The definitive biography of George Michael, offering an expansive look at the troubled life of the legendary singer, songwriter, and pop superstar Â Â Â George Michael was an extravagantly gifted, openhearted soul singer whose work was both pained and smolderingly erotic. He was a songwriter of true craft and substance, and his music swept the world, starting in the mid-1980s. His fabricated imageâthat of a hypermacho sex godâloomed large in the pop culture of his day. It also hidâfor a timeâthe secret he fought against revealing: Michael was gay. Soon his obsession with fame would start to backfire. As one of the industryâs most privileged yet tortured men began to self-destruct, the press showed little sympathy. George Michael: A LifeÂ explores the compelling story of a superstar whose struggles, as well as his songs, continue to touch fans all over the world. Â Â Â Â Acclaimed music biographer James Gavin traces Michaelâs metamorphosis from the shy and awkward Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou into the swaggering, dominant half of the leading British pop duo of the 1980s Wham!; he then details Michaelâs sensational solo career and its subsequent unraveling. With deep analysis of the creative process behind Michaelâs albums, tours, and music videos, as well as interviews with hundreds of his friends and colleagues, George Michael: A Life is a probing, definitive portrait of a pop legend.