George Michael In His Own Words
Published in 1995 by Omnibus Press, updated in 1999.
In 1990 George Michael, tired of banal questions about his personal life, decided not to give any more interviews in the forseeable future, thus making a collection of his quotes a challenge to compile, but fascinating to read. Nevetheless, following his much publicised indescretiion in a public Park in Los Angeles and subsequent decision to ‘come out’ as a gay man, he has been more talkative than ever before.
Michael’s career began in the early Eighties when he formed the pop duo Wham! with his longtime friend Andrew Ridgeley. They were two bronzed wideboys who looked like they had escaped from a Club 18-30 Holiday. The media thought Wham! and George Michael would last all of 15 minutes. They could not have been more wrong. They became international teen idols thanks to their catchy songs and undeniable sex appeal. After Wham! George Michael shed his teenybopper image and changed from plump pimply bouffant-boy to lean, mean, designer stubble hit machine and emerged as a serious composer, singer and producer whose talents have evoked comparisons to Paul McCartney and Elton John.
Up to the time he clammed up, George rarely shied away from talking to the media, and most of the quotes in this book come from the late Eighties, when he spoke freely. Quotes from immediately after his self-imposed “no talking” ban come from transcriptions of the court proceedings between George and Sony Music which took place in October 1993, and a lengthy TV interview he gave to David Frost after judgement went against him. During 1998, George opened up again, perhaps relieved that the veil of secrecy surrounding his personal life had been lifted.