Books: 'New York Polaroids 1976-1989'

Andy Warhol, Madonna, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Glenn O'Brien, John Lurie - iconic symbols from a bygone New York City. One that was cheaper, grittier and pulsing with new music, art and powerful personalities.

Swiss photographer and director Edo Bertoglio lived in the hot core of the old Big Apple. From 1976 to 1989, he captured New York's thriving artist community on his Polaroid camera.

Those shots make up the 140 photos in his new book, 'New York Polaroids 1976-1989.' It is sort of a 'personal diary,' chronicling Bertoglio's surroundings and friends in intimate and passing moments, much like quick shots taken on phones today.

Bertoglio's Manhattan was far from the today's Manhattan, which now has the highest cost-of-living in the United States. Rents were so cheap that artists could work in a restaurant for a few days a month to pay the bills, and then they could spend the rest of their time creating and partying in clubs like Studio 54, Mudd Club and Club 57.

'The music was really the thing that kept this community together,' Bertoglio said. 'And of course at the time, we were very young, so we had aspirations to be a photographer, a fashion designer, a writer, an actor. ... It was a lot of creativity.'

'New York Polaroids 1976-1989' is available via Yard Press at www.yardpress.it/new-york-polaroids-1976-1989

From edition.cnn.com/new-york-polaroids/

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Monte PIttman: 'Over 100 days of rehearsal in already!'

Madonna's guitarist Monte Pittman just posted this message and pictures from Rebel Heart Tour rehearsals in New York.

'Over 100 days of rehearsal in already! Here's the starting point with the rig. I've got a few changes to make. Almost there. Can't wait to get the show on the road! I'm enjoying this part of it though. I'm loving this set! @madonna ‪#‎RebelHeartTour‬ ‪#‎Layout‬ ‪#‎FRX‬ ‪#‎Eclipse‬'

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The Confessions Ball VIP Ticket Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the five winners of the madonnalicious competition to win five pairs of VIP tickets to The Confessions Ball.

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Confessions Ball / Saturday 29th August / Eagle London / 9pm – 4am / Tickets from £6 / Door £10

Madonna Celebrate with Madonnalicious present - A world exclusive event... THE CONFESSIONS BALL!

Celebrating The Queen of Pop with international acclaimed acts Jonny Woo, DJ David Oh and Melissa Totten. The club interior for one night only designed by one of the set dressers from Baz Lurmans, Moulin Rouge. Seven massive video screens will also be broadcasting classic Madge moments, so there'll be no escape from the Material Girl.

The event is jam packed with all things Madonna, including a full screening of the Confessions Tour & VIP ‘bubbly’ reception in the multi-mirror ball confessions dance floor, Madonna shop, a Vogue ‘runway’, Confessions Booth, Rebel heart photo-wall, ‘Secret Garden’, Queen Of Pop ‘ART’ installation and the Dress Code is Madonna - Confessions.

You can win 2 tickets to Madonna’s Rebel Heart show at the O2!

An exclusive ‘Living for Love’ from international Madonna impersonator Melissa Totten, she will be armed with backing dancers and ready to get you Hung Up! Followed by dancing boys and titillating girls this show is going to be a must see for all Madonna fans.

Also, don’t forget as we have an extra treat for our loyal clubbers we are going to have a special screening of Confessions Tour show will be shown at 7.30pm. BE THERE EARLY!

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Win tickets to The Confessions Ball in London!

madonnalicious is offering readers the chance to win one of FIVE PAIRS of VIP tickets to The Confessions Ball.

VIP Tickets include ‘Bubbly’ & Canapés reception 7.30pm - 9pm, ‘Madonna’ Cocktail, 4 x Madonna event poster pack and 1 Entry to Rebel Heart raffle (Chance to win 2 x Tickets to Madonna’s o2 London show)

All you need to do is email your contact details to madonnalicious@gmail.com with 'The Confessions Ball' as the email subject. Five winners (each winning a pair of tickets) will be randomly picked from the entries. Closing date is 18:00 BST on Friday 21 August. Please note you need to be 18+ years old to enter.

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Confessions Ball / Saturday 29th August / Eagle London / 9pm – 4am / Tickets from £6 / Door £10

Madonna Celebrate with Madonnalicious present - A world exclusive event... THE CONFESSIONS BALL!

Celebrating The Queen of Pop with international acclaimed acts Jonny Woo, DJ David Oh and Melissa Totten. The club interior for one night only designed by one of the set dressers from Baz Lurmans, Moulin Rouge. Seven massive video screens will also be broadcasting classic Madge moments, so there'll be no escape from the Material Girl.

The event is jam packed with all things Madonna, including a full screening of the Confessions Tour & VIP ‘bubbly’ reception in the multi-mirror ball confessions dance floor, Madonna shop, a Vogue ‘runway’, Confessions Booth, Rebel heart photo-wall, ‘Secret Garden’, Queen Of Pop ‘ART’ installation and the Dress Code is Madonna - Confessions.

You can win 2 tickets to Madonna’s Rebel Heart show at the O2!

An exclusive ‘Living for Love’ from international Madonna impersonator Melissa Totten, she will be armed with backing dancers and ready to get you Hung Up! Followed by dancing boys and titillating girls this show is going to be a must see for all Madonna fans.

Also, don’t forget as we have an extra treat for our loyal clubbers we are going to have a special screening of Confessions Tour show will be shown at 7.30pm. BE THERE EARLY!

Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1452447955062139

GET TICKETS HERE: www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/190631


Joe Henry's birthday message to Madonna

Madonna's brother-in-law and sometime musical collaborator Joe Henry posted this birthday message on his facebook page, along with a high school yearbook picture:

This is the young woman I met shortly after our family's move to Michigan in 1975 - as I entered my sophomore year of high school and, she, her senior one. together, we were in the Thespian Society; and in that winter's first production, we were cast as mother and son - the wife and child of Ralph Waldo Emerson - in a play about Thoreau.

She was whip-smart and short on patience; and to tell the truth, she scared me more than a little, but along with her sister Paula, her presence upon my landscape nudged open a door through which I would pass and find my life utterly and forever changed...that unusual and sprawling family becoming, years later, my own.

No one is more surprised than iI by the way our lives have expanded; by the way that our journeys have diverged and become entangled. Like anyone, I can sometimes forget to see the flesh and blood/heart and mind behind the parade float that is her public persona. But then I will find myself across the kitchen table from her, sharing a martini, and be additionally shocked to recognize anew the compact, terse-yet-compassionate human at the switches.

I have told this tale before, but it bears repeating: when Elvis Presley died on this date in 1977, this upstart professed in real-time that she felt his spirit had passed out of his body and through her own in exodus.

I laughed at her then for such outrageous self-possession, at the arrogance that I assumed must allow her to declare such publicly.

Today, when there is laughter, it is the laugh of recognition I hear - and it begins somewhere high above me, where things that once seemed implausible play with wild abandon and in broad daylight.

Happy Birthday, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone.

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