George Michael: A Life
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--New York Times
"James Gavin has delivered a stunning, empathic, and peerlessly knowledgeable biography of George Michael. Gavin's attention to his subject's artistry, his honest treatment of Michael's struggles, his sharp-eyed understanding of the last days of record-company dominance, and his comprehension of the shifting tides of gay acceptance in our culture are sublime. The author of biographies of Chet Baker, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee has, with this book, firmed up his place as one of our very best writers about music and life."--Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a
"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 Bio
"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 Insi
"Read without prejudice and be prepared to be rattled and moved. Only James Gavin could do justice to this story of mercurial creativity, sex, and self-destruction in the glittery, harrowing, ethereal heights of pop stardom."--David Hajdu, author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn and Positively 4th Street: The Live
"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
"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
"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
"Music biographer Gavin offers a probing, definitive portrait of the equally gifted and tortured artist, charting his meteoric rise in the '80s through his public self-destruction and tragic death."
"A fascinating, heartbreaking bio."--People Magazine
"Though much has been written (and rewritten) about our fallen hero aka Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, this revealing (and often shocking) portrait by music biographer Gavin draws on scores of published media features and hundreds of interviews with friends, colleagues, and insiders. Exposing Michael's past battles with the media, his rampant sexual proclivities, and probing the later years as his personal life unraveled, this biography is moving, eye-opening, and essential, even for readers with just a casual interest in pop culture."
--Bay Area Reporter