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Strictly No Admittance: The Privatisation of George Michael

Adrian Deevoy, Q, October 1990

At 19 he was full-time public property — a naively optimistic hit singles machine with a shuttlecock down his shorts. At 24 he emerged as the overly mature solo artist with a 14 million-selling album and a kamikaze touring schedule. Now, at 27, George Michael has declared himself a limelight-shunning low-profile songwriter, no videos, no interviews. "I want to get my life into line," he tells Adrian Deevoy.

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