Links for December 29, 2016

George Michael, Pop Superstar, Has Died at 53

George Michael, the creamy-voiced English songwriter who sold tens of millions of albums as a member of the duo Wham! and on his own, was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was 53.

The Individualism And Fist-Pumping Of George Michael’s ‘Freedom ‘90’

Again, while it’s declaring independence, it’s also admitting vulnerability: part of the reason to preserve your artistic and personal sense of self goes well beyond principle – you do it because to do otherwise can make you desperate and lonely. Then a shift: “I will not let you down/so please don’t give me up/’cause I would really really love to stick around.”

“Please don’t give me up.” Please. Very often, you find a song of independence – of freedom – steeped in a kind of “I don’t need anybody and I don’t care what anybody thinks” autonomous flippancy, structured like a kiss-off. This is the opposite.

Carrie Fisher, Child of Hollywood and ‘Star Wars’ Royalty, Dies at 60

Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.

Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking - Star Wars

Debbie Reynolds, Wholesome Ingénue in 1950s Films, Dies at 84

Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.

1080p HD "Good Morning" ~ Singin' in the Rain (1952)