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George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

Review by Mat Snow, Q, October 1990

SOME THREE YEARS and 14 million copies later, George Michael follows up his solo debut Faith with an album that should prove to any lingering ...

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George Michael (1987)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1987

On the release of his solo debut Faith, George Michael talks about his complex relationship with the press; his split from Simon Napier-Bell's management; his confidence from an early age and what excited him starting out; his run-in with miners' leader Arthur Scargill, the miners' benefit debacle and his personal politics; the crazy Wham! fame days; Boy George's attempts to out him as gay; the new album and its songs, including 'I Want Your Sex'... and his general outlook on life.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.5mb, total interview length: 1h 02' 00" sound quality: ***

George Michael (2007)

Interview by Steve Pafford, Rock's Backpages audio, June 2007

The man born Georgios Kyricacos Panayiotou talks at length about his family's attitudes towards homosexuality; his relationship with his mother; coming out to his parents; on his own gayness, and not being part of the gay community; on Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley; on songs and videos such 'Wham Rap', 'Club Tropicana' and 'Young Guns'; manager Simon Napier-Bell's shenanigans; the L.A. cruising incident and his American career; meeting Anselmo Feleppa; meeting Kenny Goss; his love of David Bowie; the rivalry between the Brit MTV bands; the state of current pop, and how he sees his future.

File format: mp3; file size: 109.1mb, interview length: 1h 53' 40" sound quality: ***

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Wham!: The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 24 May 1984

A sun-soaked story of sea, sand, shorts, shuttlecocks and snogging. Yes, Wham! are back. Your travel guide in Miami: Neil Tennant. ...

"Will George Michael Ever Appear On Stage Again"

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 3 January 1985

Of course he will. But that didn't stop people asking questions like that on the news the day he strained his back and Wham! had ...

George Michael: Mein Whampf!

Interview by Mat Snow, New Musical Express, 28 June 1986

"ALTHOUGH I AM honest, I will deal with an interview with the confidence of GEORGE MICHAEL, POP STAR. And the way I deal with people ...

George Michael: Love, Sex and Stupid Wigs

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 3 June 1987

George Michael's new single, 'I Want Your Sex', has been banned by the radio. His new video has been banned by the TV. And George ...

George Michael: By George, he's really got it

Interview by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 9 November 1987

Rich, talented, and politically aware, George Michael skilfully charts the tricky waters of superstardom. ...

George Michael: Artist or Airhead?

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, January 1988


George Michael: The Lone Star State

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, June 1988

His second career is already more succesful than his first. His spry and winning pop songs have a greater-than-average life expectancy. He is uncountably wealthy. ...

George Michael: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 14 June 1988

Right-on George in shape for the 90s Adam Sweeting sees a superstar work out ...

Music Review of the '80s: George Michael

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, January 1990

A year and a half on from Wham!'s last concert, George Michael's solo career was ripening nicely as 1988 began. His hugely successful album debut, ...

George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice Volume One (Epic LP/Cassette/CD)

Review by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 1 September 1990


George Michael: Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 (Epic)

Review by David Quantick, Vox, October 1990

"I WAS EVERY little hungry schoolgirl's pride and joy and I guess that was enough for me" burbles George on 'Freedom '90', a tune about ...

Strictly No Admittance: The Privatisation of George Michael

Interview by 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 ...

Bare: George Michael, His Own Story by George Michael and Tony Parsons

Book Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, November 1990

The Life Of George: from self-conscious childhood, to soul boy suburbia, to immense wealth, incredible fame and alarming desirability – all between hard covers. ...

George Michael: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 17 January 1991

"THE MOST constructive thing I can do now is to try to be a great songwriter," says George Michael. ...

George Michael: One Night in New York

Report by Adrian Deevoy, Q, February 1992

In Britain, George Michael is a household name. In the USA, however, he is really well known. To alleviate the pressures of touring there, he ...

Various Artists: The Freddie Mercury Tribute, Concert For Aids Awareness, Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Paul Mathur, Melody Maker, 2 May 1992


George Michael: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1993

George Michael vs. Sony: "We do not speak the same language." ...

George Michael Vs Sony: This Time It's Personal

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1993

DOWN AT THE High Court, as Q went to press, the case of George Michael versus Sony was prodigiously well-paid business as usual for the ...

George Michael: He's a Loser, Baby

Report by David Sinclair, Rolling Stone, 11 August 1994

Court rejects GEORGE MICHAEL'S plea to break his contract with Sony ...

Robbie Williams: Gain the world, lose your soul

Comment by Caitlin Moran, The Times, 28 July 1995

Why did Robbie Williams turn his back on
 fame, fortune and Take That? Because he had to ...

George Michael: Dance again, George

Profile by Andy Beckett, Independent on Sunday, 7 January 1996

He's back and he's seven-minute serious. Andy Beckett on pop's sharpest risk-taker ...

George Michael: Older (Virgin/All formats)

Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 25 May 1996


Joyless Division — George Michael: Older (Virgin 11tks/59m ins)

Review by Paul Lester, Melody Maker, 25 May 1996

With his new album, GEORGE MICHAEL has less to do with Simply Red or the Wets than he does Radiohead or the Manics. ...

George Michael: Older

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, June 1996

PACKAGING HAS RARELY had more to say about the content of an album. Older's booklet interleaves lyrics with full-page shots of George Michael frowning, hanging ...

George Michael

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, The Big Issue, 11 November 1996

In this world exclusive – his first interview in six years – George Michael talks candidly about dope, death and his sexuality ...

George Michael: My High Times with Gay George

Retrospective by Fiona Russell Powell, Punch, March 1998

George Michael made £50 million as the music businesses ultimate pin-up. It wouldn't do to compromise that by coming out as gay. But his carefully ...

George Michael, Solo Artist: Flash in the Pan

Profile by Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 12 April 1998

ON TUESDAY this week, one Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, 34, was arrested for "lewd conduct" in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, only a few blocks ...

George Michael: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of... (Epic 491705 4/2/8)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, December 1998

Game Boy Growing up is so hard to do. ...

Robbie Williams: The Nation's Favourite

Special Feature by Chris Heath, The Face, January 1999


Geri: life after spice

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, The Observer, 6 June 1999

Once, she was known to the world as Ginger, the sassiest, loudest Spice Girl. Now, she's grown up, grown out the red, and is ready ...

Even older, but no wiser — George Michael: Songs from the Last Century (Virgin) **

Review by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 10 December 1999

He has fought for credibility since his Wham! days — now he's blown it for ever, says Caroline Sullivan ...

George Michael: Who's a Cheeky Boy?

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, The Observer, 7 July 2002

'WITH THE RELEASE of his George Bush and Cherie Blair-referencing new single,' snickers the Popbitch website, 'we would like to commiserate with George Michael on ...

British Pop Acts Raise The Anti

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, 22 February 2003

Celebrity dissent grows during U.K.'s music awards, as Coldplay's singer and Ms Dynamite protest an Iraq war. ...

George Michael: Twenty Five

Review by Dan Gennoe,, 20 November 2006

WHILE THE AWARDS, accolades and warm sense of achievement are all nice, the best thing about having a pop career that's survived a quarter of ...

George Michael: Twentyfive (Sony/BMG)

Review by Paul Elliott, Q, December 2006

THIS WAS SUPPOSED to be part of George Michael's big comeback: a greatest hits album to follow a sell-out European tour. And, fleetingly, it was ...

George Talks: His Frankest Interview Ever

Interview by Steve Pafford, Richard Smith, GAY TIMES, July 2007

ALTHOUGH IT'S probably not what George Michael would like to be remembered for, something happened a year ago that summed him up beautifully. George was ...

George Michael: Earls Court, London ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 26 August 2008

THE FIRST of George Michael's two sold-out London mega-shows on Sunday was big on bling but low on spark. ...

All rock stars have a price, even Mick Jagger

Report by Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 28 June 2009

The biggest names in music have been enjoying a nice little earner – getting paid millions to perform for the super-rich. ...

A World Of Dreaded Fear: Band Aid's Unforgivable Crimes

Retrospective by Wyndham Wallace, The Quietus, 10 December 2013

Band Aid raised awareness of a disastrous famine, as well as huge sums of money to try ease it. But, one year ahead of its ...

Why George Michael was the greatest pop star of the MTV era

Comment by Maura Johnston, The Guardian, 26 December 2016

Jackson had the moves, Madonna had the moxie, Prince had the sex – but George Michael had the voice … and thrilling songs like spinning ...

Andrew Ridgeley: Wham! George & Me (Michael Joseph)

Book Review by Graeme Thomson, Event Magazine, 26 October 2019

Despite being crushed' at his bandmate's death, Andrew Ridgeley's memoir, Wham! George & Me, is merely a bland look at the duo's career. ...

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