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Madonna: True Blue

Review by Davitt Sigerson, Rolling Stone, July 1986

OF ALL CURRENT superstars, none has manipulated the apparatus of fame more astutely than Madonna. Like Prince, she recognized the virtue of a one-word name ...

Madonna the Missus

Essay by Ben Thompson, Independent, The, May 2001

IN HENRY JAMES' 1873 short story ‘The Madonna of the Future’, the American protagonist visits the city of Florence, where he encounters a strange and ...

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Madonna: Mad On A Dance Floor

Profile and Interview by Kris Needs, Flexipop!, May 1983

THESE DAYS I wake up more and more feeling death's breath around the corner as I near the winter of my years. It's so hard ...

Madonna: Madonna (Sire)

Review by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, October 1983

LAZY MADONNA ...

Cheek to Cheatham: Madonna/Oliver Cheatham

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, November 1983

FROM CHIC TO STREET: BARNEY HOSKYNS FINDS OUT HOW FAR MADONNA AND OLIVER CHEATHAM HAVE MOTORED SINCE QUITTING DETROIT VIA THE DANCE STUDIOS OF NEW ...

Madonna: 'Bruce Springsteen Was Born To Run, I Was Born To Flirt...'

Essay by Richard Cook, Sounds, February 1986

RICHARD COOK takes a manly look at the pop tart goddess, MADONNA, who has put sleaze and safety back into pop stardom ...

Madonna: True Blue

Review by Don Watson, New Musical Express, July 1986

"SO I'M HERE looking through an old picture frame/Waiting for a perfect view/I hope something special will come into my life/Another fine edition of you" ...

Madonna: The Crucifixion Of A Junkyard Angel

Comment by Lucy O'Brien, John McCready, New Musical Express, December 1986

Madonna: The Crucifixion Of A Junkyard Angel, part 1Lucy O'Brien ...

Madonna: Houston Astrodome, Texas

Live Review by Mat Snow, Sounds, August 1987

So who is that girl! MAT SNOW travels to Texas and discovers a MADONNA who owes little to the soft vulnerability of Marilyn Monroe and ...

Madonna: Wishing on a Star

Essay by Paul Mathur, Spin, April 1989

Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes ...

Madonna: Like A Prayer

Review by Lloyd Bradley, Q, May 1989

TRUE BLUE was not going to be bettered and the three years since haven't been Madonna's easiest, so Like A Prayer follows the only logical ...

A Madonna Discography: The First Decade

Guide by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, LA Weekly, 1990

THE ABBREVIATED HISTORY of music: first some guy banged on a rock in a cave somewhere: later there was Missing Persons, and now there’s Madonna. ...

Madonna

Interview by Glenn O'Brien, Interview, 1990

I interviewed Madonna at the Disney Studios, of all places, where she was rehearsing her Blond Ambition tour. It's not really so odd that she ...

Madonna: The Immaculate Collection

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Sire Records, 1990

"The Coolest Queen of White Heat"... "An outrageous blend of Little Orphan Annie, Margaret Thatcher and Mae West"... "Narcissistic, brazen, comic... the Goddess of the ...

The Empress' New Clothes

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, May 1990

As Britain limbers up for her Blonde Ambition tour and Dick Tracy movie, Barney Hoskyns casts a sceptical eye over the talents of Madonna Louise ...

Madonna: I'm Breathless

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, June 1990

THE VIDEO FOR Madonna's recent Number 1 has her "voguing" her way through a series of classic Hollywood images. As Madonna metamorphoses into blonde after ...

The Billion Dollar Lady's New Deal

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Times, The, November 1991

THE NEWS THAT Madonna has just clinched a deal making her the highest-paid performer in the history of the pop industry only confirms what we ...

Madonna: Non-Stop Erotica Cabaret

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, September 1992

Few papers get to interview MADONNA. Hardly anyone gets to see her home. Now — exclusively, natch — the NME charm their way into the ...

Madonna: Dominatrix Of The Trade

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, October 1992

In Part Two of our sexclusive interview, GAVIN MARTIN reveals how an increasingly in-control MADONNA plans to conquer the '90s with her multi-media conglomerate Maverick, ...

Madonna: Erotica

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1992

WEIRD. ALMOST EVERY blushful purchaser will have recently caught the artist in flagrante, bollock, so to speak, naked. ...

Shep Pettibone: Spontaneous Combustion

Interview by Jeff Lorez, Blues & Soul, April 1993

No amount of studio technology can ever compete with the priceless element of spontaneity to set things on fire, says Shep... ...

Girlie In A Coma: Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, October 1993

8.25PM: SHE'S HERE. Heads swivel and mouths gawp as her Royal Raunchiness makes an entrance few could hope to emulate. "I saw her! I saw ...

Damsel In Distress?: Madonna: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, October 1993

"DO YOU think she's lonely?" The question comes halfway through a butt-bumping take on 'Deeper And Deeper'. ...

Essential Guide To "Explicit" Albums

Guide by Stephen Dalton, Vox, August 1994

Back in 1985, one seemingly harmless song led a woman to take unprecedented action against the American recording industry. Thanks to her moral crusade, albums ...

Madonna: Bedtime Stories

Review by Mat Snow, Q, December 1994

"MINNIE MOUSE on helium," was how wags described Madonna back in the days of 'Holiday' and 'Lucky Star'. Such a girlie voice clearly betokened a ...

Immaculate Projection: Madonna: Ray Of Light (Maverick/WEA) *****

Review by Angus Batey, Vox, April 1998

Music, motherhood and much, much more: real revelation from the world's most famous single parent ...

Madonna: Ray Of Light

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, April 1998

La Ciccone's latest embarks on a course of 'techno' therapy ...

Madonna: Ray Of Light (WEA) ****

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, April 1998

She's dumped Warren Beatty, she's been Eva Peron and she's had Carlos The Tackle's child. Now it's time to go back to work... ...

Madonna: Mother of Reinvention

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Vox, April 1998

With a new image and a new album MADONNA comes to 1998 in bullish form. Here, we assess the Material Girl's metamorphosis from disco diva ...

Madonna: Music

Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, October 2000

Her Madgesty's eighth studio album is a clinical future-dance monster ...

Madonna: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, February 2001

The live shows you really shouldn't have missed - a transcendent pop moment ...

Madonna: Madonna****; Like A Virgin***; True Blue**** (Maverick/Warner)

Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, July 2001

THE MAKING of a modern icon – her first three LPs remastered with extra remixes. ...

Madonna: GHV2

Review by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, January 2002

Second decade of hits and myths from La Ciccone — but no 'American Pie' ...

Madonna: Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Retrospective by Lucy O'Brien, Q, March 2002

Plagued by accusations of bimboism and blasphemy, Madonna put on her conical bra, reduced her body fat to an "unhealthy level" and began playing with ...

Madonna: American Life

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, April 2003

AS A single, Madonna's 'American Life' is both a clever cultural statement and a crushing disappointment. ...

Madonna: The Early Days

Retrospective and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, September 2003

"SHE'LL BE BIGGER than Olivia Newton John!" That's what incandescent young A&R man Michael Rosenblatt told his boss, Sire Records founder-owner Seymour Stein back in ...

Madonna : Manchester Evening News Arena

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2004

PARTS OF MANCHESTER almost ground to a halt this weekend as the European wing of Madonna’s Reinvention Tour opened with two nights at the city’s ...

Madonna

Retrospective by Dan Gennoe, Q Icons, Fall 2004

THE EXECUTIVES at MTV must have thought God himself was shining a light on them. In 1984, for the first Video Music Awards, they needed ...

Stayin' Alive: Madonna: Confessions On A Dancefloor (Warner Bros) ****

Review by Keith Cameron, MOJO, December 2005

Her Madgesty's career saving eleventh album proves it's never too late to get back into the groove ...

Madonna: HP Pavilion, San Jose

Live Review by Joel Selvin, SF Gate, June 2006

Madonna follows her glitzy, exhausting script to the letter. The Madonna circus rolls in — but it's not about the music ...

Madonna: Hard Candy

Review by Ben Thompson, Observer, The, April 2008

Thanks to her henchmen, writes Ben Thompson, the shameless idol still has much to give ...

Madonna: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff ***

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, August 2008

HOURS BEFORE Madonna launched her Sticky & Sweet world tour in Cardiff on Saturday, the phenomenal pulling power of history's biggest ever female pop star ...

Seen It All Before: Madonna, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, September 2008

After 25 years of pop hits, Madonna's shock tactics are just embarrassing  ...

Madonna: Why Madonna's Still A Material Girl

Profile by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, April 2009

Turning 50 and divorcing Guy Ritchie doesn’t seem to have dented Madonna’s fortune – or her bankability. Robert Sandall investigates the business of being a ...

Thoughts On Madonna's MDNA Tour in America

Live Review by Carol Cooper, Rock's Backpages, September 2012

AS I WRITE THIS Thursday night, I can hear Madonna singing from Yankee Stadium through the window of my Harlem apartment. In fact, the sound ...

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