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Madonna is the biggest female pop star in the world yet there is no serious biography of her, and no biography at all by a woman. Existing books are either gossipy style manuals or rehashes of press cuttings and they all end in 2001 with Madonna's marriage to Guy Ritchie. Yet her story hardly ends there, as evinced by her two record breaking world tours since then...Lucy O'Brien's extensive and well-researched biography will look at Madonna the artist, giving detailed analysis of her music, complete with revealing interviews with musicians and producers.It will focus on her cultural impact and the way she uses cinema, photography, visual art, theatre and dance in her work. It will take an in-depth look at how - and, more to the point, why - Madonna has reinvented herself through her twenties, thirties, forties and will no doubt do so again in her fifties. It will also look at the wider context and include interviews with similarly crusading female artists like Tori Amos, Laurie Anderson, Jeanette Winterson and Tracey Emin. This will be, quite simply, the definitive Madonna more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 131 x 196 x 38mm | 422g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations, ports. (chiefly col.)
  • 0552153613
  • 9780552153614
  • 608,766

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About Lucy O'Brien

Writer and broadcaster Lucy O'Brien is the author of the award-winning She Bop, a definitive history of women in popular music. She has also published bestselling biographies of Dusty Springfield and Annie Lennox. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Rock 'n' Roll Is Here to Stay, and Punk Rock, So What? She teaches Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. Lucy lives in London with her husband, a musician, and their two more

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Madonna Ciccone is the highest-earning female singer of all time, one of our greatest living pop icons and possibly the most famous woman in the world. She has reinvented herself time and time again and continues to top the charts. In 2008, unbelievably, she is hitting her 50th birthday. Complete with detailed analysis of Madonna's music, revealing interviews with her intimate inner circle - her dancers, backing musicians and producers - Lucy O'Brien follows Madonna from her difficult childhood, to those frenetic early years in New York, through the shocks and scandals of the 1990s Sex era, to her twenty-first-century incarnation as English Lady of the Manor, and the controversial Malawian adoption saga. Providing fascinating insight into Madonna's life, her relationships, and what motivates her as a woman and as an artist, here at last is the definitive biography of one of the biggest stars in the more

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