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George Michael
George Michael: A Life | James Gavin
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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 imagethat of a hypermacho sex godloomed large in the pop culture of his day. It also hidfor a timethe secret he fought against revealing: Michael was gay. Soon his obsession with fame would start to backfire. As one of the industrys 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 Michaels 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 Michaels sensational solo career and its subsequent unraveling. With deep analysis of the creative process behind Michaels 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.
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Reading challenge roundup

Summer solstice reading challenge 1/4
I spy bingo 5%
#Fourfoursin23 12/16
Read around the world 4%

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Can officially tick this box for #SummerSolsticeReadingChallenge #SSRC

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Mehso-so

This book was a beast. Not only does it weigh a fair bit, it deals in heavy subject matter. George Michael was a deeply depressed individual. This book outlines his meteoric rise to the stratosphere of stardom. It also covers every dark spot on his record. From failed music tracks, fake girlfriends, and severe substance abuse to poor sexual decisions. If you have come to this book looking for a bubblegum good time, you won't find it.

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Still plugging away at this one. This book is long. It may say under 600 pages but those are hardback sized pages.

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I can honestly say that I don't clock publishers. Maybe I will for a while just to see if I gravitate somewhere in particular. #sundayfunday

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Finally made to a part where he's happy. Was just starting to think that it was all sulking all the time.

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Wow this chunkster is taking a while to get through. It's good though. If only he, Freddy mercury, and Adam Lambert were contemporaries. Just think of shows.

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Cozy sweats. I am reading the tagged plus one other actively. #two4tuesday

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One of my earliest celebrity "crushes" and a recently reinvigorated interest led me to picking this up. I vividly remember hearing of GM's death and how that killed a tiny part of my childhood. This is an interesting study into the psychology of what can be called George's downfall. #59-2022