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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, Andrew Ridgeley - one-half of one of the most famous bands in the world - tells the inside story of Wham!, his lifelong friendship with George Michael, and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early '80s. 

In 1975 Andrew took a shy new boy at school under his wing. They instantly hit it off, and their boyhood escapades at Bushy Meads School built a bond that was never broken. The duo found themselves riding an astonishing roller coaster of success, taking them all over the world. They made and broke iconic records, they were treated like gods, but they stayed true to their friendship and ultimately to themselves. It was a party that seemed as if it would never end. And then it did, in front of tens of thousands of tearful fans at Wembley Stadium in 1986. 

Andrew’s memoir covers in wonderful detail those years, up until that last iconic concert: the scrapes, the laughs, the relationships, the good, and the bad. It’s a unique and one-and-only time to remember that era, that band, and those boys.

©2019 Andrew Ridgeley (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“One half of one of the world’s most famous bands tells his (fascinating) side of the story, offering readers intimate access into how his friendship with George Michael developed, and taking them behind the scenes of Wham’s beginnings, heights, and lows.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A tender, admiring tribute to [George] Michael, whom Ridgeley repeatedly calls his best friend.” (The Washington Post

“A memoir of a friendship as much as it is a look back on pop stardom, Ridgeley's first book is an enjoyable callback to a different, yet thanks to its preservation on videotape still instantly memorable, musical era.... While the book is focused on Michael, it isn't an explosive tell-all - but that makes it a more enjoyable read. Ridgeley's motivations for writing the book seem as rooted in telling his side of the Wham! story as they are in reminding readers of Michael's songwriting genius, often overlooked by pop-averse critics and taken for granted by listeners who gorged on the hooky riches of the '80s. Written in sepia hues that allow Wham!'s floodlight-illuminated musical triumphs to glow even more brightly, it's a loving tribute to a friend and a more innocent pop era.” (NPR)

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Well-Written, Respectful, and Fun

During Wham's heyday, it was pretty easy to write Andrew Ridgely off as a hanger-on who brought little to the table in light of George Michael's undeniable star power. Perhaps that's what I appreciated most about this memoir: getting some insight into the intelligent and kind man who gave George a springboard to become the pop virtuoso that he eventually became via the duo's introduction to the world as Wham.

Both by what he says, and by what he doesn't say, Ridgely's respect and affection for George comes through loud and clear here. There's no deep dive into George's fall from grace, untimely death, or anything particularly sordid revealed. True to its title, the book is primarily just about Ridgely and Michael's time in Wham, with some background on their childhood friendship and brief mentions of George's post-Wham solo career and their relationship afterward.

Nothing here is that surprising or shocking, but Ridgely constructs his tale lovingly and engagingly, and does a fantastic job of reminding us just how exciting (and, like this memoir, brief) the Wham era was. All the way around, I was reminded what a smart and engaging piece of work this was, and what a surprisingly kind and classy fellow Ridgely must be.

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Andrew Ridgeley was Wham ! He has a kind heart

Loved it. learned some new. Andrew is fabulous. He isn't just the other guy. Wham!

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Brief but rewarding

This lovingly written memoir gives an insider's view of Wham!'s whirlwind success and George Michael's transformation from awkward adolescence into one of the premiere songwriters and performers of the era. Ridgeley expertly interweaves three approaches to this story by charting the musical progression of the band, cataloging the context/influences of their development, and outlining a deep friendship between himself and Yog that both predated and outlasted the Wham! years. Ridgeley does a great job of providing insight into Michael's personality without overstepping or defaulting to pseudo-psychiatry. My only complaint with this book is that it is too short. More on their relationship in the post-Wham! years would have been welcome, but perhaps this was a conscious decision to avoid dealing with Michael's personal troubles over the past few decades and keep the book focused on themes of friendship and artistic growth. Well written, solid audio performance, and an all around pleasure. Recommended for anyone with even a modest appreciation of George Michael and/or Wham!.

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A Must Read for all Wham fans

Andrew.... Thank you for bringing such a personal view of the relationship you and George had. You tell it so vividly, you brought me into you’re time capsule of life.

Thank you Sir. You and George were also a big part of my life as a teen in the 80’s as Queen was for you in 1979.

This was my first audiobook. I’m hooked.

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Amazing and beautiful journey

I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew Ridgley’s memoir, and really appreciated his candour in sharing the story of his friendship and career with George Michael. Getting an inside view of their adventures from their early school days through to the formation and success of Wham! and beyond was thoroughly entertaining and exciting.
Andrew’s narration is so wonderful, as he has a beautiful and soothing speaking voice.
I will definitely listen again!

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Excellent historical and classy account

I agree with another review about Andrew's respectful and insightful account of his close friendship, focusing on what was most important about "George Michael"...his friendship and him being human.

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One to miss

If you like Wham don’t read or listen. He is so negative towards George Micheal who I loved! Very disappointing:(

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An honest and joy celebrating a true friend.

Andrew's book was an elementary and honest joy to be heard. He tells a love story (not sexual) he had with George when they were children bringing a dream to come full force to reality. Without one single negative, he surrounds stories of Making It Big to their visit to China. I recommend this book to anyone who loved Wham.

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First hand look at a friend ship and fame.

As a life long Wham! Fan, I was curious to hear this story. I was delighted to find out that Andrew Ridgeley was the narrator. It was a well written story of two friends who used their talents to escape their parents houses and rule the world.

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Heartwarming and captivating~

l loved this story of your friendship! Thank you for sharing it with us Andrew!