrew loved my teenage years!!!

abookishbutterfly The Wham book is on my wishlist! I‘m so jealous!! 1y
Pageturner1 @Butterflyamore it was on mine too, but i finally gave in. I still plan on buying it to keep in my collection. 1y
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booklover3258
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Pickpick

For my review of this book, visit my Youtube Vlog at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHDeJoSc9VM

Enjoy!

Pageturner1 i so want this book! my favorite group as teen and loved George always 1y
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Coleen
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Pickpick

Definitely an 80‘s girl, esp. an 80‘s pop music girl, I can still remember the exact moment that I saw the Wake Me Up Before You Go Go video for the first time. I was sucked in and I regret that I was never able to see Wham! or George Michael live in concert. This memoir, though by far not the best memoir I‘ve read, still made me very nostalgic. I‘ve spent the last few days listening to and watching music videos & interviews. I miss them.

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CourtSmall
Wham! George & Me | Andrew Ridgeley
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Pickpick

40-2020 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is not a literary masterpiece, what it is is Ridgely talking about his childhood and what he and best best mate Yog used to get up to, their passion for music and how that led to WHAM!! Careless Whisper is still one of my favourites, and now I know how it was written and the story behind it (not what u think either) I Love it even more

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OutsmartYourShelf
Wham! George & Me | Andrew Ridgeley
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this. A nostalgic trip back to my preteen years & my major George Michael crush! Andrew Ridgeley comes across well with a lovely acerbic wit when casting a critical eye over their sartorial choices in 80s, & his genuine affection for George shines through. 5🌟

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JodiPM
Wham! George & Me | Andrew Ridgeley
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I received this book for Christmas and can't wait to read it! My husband knows me well.

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TheEllieMo
Wham! George & Me | Andrew Ridgeley
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Anyone else playing? I‘m trying to avoid hearing the famous seasonal #HolidaySong by Wham before 25th December😂

Meanwhile, I‘m wondering if Andrew Ridgeley‘s Book is worth reading, or is he cashing in on his old friendship?

#HollyJollyReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

#WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick

Jerdencon Oh- just heard it yesterday so I‘m out before I even started lol 2y
OriginalCyn620 Funny!! But I lost weeks ago! 😂 2y
Zoes_Human I'm playing, and so far I've stayed safe. I have some errands to run that could endanger me today though. 2y
CarolynM I was out on Tuesday. I was amazed I'd lasted that long. 2y
StayCurious Haha that's awesome. And it's been covered by so many! +6 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

This isn't some Trashy Tell All. Lovely remembrance by Andrew Ridgeley of his dear friend. For me a delightful trip down memory lane. Escaping my parents house to drive around, singing along with Wham!. Last Christmas was always a favorite. Make It Big remains one of the few albums that I love every song. It's thesoundtrack of my youth. To this day, whenever I need a bit of cheering, I listen to Wham! and start to dance. 💃

Godmotherx5 I was listening to Wham! This evening after a tough workday. 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Godmotherx5 it just makes you happy. 2y
Megabooks I need to read this. “Guilty feet have got no rhythm” is one of the best song lines ever! 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Megabooks There's a lot of history behind that song. 2y
Megabooks @Crinoline_Laphroaig Thanks! Now I‘m definitely going to read it. 2y
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CrinolineDream
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Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook and loved it! I‘m an eighties kid and was a huge Wham! fan back in the day, and this brings back so many memories. It‘s not a dirty laundry tell all, but rather a collection of memories and insights into a lifelong friendship, pop stardom, and the music business. Andrew Ridgeley narrates, and he‘s a great storyteller with a self deprecating sense of humor. Very enjoyable and a lovely tribute to George.

Eggs ❤️George ❤️ 2y
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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

A love letter to a lost childhood best friend. Well written and narrated.

Libby1 Great photo. I still can‘t believe he‘s gone. 2y
batsy George 💜 2y
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BookishTrish
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BookishTrish
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Except for my #audiobook it‘s a quintessential West coast Canadian morning