Wham!, George Michael and Me

A Memoir
Narrated by: Andrew Ridgeley
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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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

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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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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.

Neil S-

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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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Brief but rewarding

This lovingly written memoir gives an insider's view of the 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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Walk Down Memory Lane

I enjoyed the book overall. The narration was pretty good and the timeline provided a walk down memory lane for me. I was skeptical in may ways about the one-sided portrayal of the relationship between Andrew and George, especially when it came tot he break up of the band.

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Wonderful Memoir

This was a wonderful memoir, heartfelt and beautifully written. Andrew brings to life the stories of his life and Wham with his picturesque tales.

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Thank you Andrew!

Andrew Ridgeley delivers a perfect read in the audible audio-book version of his memoir and raises it a one-up over the printed version of this book. Extremely well-written and satisfyingly comprehensive, I found myself pacing my listening times; maximizing the experience so that I could get to reminisce the WHAM! days along with Andrew a little bit each day instead of just killing the book in one sitting, as I was tempted to do. Andrew Ridgeley gives us the back story of the duo known as WHAM! and their incredible rise to super-stardom like nobody else on the planet could do.
So for that honest and unique perspective, Mr. Ridgeley, we sincerely thank you! Your memoir is a gift that only strengthens the bond we as your fans made with you and George not so long ago; a perfect compliment to an already unforgettable story.
I am saddened beyond words with the loss of George Michael, as are millions of others, of course. However, I realized that your friend George lives on through this work. I put this book right alongside my cherished recordings of WHAM! and George Michael and, you know, it helps! Thank you for creating a means by which some closure could be made...or—at least—helps me head in that direction, anyway.

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Beautiful friendship

I always enjoyed Wham! and George Michael and now I love Wham!, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. What a beautifully documented story of friendship, coming of age and successful careers.

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Heartwarming & Heartbreaking all at the same time

I loved this book, the pathos and ethos, the candid and warm way Mr Ridgley shared his memories of his beloved friend.

Thanks for giving us all the gift of pushing your friend to the heights of excellence and taking us along for the ride.

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Good review of how to be a pop star!

Being a George Michael fan, I was hoping Andrew Ridgeley would eventually write a book about his friendship w George. Andrew wrote a very loving and touching tribute to his friend and band mate.