The 25 Boldest Career Moves In Rock History

From Bob Dylan becoming born again to Panic! at the Disco dropping the exclamation mark, the decisions that have changed the music world

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George Michael Walks Away From His Career

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It's easy to forget now, but in the late Eighties George Michael was one of the biggest rock stars in the world. Everything he touched turned to gold, but he got pissed at Sony in 1991 when he felt they didn't adequately support his new LP Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. His response was to completely walk away from his career for the next five years. The industry went through a series of radical changes during his absence, and when he came back with Older in 1996 his audience had largely moved on. He made his point, but it was costly.

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