Wham! George & Me: The Sunday Times Bestseller Hardcover – 3 Oct 2019
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It's a joyous celebration of the Wham! years. For anyone who was a teenager in the early 1980s, it will take you on a nostalgia trip, with dozens of comically captioned photos of the band during the white espadrille years. It's an honest but affectionate account of a remarkable duo who remained true to their origins and their friendship throughout it all (Daily Express)
Packed full of nostalgia, heart and insight, Wham! George & Me is a lovingly written ode to friendship and a celebration of one of the greatest pop acts of all time. A superb tribute (Classic Pop Magazine)
In this moving memoir, which is also a vivid nostalgia trip for anyone who was a teenager in the 70s and 80s, he tells the story of his friendship and musical collaboration with George Michael. Engaging (Sunday Express)
The Wham! star charts his treasured friendship with George Michael, from their meeting at school in 1975 to George's untimely death in 2016. The duo left a legacy of pop classics from the exuberant Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go to the evergreen Last Christmas, and Ridgeley's enthusiasm for life in a chart-topping band is as infectious as their music (Daily Mirror)
This book is all you could want and more! (Magic Book Club)
I couldn't put it down. Such a fantastic book (Chris Evans, Virgin Radio)
A great story (Saturday Live, Radio 4)
A lovely book. A love letter to George (Graham Norton, BBC1)
About the Author
Andrew Ridgeley is one of the most recognisable faces of the eighties. He was one half of the phenomenal pop duo, WHAM!, one of the biggest names in the history of pop music. Born in Surrey, England, he grew up in Bushey, Hertfordshire where he met George Michael whilst attending Bushey Meads School; they struck up an easy friendship - both having a common interest in music - before forming WHAM! The band sold multi-platinum albums and singles globally, having number 1 hits all over the world including both the UK and the US.
Andrew now pursues a variety of interests, significant amongst which is fundraising for The Dallaglio RugbyWorks Charity. He splits his time between his homes in Cornwall and London.
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I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Andrew Ridgeley and loved a look back to the Wham days, which were an important part of my own teenage years.
Ultimately the book is about love, friendship and what a brilliant time these 2 boys had, a career that started and continued on friendship. As close a friendship as you can get. Beautiful!
Thanks Andrew and we miss you, George. These really were the best of times!
It arrived at 12.04 pm and I didn’t put it down. Finished it at 2.50pm 😊😊😊 Mostly because my daughter wants to read it next!!
Importantly, I feel that this is a truthful book. It was always suggested that Andrew had no involvement in writing Careless Whisper, so it is very interesting to read the much more nuanced explanation here of how he was involved..
The appearance by Andrew, Shirlie and Pepsi at the Brits to pay tribute to their friend after his shocking death was one of the event’s best ever moments. It was a demonstration of uncomplicated love. And it was so clearly genuine that I cried. George was a pop genius but also loved by his friends of many years. I was pleased to read Andrew’s take on that appearance.
Unsurprisingly the book focuses on Andrew’s experiences. But everyone who loves Wham! or George’s music should find it interesting.
To much Andrew not enough YOG!!
Inevitable I suppose..... Then to top it off like Kenny before him revealing details of private moments during his families tragedy when it was clearly not what they wanted.
Whilst remaining respectful to George, it was necessary and long overdue to put the record straight once and for all. Andrew instigated what eventually became Wham! And co-wrote and co-sang initially - a fact that was not unknown but largely ignored. That said, his love for his old mate, Yog, is evident throughout. Their friendship the focus of this book. How two boys dared to dream, one encouraging the other to make it a reality. The rest as they say, is history.
It goes without saying that it's compulsive reading for all Wham Bammers out there. But also for those interested in the 80s music scene in general.