George: A Memory of George Michael

Author: Sean Smith

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0008155658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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George is the story of two extraordinary lives – the private man and the public legend.

George

Author: Sean Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins publishers

ISBN: 9780008155643

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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George is the story of two extraordinary lives - the private man and the public legend. Georgios Panayiotou was just eighteen when he decided to adopt the stage name of George Michael. Sometimes his two worlds would collide with shattering consequences. Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has gone back to the neighbourhoods of North London to trace the astonishing journey of a sensitive but determined boy who grew up to be one of the biggest British pop stars of all time. Along the way, he talks to those close to George, revealing the real man - funny, articulate, intelligent and generous spirited - who hid behind the powerful image he created. He reveals the complex relationship with his high-achieving Greek-Cypriot father; the unconditional love of his mother; his teenage relationships with girls; and his first tragic love affair with another man. George's career began falteringly with a schoolboy band, exploded with Wham! before he became a solo phenomenon. But at the height of his fame, the world seemed to turn against him. Smith describes his despair at losing the two people who mattered most, how he sought consolation in drugs, his notorious 'coming out' and how he ended up in jail. His health failed him and he died heartbreakingly alone on Christmas Day, 2016. Affectionate yet honest and moving, George is both a celebration of George Michael's music and a lasting tribute to a decent and much-loved man.

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The Unauthorized Biography of George Michael

Author: Nicholas Wapshott,Tim Wapshott

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780330367547

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 351

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Bare

Author: George Michael,Tony Parsons

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780140132359

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 242

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George Michael is one of the world's top pop music vocalists. This book tells how the boy from a working class background made it to the top of the music charts in countries all over the world. It tells the story of George's involvement with the group Wham and of the $3 million deal with the Coca Cola company. George's songs, his music, his craft as well as his family, friends and life on and off the road are all included. His observations amd comments on other musical stars are also quoted.

Here, George Washington Was Born

Memory, Material Culture, and the Public History of a National Monument

Author: Seth C. Bruggeman

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820342726

Category: History

Page: 272

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In Here, George Washington Was Born, Seth C. Bruggeman examines the history of commemoration in the United States by focusing on the George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Virginia's Northern Neck, where contests of public memory have unfolded with particular vigor for nearly eighty years. Washington left the birthplace with his family at a young age and rarely returned. The house burned in 1779 and would likely have passed from memory but for George Washington Parke Custis, who erected a stone marker on the site in 1815, creating the first birthplace monument in America. Both Virginia and the U.S. War Department later commemorated the site, but neither matched the work of a Virginia ladies association that in 1923 resolved to build a replica of the home. The National Park Service permitted construction of the "replica house" until a shocking archeological discovery sparked protracted battles between the two organizations over the building's appearance, purpose, and claims to historical authenticity. Bruggeman sifts through years of correspondence, superintendent logs, and other park records to reconstruct delicate negotiations of power among a host of often unexpected claimants on Washington's memory. By paying close attention to costumes, furnishings, and other material culture, he reveals the centrality of race and gender in the construction of Washington's public memory and reminds us that national parks have not always welcomed all Americans. What's more, Bruggeman offers the story of Washington's birthplace as a cautionary tale about the perils and possibilities of public history by asking why we care about famous birthplaces at all.

I'm Coming To Take You To Lunch

A fantastic tale of boys, booze and how Wham! were sold to China

Author: Simon Napier-Bell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446491560

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Pop manager extraordinaire Simon Napier-Bell had had enough. He'd had enough of pop groups. He'd had enough of the constant grief at home with his two ex-boyfriends bickering and bleeding him dry; and most of all he'd had enough of the music biz. But then he fell in love with a new passion - the Far East; and a dynamic new duo - George and Andrew - jointly called Wham! Soon, in an audacious attempt to have the best of both worlds, he found himself offering to arrange for Wham! to be the first ever Western pop group to play in communist China - a masterstroke of PR which, in one swift stroke, would make them one of the biggest groups in the world. What follows is an exciting, unpredictable and hilarious romp around the more curious corners of the world as Napier-Bell dives into the unknown, attempting to achieve the unachievable. We soon find ourselves in the company of a wonderful cast of petulant pop stars, shady international 'businessmen', and a hilarious confusion of spies, students and institutionalised officials and ministers as he edges ever closer to inadvertently becoming one of the first Westerners to break down the walls of communist China.

Careless Whispers

The Life & Career of George Michael

Author: Robert Steele

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785585999

Category:

Page: 448

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George Michael was pop's greatest survivor. He has been UK radio's most-played artist over the last 35 years and the superstar behind the legendary 1980s Faith album and tour. He was a musician with international credibility--and a disaster magnet whose serial scandals never seemed to dent his professional reputation. This searching biography throws a light on Georgios Panayiotou, the Anglo-Greek London boy who had to hide his homosexuality when he was half of the pop phenomenon Wham! before becoming a global superstar and publicly claiming his identity. In Careless Whispers, author Robert Steele details every step of the conflicted superstar's career and digs deep into his closely guarded private life. Drawing on firsthand accounts from Michael's ex-manager and the journalist who was part of his social circle in the 1980s, Careless Whispers examines in detail the life, work, and tragic final act of a much-loved icon.

George Michael

In His Own Words

Author: George Michael

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 9780711978911

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 111

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This unique, bestselling series now incorporates over 25 titles. Features quotes gathered over the years from family, friends and the artists themselves giving the reader a personal insight into their music and world. Fully illustrated throughout with black and white photographs.

George Michael

Without Prejudice: 1963 - 2016

Author: Emily Herbert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781786064561

Category:

Page: 288

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Freedom

Author: David Nolan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780979793

Category:

Page: 144

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When the announcement of George Michael's death circulated on Christmas Day in 2016 it was greeted with an air of disbelief: the singer/songwriter and producer was only 53. But it was true, and the world mourned the passing of a hugely talented artist with a beautiful, soulful voice. Michael was a pop star with a social conscience who did a lot of work for charity and to further the cause of sexual rights and education. Michael shot to fame as part of the ultimate 80s pop duo Wham! and remained in the spotlight - for better and worse - until the end of 2016. Wham! split but Michael enjoyed a hugely successful solo career, working with some of the biggest names in music. He was sometimes controversial, and he fell foul of the law on a number of occasions, but he will be remembered for ever for his music and charitable work. His most famous songs were with Wham! and as a solo artist, and he collaborated with such musical royalty as Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Band Aid, Queen, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney and Beyonc� - and more.

George Michael

The biography

Author: Rob Jovanovic

Publisher: Piatkus

ISBN: 9780349417325

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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From the formation of Wham! to his untimely death, this is the ultimate biography of George Michael. George Michael is an enigma. He was one of the most open and vocal pop superstars on the planet, yet he was 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 was embroiled in several controversies, but in a refreshing change to other superstars, he has been happy to address his issues head-on in the media. In the last decade he returned to touring with the massively successful 25Live tour and the critically acclaimed Symphonica after a serious health scare and a stint in prison. In the months before his death he was working on new material and a TV documentary. It was only after his death in December 2016 that stories of the full extent of his generosity came to light, adding another layer to the complex story of an unusual superstar. Rob Jovanovic's newly updated biography of George Michael tackles the issues and glory that formed the superstar and his place as a cultural icon.

We Too Have Died

Author: Victoria Rowe

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781788300162

Category:

Page: 96

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The death of George Michael made such an impact on people all around the world; it was difficult to retain the news of his death on that Christmas Day. Every emotion went through my mind and suddenly these emotions were transformed into poetry. Within forty days of his death, I had written forty poems. It carried on and every day a new poem was written, some days two. The book expresses the thoughts and feelings of the effect his death had on each and every one of us.

Rock - The Luckiest Man in Pop

Author: Andros Georgiou

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781979231909

Category:

Page: 338

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The George Michael Story "ROCK: THE LUCKIEST MAN IN POP" is a journey through the decadent eighties written by Andros Georgiou a leading figure in the music industry, From clubbing to partying with the biggest pop stars of the decade from Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, The Pet Shop Boys, Culture Club, ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, to the giants of Rock Guns & Roses, to the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, not to mention Sir Elton John, this is the story of a man's life during one of the most magnificent periods of rock 'n' roll history, this is a truly amazing story both special and unique, something that could never be repeated now given the whole climate of the music industry, "ROCK" is more than just a life recounted or a guilty pleasure for its reader or fan of George Michael, its "REAL." Rock Stars Parties and Backstage Passes, "ROCK" is Andros Georgiou and "YOG" was George Michael. The two were together for the over thirty eight years, and during that time, they were both part of a time in music history that the world will never see again. How did this story start? Andros Georgiou and Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, George Michael to you, are "The Children of The Greeks: 2nd generation cousins. Their fathers, two Greek men from Cyprus, immigrated to London and married two English women from London. Their fathers' intense bond translated into their two families being raised as one, their two sons being raised as brothers. The time was England from the early 1960's to the mid 1980's from the suburbs to the West End, then, it moved throughout the world, right up until they parted ways in 1998. And, for the most part, it was all about the music. As children, the games of their youth became about the music and, as they grew older, their childhood games turned into training sessions that, when circumstances miraculously put George Michael in a spotlight that shined in front of the world for the rest of his life, they were ready. If anything could make two young men in their early 20's ready for a life of glamour and style, celebrities and royalty, they had only up to that timed dreamed about. And for a long time, it seemed nothing could tear these two apart. When fame happened, George brought Andros along without so much as a hesitation, and Andros stuck by his brother, looking out for him at every turn. When tragedies did come that reached the point of devastating, their bond was stronger than ever, especially when close friends and family passed away suddenly and tragically. When the time came for George to discuss his sexuality with Andros, in the beginning, it initially was nothing more than a metaphoric speed bump in their relationship; something that Andros totally didn't expected, but, within short order, didn't make a bit of difference to him. Andros openly included George in the family that he was soon to have, asking George to be the "Godfather" to his two sons, James and Harry. Then 7 April 1998 happened; The actual incident that ended their life-long relationship occurred under a year later and was nothing more than a "silly argument" at a restaurant where they had lunch scores of times before. It was over between them? And Now it's too Late. A version of this book was released back in 2012, after a number of weeks Andros received a message from Yog asking him to take the book off the market and re submit it changing the spelling and grammar and asked to add certain stories that he had missed out. He never got the chance to do it simply because there never seemed to be a right time and he was busy dealing with his life but this year he felt he had to finish it for him. Rock: The Luckiest Man in Pop is a Rollercoaster Ride of very high ups and very low downs, a story that had to be told.

The Memory of All That

George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family's Legacy of Infidelities

Author: Katharine Weber

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307395898

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 270

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Traces the story of the author's complex family, from her composer grandmother, who had a love affair with George Gershwin; to her grandfather, who created the Federal Reserve System; to her OSS propaganda film-making father.

The Memory of All that

The Life of George Gershwin

Author: Joan Peyser

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423410256

Category: Music

Page: 320

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This is a startlingly fresh account of the life of one of the greatest 20th-century Americans, composer and songwriter George Gershwin. Joan Peyser examines Gershwin's character, his complex relationship with brother and collaborator Ira, and his several romantic affairs. This 2006 edition includes newly discovered information in a new author's introduction.

Why We Sleep

Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

Author: Matthew Walker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501144316

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 368

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"Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity ... An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now ... neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming"--Amazon.com.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Author: Douglas Adams

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476782997

Category: Fiction

Page: 260

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From Douglas Adams, the legendary author of one of the most beloved science fiction novels of all time, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes a wildly inventive novel—in trade paperback for the first time—of ghosts, time travel, and one detective’s mission to save humanity from extinction. DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY We solve the whole crime We find the whole person Phone today for the whole solution to your problem (Missing cats and messy divorces a specialty) Douglas Adams, the “master of wacky words and even wackier tales” (Entertainment Weekly) once again boggles the mind with a completely unbelievable story of ghosts, time travel, eccentric computer geniuses, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the end of the world, and—of course—missing cats.

PEOPLE George Michael

A Pop Star Life

Author: The Editors of People

Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 1683308212

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 96

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With glorious, rarely seen photos and new interviews with Aretha Franklin, Cindy Crawford, Melissa Etheridge and remembrances from many other famous friends, this People commemorative edition celebrates the unparalleled life and career of George Michael (1963-2016). From his early years as a teen songwriter with Wham! to his incredible solo success with hits like “Faith” and “Freedom '90.” A must for fans!

Every Day Is Extra

Author: John Kerry

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471177351

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 608

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Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s personal story. The title comes from a saying he and his buddies had in Vietnam. A child of privilege, Kerry went to private schools and Yale, then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He commanded river patrols – swift boats – and was highly decorated, but he discovered that the truth about what was happening in Vietnam was different from what the government was reporting. He returned home disillusioned, became active against the war, and testified in Congress as a 27-year-old veteran who opposed the war. Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as Massachusetts lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984. His friendship with the Kennedy family gave him valuable contacts, but he earned his victory by campaigning hard. He would be re-elected four times. Kerry’s service in the Senate was distinguished. Unlike most senators, who travel on foreign junkets for "fact-finding missions," Kerry travelled to the Philippines and based on what he learned, helped to orchestrate the peaceful transition from Ferdinand Marcos to the duly elected Corazon Aquino government. He played an active role in the BCCI and Iran-Contra matters. In 2004 he ran for president against the incumbent, George W. Bush and came within one state – Ohio – of winning. In Every Day Is Extra he explains why he chose not to contest widespread voting irregularities in Ohio, fearing that after the 2000 election went to the U.S. Supreme Court, another challenge would undermine confidence in the voting system. Kerry returned to the Senate, endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008, and when Clinton resigned in 2012 to run for the presidency, Kerry was confirmed as Secretary of State. In that position he tried – and like all his predecessors, failed – to find peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (he is critical of both sides but especially Prime Minister Netanyahu); dealt with the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS; negotiated the Iran nuclear deal; and signed the Paris climate accord. This is a personal book, sometimes angry, sometimes funny, always moving. Secretary Kerry will describe some of the remarkable events of his life, such as discovering that his paternal grandfather committed suicide – something his father never told him – and that this grandfather was Jewish, not Irish (he changed his name to Kerry from Kohn, and also converted to Catholicism). His account of his experiences in Vietnam is riveting. His failed first marriage left a wound that never completely healed, but his second marriage, to Teresa Heinz, widow of a Senate colleague, has been an anchor in his life. He tells wonderful stories about the Kennedys and especially about Senate colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain. His story of his first real meeting with John McCain, another Vietnam veteran, is one of the most moving stories in the book; his respect for McCain is genuine and inspiring. Every Day Is Extra shows readers how arduous it is to run for president and how demanding the role of secretary of state is. Readers of this book, whatever their political persuasion, will come away grateful that we have public servants who are prepared to spend their lives in service to their country. They will also come away with a new appreciation of John Kerry, a man often portrayed as aloof and stiff, but as this book reveals, funny, warm, and dedicated.