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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 Books Ltd

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I loved hearing Wham’s story

Childhood friends become worldwide stars.
Fascinating and touching. Andrew’s voice is so soothing. Sweet and heartfelt.

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Reliving the good ol 80s

I grew up with Wham.. we had our local Pick Of The Week top 6 with Wake me Up and Careless Whispers hitting no1 in Penang. Great memories..
Thank you to Andrew for this memoir.

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Smashing!

This was a wonderful and heart felt book. I enjoyed every moment. Andrew’s narration brought the happiness and sadness that could only come from him and not another narrator. It’s a must listen!

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Excellent

Thanks goes to Andrew for writing such a beautiful account of his experience developing Wham and, his personal relationship with George Michael. A personable, thoughtful and respectfully written book. George would be proud. You Andrew, was the wind beneath his wings. Your support of George and his talent helped launch his remarkable solo career.

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wham, bam thank you ma'am!

George and Andrew were on posters on my wall growing up. so this was a fun look into how they became famous. Andrew never betrayed George's trust even in writing this- no salty drama here. just 2 grateful guys happy to have a band. it was so sad as he learned of his friends death on Christmas. I really enjoyed this book!

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Thanks Andrew

really enjoyed hearing about how y'all got to know each other and George's early life and your Wham days it was wonderful thank you

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Thank you Andrew

Am a 48 year old male who had the privilege of growing up with Wham and George Michael. Living in the USA and can remember being in 7 grade and every morning listening to wham before school Andrew and George has been with me my hole life and still going strong. Thanks Andrew for this book I was always waiting for your side of the story..

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Wham fans will enjoy this

Very insightful look into wham . Loved it learned things I didn’t know . Much respect for Andrew

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WHAM! George and Me

Great story! Glad there wasn’t a lot of focus on George’s passing- Andrew said what he needed to say about it & that’s all that was needed. Wished Andrew had talked/written more about what George would recall several times- the girls he would swipe from him! Would of been fun hearing about that.

But a fabulous book Andrew! Well written!
xoxo

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Well Worth the Read/Listen

Absolutely awesome book. Wham and George Michael have had a spot on my playlist since I was barely able to speak, and George remains my favorite artist. It was great to hear the backstory and inner-workings of the band, as well as Andrew's thoughts and memories. The book is not short at all, but it's so interesting and easy to listen to that I couldn't help but wish there was more as it wrapped. Thank you, Andrew for offering this to the world.

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  • Stephanie B.
  • 10-04-19

Thank you

Such a beautiful and candid account of the band who made my teenager years a little easier.
Thank you Andrew, thank you George and thank you Wham ❤️

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  • krystal peck
  • 10-03-19

Wham! George & Me

Wow! Just finished listening. Andrew has done an exceptional job of balancing out the contents of this incredible audio book. While some parts are very moving it mainly throws you right back to the 80s as you follow two ambitious 'young guns'. A great must 'listen' to audio book for everyone!

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  • ziggy starburst
  • 11-25-19

A list of things that wham did.

First of all, I really like this guy. Hes really gracious about his life and how the career of George Michael overshadowed his own life. He kept his dignity throughout and never seemed bitter and at times it must have been tough for him being in the limelight but George was an incredible talent so its understandable that he had to stand aside after few years. Onto the book. I had high hopes that we would learn something more about their lives and perhaps a few anecdotes to lift it along but it just sounds like hes reading a list of their career. Things like "when we did top of the pops we saw...." and he lists the stars. Same with Live aid. We know who sang on the Band aid single. A few more anecdotes wouldnt have gone amiss. He was there amongst it all and we learn nothing about what happened behind the scenes of the mayhem. I did get the impression he was already being pushed aside at that point though. Its great that he narrated it himself but he didnt really seem to enjoy the experience and delivery was fairly sterile too. In summary, hes a lovely bloke and has had a pretty amazing life but theres not much substance to the book which is a great shame. In his defence he probably had to hold back a little bit where George was concerned as George is no longer with us but I felt he was holding out all the time.

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  • Julie G
  • 10-04-19

Delightful listen

Eloquent, warm and funny
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  • "scarlioni"
  • 10-09-20

Wake Me Up

Listening to this is a frustrating experience. Ridgeley seems a pleasant and well-adjusted man with no axe to grind but the listener is left yearning for more than he gives. What you get is a detailed itinerary of his and George Michael's time together, from secondary school to the end of their time in Wham! (each tour or album always given its full title for full cross-checking purposes), but little of the man himself. There is some inelegance in the telling: Ridgeley seems 70% self-aware, 15% Mr Pooter, and 15% Alan Partridge. George Michael's sexuality is, naturally, a subject that the listener is anticipating but when that subject is arrived at it is wholly perfunctory and then we move on. I accepted Ridgeley's account that he hadn't suspected it at the time Michael confided but, given their friendship and GM's evident struggles over the years, it seems odd that it was never the subject of further conversation and emphasis between them - or, if it was, we are not told. The result is that, while we are told frequently that GM was his "best friend", it's a friendship that seems lacking in an important dimension. That might be something Ridgeley wants to keep to himself, but in a memoir with a title implying the opposite the listener is left short-changed. Disappointing.

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  • Rocella
  • 10-08-19

slightly disappointed

It really pains me not to love this book as much as I did Wham! back in the day. However, Andrew’s narration lacked passion and interest. He didn’t tell us their story instead he read us a story in a flat monologue.

Content was fair but it felt like much was missed. As a massive Wham! fan who favored Andrew I’d still listen to this book but I wish Andrew had relaxed into the story and made it feel more “real”.

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  • Draper74
  • 11-14-20

Narrated with very little spark, little disappointing.

Whilst I brought this to better understand the relationship within Wham, Andrew delivers his memoirs with very very little spark and monotone throughout. I was expecting lots of excitement from their time as boys, the travels and bounces the pop idols represent and experience. Would have been great to hear more inclusion of the girls and other band members. Naturally the deviating loss of George was in anticipation of the tone of the book, play a rushed ending chapter. I loved Wham at the time, the time was Fantastic! Andrew needed to deliver more of this time.

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  • Barkingside
  • 10-10-19

A Personal Memoire

This is neither an Andrew auto biography or a George biography. It is purely their 'Wham' life. There are no secrets revealed, nothing explosive. A gentle, polite recollection. Personally I would have liked a few more stories of exploits, close shaves, disagreements etc . It feels like it has gone through a redaction of sorts. Two young men having the time of their lives, seeing the world was not reflected in this book. Maybe in a few years there will be a second book going deeper.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-19

Beautifully read story about the journey of wham!

The story about wham! Told from one of the only two people who can truly relay the events. Beautifully read by Andrew ridgeley, an emotional and funny story. Loved every minute!

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  • Tara
  • 12-31-19

Snidey, bitter and full of self importance

As a huge Wham! fan, Andrew was my favourite but this book is a real disappointment. Subtle and sometimes blatant stains on George's character and career are not what you expect from someone that claims, at every opportunity, that they were best friends. Smacks of sycophantic at times and it is clear Andrew feels hard done by. Yes, there are compliments but these are quickly counter balanced with an attack on George's vanity/insecurity/decisions. Ridgeley vacillates between blowing his own trumpet, playing his own violin and stabbing his best friend in the back; how convenient George can't justify/refute/validate any of these assertions. Certainly not the qualities I'd look for in a friend. And all drearily delivered and somewhat repetitive. No wonder he was never the shining star George was. And so glad Shirley chose Martin 😂

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

A Must for Wham and George Michael Fans

I loved this from beginning to end. Thank you to Andrew for sharing his beautiful story.

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  • Paul Jones
  • 10-14-19

Wonderful and beautifully written by Andrew

Of his friendship with George and their time in Wham! together. Love every minute listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

So young and yet they were discovered

Amazing how they were so young
And they made it.
Short time together as they're time was up. but of course remain good friends

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  • F
  • 07-18-21

Great

Well worth the read! It a great honor to the man himself. It’s nice to know more about behind the scenes

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  • L. A. Brimacombe
  • 07-06-21

Brilliany done by Andrew Ridgeley.

Fascinating, moving and eloquently narrated by Andrew Ridgeley. "what a kick just a buddy and me" as GM sings in Freedom 90. Best friends conquer the world and oh how young they were back then too. Thanks Andrew.

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  • Matt Wood
  • 05-27-21

Excellent

What a wonderful story - engaging, funny, ultimately heartbreaking, a beautiful story very well told. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Rochelle
  • 02-21-21

Fabulous

As a huge Wham! I found this book amazing. I loved that Andrew read it.

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  • Saxon Fraser
  • 12-14-20

Honest Effort

I grew up near these guys. Nearly the same time. Andrew's reading was detailed and thorough in parts. The Boys relationship came through as genuine. Andrew didn't want to risk upsetting anyone and who can blame him. It was like him skimming through his diary. Nothing too deep. I hope there is more to be told. Especially about the untimely demise of the hero of this tale.

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  • Shane
  • 06-28-20

I have, very much, been loved.

As a Gen X'er, Wham was a small part of my 80's musical collage. I didnt ride their train at the time but do still love the music they created together.

George however, hit me hard with Older. That album is one of my top 10 favourite albums of all time, up there with Jeff Buckley's Grace.

I found this book thanks to YouTube and their algorithm that foisted the video of Andrew revisting his childhood home on me one night when TV was bollocks.
I was so taken by him in that video that I searched for and found this book, a book that has been utterly enjoyable and a pleasure to listen to.

I do believe I will search out a signed copy.
Thanks Andrew.

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  • Angelina Reay
  • 04-05-20

Loved it, so many memories

What an interesting insights into such a memorable phenomenon of my youth. And what a beautiful story of determination and friendship. The media at the time certainly portrayed a very different picture. Shame on them!