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10 October 2019 06:52

Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael in their Wham!

Long before he was a music icon in skintight jeans, leather jacket and designer stubble, George Michael was something else - awkward, chubby and insecure. He even went by the very unhip nickname Yog. A loving portrait of a young, striving Michael is offered in a new book by his closest friend and former bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley. His Wham! George Michael & Me is part memoir and part monument to one of the biggest pop stars of the 1980s. Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael in their Wham!

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days. "The point of the book was really to illustrate our friendship and how it really formed," says Ridgeley. "It's very difficult to put it into words or really put your finger on exactly what it was that people found so attractive about Wham! But it was a lot to do with George and me and our friendship." In the book, Ridgeley traces the rise of Wham! and key moments in the band's career, such as the creation of hits such as Careless Whisper and Everything She Wants, their appearances at Live Aid and the time in 1985 when the band became the first Western pop group to visit China.