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George Michael

Kirsty Young's castaway is singer George Michael.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is George Michael. As a singer and songwriter he has enjoyed massive global success for a quarter of a century. He's sold more than 100 million records, won two Grammy awards and notched up countless number one hits.

His ability to write, produce, and perform perfect pop songs is unquestioned. But along with the career highs, there have been lows too: he lost a long wrangle with his record company, was crippled by bereavement and for years questions about his sexuality were a matter of newspaper headlines until he was spectacularly outed a decade ago. In a rare interview, George Michael talks candidly to Kirsty Young about how he regained his emotional and professional confidence - and is now a happier and more peaceful man.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Love is a Losing Game by Amy Winehouse
Book: Any book of short stories by Doris Lessing
Luxury: DB9 car.

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45 minutes

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Fri 5 Oct 2007 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Amy Winehouse

      Love is a Losing Game

      • Back to Black.
      • Island.
  • Roxy Music

    Do The Strand

    • The Best of Roxy Music.
    • Virgin.
  • Gnarls Barkley


    • Crazy.
    • WEA.
  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    • Never Mind/Nirvana.
    • Geffen.
  • Pet Shop Boys

    Being Boring

    • Being Boring.
    • Parlophone.
  • Goldfrapp

    Paper Bag

    • Felt Mountain.
    • Mute.
  • Kanye West

    Gold Digger

    • Kanye West/Gold Digger.
    • Roc a Fella.
  • Rufus Wainwright

    Going to a Town

    • Release the Stars.
    • Geffen.
  • Book Choice

    • Any book of short stories - Doris Lessing

  • Luxury Choice

    • DB9 car


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest George Michael


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