Books: 'Madonna: Album by Album'

Looking for ideas for Christmas presents? Then what about this new Madonna 256-page book by by music journalist Caroline Sullivan?

Madonna is the top-selling female recording artist of all time, and a fearless, boundary-pushing artist who constantly reinvents herself and her music. Updated to include Rebel Heart, this authoritative illustrated book examines all 13 of Madonna’s studio albums in fine detail, placing each in context and charting the trendsetting musician's influence on fashion and popular culture. Covering every hit record and era-defining image, and featuring a wealth of rare and iconic photographs, Madonna takes a unique look at the legendary star's extraordinary output.


'The Madonna of Bolton' gets film deal and Madonna's blessing!

Exciting news in from Matt Cain the author of crowd-funded novel 'The Madonna of Bolton', the book has now got a six-figure film rights deal with Live Nation and has Madonna's blessing!

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon via


Journalist Matt Cain’s novel, one of the fastest-funded in Unbound’s history, has won a six-figure film deal.

The publication date of the former Attitude editor’s The Madonna of Bolton had already been pushed forward by Unbound to 12th July after receiving a rush of support from crowdfunders last autumn, including many high profile authors, after initially being rejected by mainstream publishers.

Now the film arm of Live Nation, which also represents Madonna, has bought the film rights to the work with the options for sequels and a stage musical in a six figure deal, which comes with the pop icon’s “blessing”, Cain told The Bookseller. The deal with Live Nation Productions, which is based in Los Angeles and focuses on "groundbreaking, musically-driven stories", also comes with permission to use the pop icon's music.

Cain's third novel was picked up by Unbound last year after being declined more than 30 times by traditional publishers. Authors including David Walliams, David Nicholls and S J Watson were among those to pledge money to crowdfund the work and it reached its goal in just seven days, becoming one of the fastest-funded books on the platform.

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This news was also picked up in London newspaper the Evening Standard.


The Madonna of Bolton: Publishing Date Moved Forward

Back in October 2017 we asked our readers in this post madonnalicious/2017/10/the-madonna-of-bolton to help support a crowd-funding campaign by Matt Cain, editor-in-chief at Attitude and Winq magazines, to help fund his new book after being told by publishers that Madonna 'is over' and not worth investing in.

Once the Madonna community got behind it, the book became one of the fastest-funded books on the Unbound platform and has now had the publishing date brought forward to 12 July this year.

The Bookseller has published this article on the latest update

The publication date of journalist Matt Cain’s The Madonna of Bolton has been brought forward by Unbound due to the support it has received by crowdfunders.

Cain's third novel was picked up by Unbound after being rejected more than 30 times by traditional publishers. Authors including David Walliams, David Nicholls and S J Watson are among those to pledge money to crowdfund the title, leading it to become one of the fastest-funded books on the Unbound platform.

The book - which tells the story of Charlie Matthews, growing up in Bolton, whose obsession with Madonna sees him through some tough times - was originally due to be published in spring 2019 but will now be released on 12th July this year, in time for Madonna's 60th birthday on 16th August.

Cain told The Bookseller that he is 'absolutely thrilled' that the publication date for his novel has been brought forward.

'It’s no secret that I struggled for years to get this book published so to have such an incredible response to the crowdfunding campaign in October was amazing, but now to see the publishing industry getting behind it with such enthusiasm is a dream come true', he said.

Cain added that it is also 'very gratifying, not to mention exciting', to have so much interest from retailers who recognise the book's 'commercial potential'.

According to Cain, following the deaths of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince and George Michael, Madonna is the only leading 80s pop star who is still alive, so this year will see a big celebration of her work and career.

Cain said: 'I’m particularly pleased that it will be published in time for Madonna’s 60th birthday and all the media interest I know this will generate. All in all, it adds up to the perfect launch pad for a book I care about so passionately.'

Unbound said the original publication date was spring 2019, but that it is hoping to capitalise on all the buzz the book has been having, and early interest from the trade, by bringing the date forward.

Katy Guest, the book's editor, said: 'I’m so excited about Matt’s novel, which is warm and funny and full of surprises. So I’m thrilled to see that readers all over the world are getting excited about it too. They’ve got a treat to come.'

25 Years Later, Madonna’s ‘Sex’ Book Is Still Pop’s Most Radical Moment

Twenty-five years ago, Madonna put the world in a trance with the release of Sex. Well, she put some of the world in a trance: During its first day in stores, the $50 coffee-table book, which lived up to its carnal title, sold 150,000 copies, and it soon topped The New York Times Best Seller list. Of course, because it was mainstream art promoting libidinous pleasure, a puritanical outcry followed. Many critics, cultural theorists and fans alike found the BDSM-themed photo collection scandalizing, even repulsive. In their eyes, Madonna, who already faced accessions of overexposure following a decade of chart-topping provocations, had crossed the line.

Today, Sex is still the most radical career move a pop star has ever made.

During Madonna’s imperial phase - the ephemeral period in an artist’s career when everything turns to commercial gold - she sang about teenage pregnancy, introduced the famous cone bra, burned Christian crosses, simulated masturbation on an arena tour and made a video so prurient that even the youth-centric MTV refused to air it. That was child’s play.

The publication of Sex - on Oct. 21, 1992, one day after its companion album 'Erotica' arrived to mixed reviews - marked the moment Madonna’s priorities graduated from making you dance to making you horny. Michael Jackson had been grabbing his crotch for years, and Prince wore an assless pantsuit to the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards, but women were only allowed to push so many buttons. The competing female pop stars of the 1980s couched their sexuality in other aesthetics: punk camp (Cyndi Lauper), androgyny (Annie Lennox), anthems about respect (Janet Jackson), love-hungry wholesomeness (Whitney Houston). For Madonna, however, there was a continuum between 'Like a Virgin,' the 1984 single that sparked her first brush with controversy, and 'Erotica,' a concept album about fornication, conceived in the shadow of the conservative Reagan era and the ongoing AIDS crisis.

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The Madonna of Bolton: Update

A big thank you to everyone who help crowd-fund Matt Cain's Madonna inspired book 'The Madonna of Bolton'. As of today it is 105% funded with 536 backers.

Matt himself posted this message on Facebook: 'Am feeling overwhelmed. You guys have just helped me hit 100% of my target and made #TheMadonnaOfBolton Unbound's fastest crowdfunded novel ever! Next stop the Frankfurt Book Fair - and taking on the world. My childhood self would be proud! Madonna might be impressed too.'

You can still pledge and receive some of the supporters benefits when the book is published at

All Madonna fans need to hear is that publishers think Madonna is too old and the story is too gay and we love to support the project! London's Evening Standard newspaper even got behind the project.


The Madonna of Bolton

Matt Cain, editor-in-chief at Attitude and Winq magazines, and winner of Journalist of the Year at Diversity in Media Awards is looking towards the Madonna community to help crowdfund his new book after being told by publishers that Madonna 'is over' and not worth investing in.

Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life… until Auntie Jan - who everyone says looks like the blonde one out of Bananarama – gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called 'Lucky Star'.

On his ninth birthday, Charlie discovers Madonna, and falls in love. And this obsession sees him through some tough times in life: being persecuted at school; fitting in at a posh university; a glamorous career in London; finding boyfriends; getting rid of boyfriends; growing up; and family heartbreak. Madonna’s music and videos inspire Charlie, and her fierce determination to succeed gives him the confidence to do the same. Ultimately, though, he must let go of his reliance on his idol and learn to find his own voice.

When Matt first started talking to publishers about this book, he was told that it was too working class, too Eighties, too immersed in pop culture, and too gay. But Charlie’s is a story that anyone can empathise with. It’s Billy Elliot meets Beautiful Thing with added pointy breast plates – a story for anyone who ever sang their heart out, looked for love, dreamed of more, or wanted a Soda Stream more than anything else in the world.

The Madonna of Bolton will make you laugh, cry and Get Into the Groove. It’s a book to Cherish and a Ray of Light, and it even has a little Hanky Panky.

Pledge now for your subscriber’s edition, and together we’ll be Causing a Commotion.


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Madonna is indisputably the Queen of reinvention. She's a true chameleon that pops up always where she's least expected and never as we could imagine. She's a never-ending inspiration to all of her fans, and many of them express their art (re)working on their idol's image.

Piccadilly Edition is giving you the opportunity to discover a selection of works by Sébastien from that depict the one and only Queen of Pop in a totally revisited, sublime, oneiric, and sometimes crazy, way.



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Book: Richard Corman's 'Madonna 66'

When you think of Madonna, it’s probably hard to remember a time when she wasn’t the icon we’ve all grown to know. But, back in the early 1980s, she was simply a twentysomething getting by in New York, having moved from her hometown of Detroit, trying to find her place in the music industry and get her foot in the door.

Boasting 66 unpublished polaroid images of Madonna, all shot on Friday 17th June 1983, a new limited edition book aptly titled Madonna 66 is out now and shows a new side of Madonna, basically before she was ‘Madonna’.

That year, a 24-year-old Madonna was cast to star in a modern day movie of Cinderella by Cis Corman, a well-known and established casting director and producer, who happened to have a photographer son.

Upon meeting Madonna, Cis immediately got in touch with her son, Richard, to tell him he had to drop everything and photograph this unknown actress/singer who was about to take the lead in the New York City fable, Cinde Rella, that she was casting. Cis instantly saw something in Madonna that told her this woman was going to be a superstar.

And, although the satirical Cinde Rella never actually came to be, Richard spent the day photographing Madonna in five different set ups inside her brother’s house in Manhattan as test shots for the film. It’s no surprise that Madonna insisted on doing her own styling, complete with vintage bohemian clothes, and make-up and it was her charisma, as well as her beauty, that told the industry pair that this woman was indeed something special. The pictures were shot in her brother Christopher's apartment.

Limited Edition 500 copies of Madonna 66 by Richard Corman are available for £100 at




On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the release of 'Confessions on a Dance Floor', Piccadilly Editions is publishing 'MADONNA CONFESSIONS 10'.

'MADONNA CONFESSIONS 10' is a luxurious coffee-table book inserted in a deluxe boxset. It contains over 100 photos illustrating the whole 'Confessions' era: Album photoshoot / Promo tour (TV interviews, club performances, Coachella Festival....) / The videos / The Confessions Tour / Information and anecdotes....

The large size of the book makes it a unique and must have collector item for any fan of the Queen of Pop! LIMITED EDITION TO 1.000 COPIES

Technical specifications:

Large size: 60 x 30 cm (open) / Inserted in a box set / Individually wrapped / Hardback covers with metalized printing and glossy effects / Satin paper / Finishing: sewn and hard heat-sealed binding / Weight: +2 kilos

SPECIAL GIFT : a 'HAVE YOU CONFESSED?' tote bag for any order placed before September 30th!

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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



Books: Like A Prayer 25th Anniversary

Sunset Publishing are releasing another of their photobooks, this time a book to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Madonna's Like A Prayer album release.

The photographs selected for this book illustrate the story behind the album, singles as well as the legendary videos that marked music history forever!

The limited-edition and numbered 68 page book (measuring 24x34cm, double cardboard cover, sewn and hard heat-sealed finishing).

The photobook is released on Thursady 15 May and is available to pre-order now at

Books: Madonna Like A Prayer 25th Anniversary

Sunset Publishing are releasing another of their photobooks, this time a book to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Madonna's Like A Prayer album release.

The photographs selected for this book illustrate the story behind the album, singles as well as the legendary videos that marked music history forever!

The limited-edition and numbered 68 page book (measuring 24x34cm, double cardboard cover, sewn and hard heat-sealed finishing).

The photobook is released on Tuesday 15 April and is available to pre-order now at

Madonna NYC83 Photo Book By Richard Corman have just published this news about Richard Corman's book and an exhibition taking place in New York City celebrating Madonna NYC1983.
Richard Corman himself posted on twitter today: 'Thanks @Madonna! Photographing you in 1983 was so memorable - your spirit, originality and beauty was and continues to be an inspiration!'

Photographer Richard Corman has just announced the release of an exclusive photographic book devoted to the photoshoot he created with Madonna back in 1983, a few months before the release of her first studio album.

'As a young photographer in 1983, I had the opportunity to capture a series of images with Madonna as she was on the verge of releasing her debut album,' said Richard Corman. 'he rebellious energy of the East Village was the backdrop to showcase Madonna's style, spontaneity and pioneering attitude. She consistently conveyed an attitude of fearlessness and fierce determination.'

If you are in the U.S, you can pre-order the book from or straight from the publisher's website:

In conjunction with the U.S. book launch, Milk Gallery in New York City is hosting a special exhibition featuring images from Madonna NYC83. The exhibition is free and open to the public from November 15 - December 15. For information, visit

madonnalicious published a sneak peek at the book earlier this month at

Books: Madonna NYC83 by Richard Corman

A new book has just been published featuring the photographs of Richard Corman. He took many images of Madonna during the early eighties and the book features some rarely seen images of an early Madonna. Below are the front and back covers of the book.

Richard Corman met Madonna by chance in 1983 and created a bountiful collection of images that constitute a multifaceted portrait of the young Madonna and a New York City that remains timelessly inspiring and significant. Madonna NYC 83 is not only an homage to Madonna and the early 80s, but also a collage of exuberance humour, fashion, sexiness and performance. The book is designed by Yolanda Cuomo Design in New York. As a portrait photographer, Richard Corman has worked with subjects ranging from Nobel Peace Prize recipients (Nelson Mandela, James Dewey Watson) to actors (Robert De Niro, Paul Newman, Al Pacino), athletes (Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali) and musicians (Sting, Wynton Marsalis). A native New Yorker, Corman studied at Hunter College, later spending two years apprenticing with Richard Avedon in the early 1980s.

By Richard Corman
Published in the UK by Damiani October 2013
ISBN: 9788862082884 * £34.00
Silkbound * 24 x 31.5cm * 96pp

Available in UK bookstores and from

'Not About Madonna' author reading in New York

Whit Hill - who was best friends and roommates with Madonna during the superstar's one year at the University of Michigan - will return to her native New York this weekend, to read from her new memoir, 'Not About Madonna: My Little Pre-Icon Roommate and Other Memoirs.'

The event will take place Sunday 18 March at 2:00pm at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street.


Madonna’s jackie whoa

She was almost the First Lady Madonna.
John F. Kennedy Jr. asked the Material Girl to dress up as his mother for the cover of his magazine, George, but Madonna declined, insisting she would 'never do [Jackie O] justice,' according to a new book.
'We’ll have her in a pillbox hat, sitting on a stack of books,' JFK Jr. told his assistant, RoseMarie Terenzio, author of the memoir, 'Fairy Tale Interrupted,' which chronicles her five years as John John’s confidante and publicist until his untimely death in 1999 at the age of 38.
In the summer of 1996, JFK Jr. asked Terenzio who should grace the cover of his September 'Women in Politics' issue.
Terenzio suggested then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, but JFK Jr., who co-founded the magazine in 1995, had a different idea.
'I think we should dress Madonna up as my mother,' he said. 'Wouldn’t that be a riot?'
Terenzio thought he was joking; Madonna was then at the height of her bad-girl image.
She warned him it would create a media 's--tstorm.'
And although Terenzio insists it wasn’t among her concerns, the cover would have undoubtedly raised eyebrows given JFK Jr.’s once-rumored romance with Madge, who was often compared to his father’s reputed paramour, Marilyn Monroe.
'If it doesn’t bother me, why should it bother anyone else?' Kennedy said.
So they drafted a letter to the 'Like a Virgin' singer, asking her to pose as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
The next day, Madonna faxed her handwritten response, flirtatiously addressed to 'Johnny Boy.'
'My eyebrows aren’t thick enough, for one,' she offered.
'When you want me to portray Eva Braun or Pamela Harriman, I might say yes!' she wrote, referring, bizarrely, to Hitler’s mistress and the British socialite who married New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman and Winston Churchill’s son Randolph.
JFK Jr. eventually tapped actress Drew Barrymore for the cover, portraying, ironically, Monroe in her legendary white halter dress singing 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President.'
Terenzio, whose book is due out on Jan. 24, says there was nothing untoward at the time of the fax between the Material Girl and the heir to Camelot.
In fact, later that month, JFK Jr. married his longtime girlfriend, Carolyn Bessette.


Nile Rodgers' Memoir Features Madonna's Early Diva Days

'Le Freak,' out this week, chronicles the Chic singer and mega-producer's rags-to-riches rise with colorful anecdotes about David Bowie, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and other stars of the time.
With his band Chic and later on his own, Nile Rodgers helped define the sound of the late 1970s and early 1980s. From songs like 'Le Freak' and 'Good Times,' which he co-wrote with longtime musical partner Bernard Edwards, to seminal albums by David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin) and Diana Ross (Diana), all multi-platinum smashes he produced, few modern-day musicians can claim a professional past so storied, much of it experienced under the ever-present haze of drugs and alcohol.
Among the many recording studio anecdotes was one detailed recounting of Rodgers' time working with Madonna on her 1984 breakout album, Like A Virgin. 'Madonna's superintense let's-get-down-to-business attitude sometimes rubbed people the wrong way,' he writes. 'One day, Madonna's insult slinging went too far. Our assistant had the temerity to go to the bathroom, and she freaked out on him.... 'Where the fuck is he going?' she said loudly enough that he could clearly hear.
Unsatisfied, that she's made her point, she then let off a fusillade from her usual arsenal of one-liners: 'Time is money, and the money is mine.'' Rodgers confronted the would-be pop star and the argument turned so heated, he quit the record for what would turn out to be 'the shortest producer strike in history.'

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Madonna's Sex most sought after out-of-print book

Madonna's explicit book Sex is once again America's most sought after out-of-print title of the year, according to BookFinder's annual report.
The graphic coffee-table book, featuring - in the words of BookFinder, 'photos of the Material Girl, without the material' - has been one of the most popular out-of-print titles in the US for years and a collector's item since it was first published in 1992. 'Since Madonna is never one to do something twice, and the fact that the once highly controversial book is less edgy than it once was leads us to guess that Sex will remain out of print,' predicted the book search engine, a subsidiary of AbeBooks, last year.
BookFinder has tracked the most searched for out-of-print titles in America over the last 12 months for its annual report, which sees romantic suspense author Nora Roberts's novel Promise Me Tomorrow come in second. The prolific author has 'actively persuaded her loyal fanbase to avoid this early novel for years', said BookFinder, with a used bookshop likely to be 'the only place you will find this title' these days.
Out-of-print titles by Stephen King, Johnny Cash, Ray Bradbury, Carl Sagan, CS Lewis and Philip K Dick also appear on the list, with more esoteric offerings also flying high: knitting supremo Alice Starmore's Tudor Roses, featuring 'sweater designs inspired by the Tudor royals', was also much in demand, while Sarah Bradford's 1989 biography of George VI, The Reluctant King, 'shot into steady demand' following the success of the Colin Firth film The King's Speech, said BookFinder.


Books: Put the Needle on the Record

madonnalicious reader Matthew Chojnacki contacted us to let fans know about his new book:

I recently wrote an '80s cover art book called Put the Needle on the Record, with a foreword by Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) and an afterword by Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran). It will be released on Sunday 28 August.

It chronicles 7" and 12" single cover artwork from the 1980s (and Madonna is the most featured of any artist), and I interviewed over 125 musicians and cover artists to get the stories behind the images....everyone from Annie Lennox to Gary Numan.

The book is available for pre-order at Amazon - UK or Amazon - US

Here is a look at the cover and an exclusive sneak-peek at the Like A Prayer page:

Madonna's macrobiotic cook home in Japan

After working for seven years as Madonna's macrobiotic cook, Mayumi Nishimura feels she's back in Japan to help change the way her native country eats.
Although Japan's traditional diet is extremely healthy, an increasingly Westernized diet and the incursion of overseas fast food chains have made weight issues, and diseases such as diabetes, much more common than before.
Nishimura, who spent about 25 years in the United States aside from her time - mainly in London - with Madonna, has written a book, -Mayumi's Kitchen,- with menus that blend her Japanese background, her macrobiotic training in the United States, and her experience working for Madonna.
When Madonna's current cook goes on vacation, Nishimura goes back to work for the pop star, who wrote an introduction to Nishimura's book.

To read the full interview visit

From Yahoo! News

Books: Madonna - L'itinéraire d'une Légende

Here is a sneak-peek at the publishing proofs for the front and back cover of a new Madonna book that will be published on Saturday 11 December - the 288 page book takes a look through images at Madonna as a singer, actress, fashion icon and humanist.

The profits from this book will go towards the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls project - for more information and to pre-order the book visit

US Publications: MFD

Madonna will be the cover star of MFD (Manhattan Fashion Directory) which will be released during New York Fashion Week starting Saturday 09 September.

MFD is designed to be a resource book for all those involved in the fashion industry. The directory will be available at select boutiques and hotels throughout the USA and Australia and online at

Books: Madonna and Demi offer dating tips

Stars including Madonna, Demi Moore and Cameron Diaz have offered up their best dating advice for a new book designed to help men find girlfriends and keep them happy.
The relationship manual, titled That's What SHE Said: Women Reveal What Men Really Need to Know, has been compiled by Punk'd producer T.J. Jefferson and features a foreword from the prank TV show's star Ashton Kutcher.
Kutcher's wife, Demi Moore, has contributed and doles out her own tips, urging men not to be selfish in bed or in matters of love.
Moore writes, 'If you want to get our clothes off focus on what you're giving, not on what you can get! You may be able to score once - but we can smell the stink of selfish desires a mile away and are not interested. Women are caretakers by nature, don't take it for granted. The romance we are looking for comes from being appreciated.'
Madonna wants men to let their woman take charge - and advises them to dole out plenty of compliments.
She explains, 'Women are here to smash man's ego, plain and simple. Accept this and life will be better. Also women like it when men tell them they look nice. If you want more than that you will have to pay for it.'

The book's author Jefferson tells Fox News, 'It's a fun read, but you can find something in there that can really help your relationship and stop you from sleeping on the couch that night. You've got people like Madonna giving advice in the book, but then you've got housewives in the Midwest and teachers and nurses. It might be hard for someone to relate to what Madonna is saying, but most of us can relate to everyday people, people that aren't famous and aren't in the spotlight - they need to be heard as well.'

From Jam! Showbiz

Books: Tom Munro have interviewed photographer Tom Munro to advertise his new celebrity portrait photography book that is released this month - the book is available to buy online at

Tom Munro’s new book is chock-full of celebrity portraits: Jennifer Lopez, Dustin Hoffman, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Johnny Depp, Ashton Kutcher. But it’s Madonna that he seems most smitten with: Madge is on the cover, scattered throughout the book, and even wrote the foreword. Her poetic summation of the photographer’s art? 'To have your picture taken by Tom Munro / Is kind of like smoking a bubblegum cigarette. / You can strike a pose, look cool / Get all of the sweetness, / And not suffer any side effects.'

Getting Madonna to write your introduction is pretty major. What is it like to work with her? When did you meet, and how did you become such close collaborators?
I first met Madonna on an editorial shoot for Elle. I think Madonna was keen to work with me as I had worked with her stylist Arianne Phillips before, and my ex-boss Steven Meisel put in a good word for me. Working with Madonna is really inspiring and a privilege. It’s rare to work with someone who is so driven, who brings so much to the creative process.
After the shoot, Madonna asked if I would be interested in collaborating on her music video 'Give It to Me.' This was my first introduction to film and I jumped at the opportunity. We did another video, 'Die Another Day,' and I shot the tour book for Sticky and Sweet.
Also I had been involved with a Charity in Kenya called MEAK (Medical and Education Aid for Kenya) and knew of Madonna’s charity work in Malawi, so I asked Madonna if I could tag along on one of her visits to Africa. What she is doing there is quite extensive. It was a wonderful and moving experience to go with her, so I asked Madonna if I could list her charity as one of the beneficiaries of the book, along with MEAK.

Sticky & Sweet Photographic Book

Fans in the US have started to receive their numbered copies of Guy Oseary's Sticky & Sweet photographic book.
Unfortunately there is a delay for fans in the UK who ordered via - we have to wait a little while longer while the publisher sends out more copies.
madonnalicious reader Rob got his copy this week - number 0474 - and sent in these cameraphone shots from the book.

Update on Sticky & Sweet Book: Collectors Edition

madonnalicious has had a few emails asking for some clarification on where the limited edition collectors editions of Guy Oseary's Sticky & Sweet book would be stocked. We have now received this update from powerHouse books:

PowerHouse have confirmed that they are only doing a limited print run of 7500. All these will be individually numbered collectors editions.
Retailers and other vendors like Amazon will get copies from this print run so wherever you purchase the book from it will be an individually numbered collectors edition.

Sticky & Sweet Book: Collectors Edition

Madonna's legendary 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour, the most successful tour by a solo artist in history, has been chronicled by her longtime manager Guy Oseary and the resulting book, 'Madonna: Sticky & Sweet" is being published by powerHouse Books (Feb. 2010) The glossy retrospective includes 500 extraordinary photographs taken on and off stage during the course of the 58 show tour which circled the globe in 2008 and was seen by over 2 1/2 million fans.

PowerHouse books are offering a collectible version of the book strictly limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies at $45 at

Please note that shipping this book outside the US from powerHouse Books can cost up to $125. madonnalicious spoke to powerHouse Books and they stated that the numbered collector versions of the book are also available for pre-order via Amazon.

PowerHouse Books do not normally ship internationally - hence the very large overseas shipping costs. If fans from outside the US are wanting a copy of the book they are advised to purchase via Amazon to save on shipping costs.

Fans can also view a video of a flick-through the book at


Fabien Baron talks about Madonna picture retrospective

Jacob Bernstein interviewed Sex book art director Fabien Baron for The Daily Beast and managed to make Fabien say more than he probably should:

Fabien Baron has redesigned some of the most famous publications in the world, including Harper’s Bazaar and French Vogue. He talks to Jacob Bernstein about reinventing Andy Warhol’s Interview and doing a new book with Madonna.
Fabien Baron’s office on New York's Hudson Street is the cleanest thing you’ve ever seen. There’s a flat-screen TV on the wall in the waiting room and a couple of loveseats to sit on, but everything is white. The walls are white. The seats are white. The coffee table is white. It’s almost like a doctor’s office, except that the man who works here with his staff of 35 doesn’t diagnose illnesses: He cures design problems.
Baron’s said to be working on another coffee table book with the singer now - a massive retrospective of the queen of reinvention as photographed over the years by everyone from Herb Ritts to Steven Klein. 'I’m not sure I’m supposed to talk about it yet,' he says, with characteristic self-restraint.

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Books: Queen Celebration

Following the release of Madonna’s highly anticipated 'Celebration' greatest hits album, Sunset Media presents 'Queen Celebration'.

'Queen Celebration' is a book showing the glorious musical career of the Queen of Pop. This book allows you to discover (or re discover) pictures that made Madonna the most celebrated female singer around the world.
You’ll see rare pictures and previously never seen before pictures all taken by the most talented and famous photographers.

Printed on glossy paper, its format (24 x 34cm) makes this book a truly unique and a must have collector item for any fan of the Queen of Pop.
Limited collector edition: 1000 copies only!

Part of the benefits of 'Queen Celebration' will be donated to the Sidaction foundation.

'Queen Celebration' is avaliable for pre-order now at: and will be available only at Lucky Records in Paris (on Saturday 28 November 2009).

SPECIAL OFFER: One 'Celebration' DVD (Zone 2) will be given away every 50 orders! (offer ends on Tuesday 10 November).

Book: Welcome To My Candy Shop

madonnalicious reader Akos has this news about his new photographic book:

I'm happy to inform you and your readers that my new book 'Welcome To My Candy Shop' is now available.
This new photographic book comes as a 100 full colour page volume with four cover pages, it is filled with 313 excellent pictures from the European leg of the 'Sticky & Sweet Tour'.
Many of the portraits are close ups - some presented as full pages and some edited as multiple images montages.
The book is printed in pro high quality - the paper is the same quality as the tour programme and 21x28cm in size.
It can be ordered by email at [email protected]

My other two previous photographic books are still available to buy - 'My Confessions' ('Confessions Tour') and 'The Whore Of Babylon' ('Re-Invention Tour').

I Am Because We Are to be released as a book

powerHouse Books is pleased to announce the January 2009 release of I Am Because We Are. Photographs by Kristen Ashburn. Foreword by Madonna.
I Am Because We Are is the companion volume to the acclaimed forthcoming documentary film directed by Nathan Rissman and written and produced by Madonna. This book of images by award-winning photojournalist Kristen Ashburn - culled from her own work in Malawi and Africa over the past seven years as well as from her specially commissioned photographs for the film - provides an intimate look at the lives of eight Malawian children featured in the film and reveals the harsh reality of the AIDS pandemic throughout southern Africa.
The title is derived from the concept of 'Ubuntu,' an idea in African spirituality that states that all of humanity is connected, that we cannot be ourselves without community, that an individual's well-being is dependent upon the well-being of others.
These heart-wrenching stories are a call to action. In Malawi, a country of 13 million people, over one million are orphans. Looking into the hearts and minds of children who have suffered more than one can imagine, the book provides an unflinching view of life at the center of the global AIDS crisis. This is not just a story about orphans in Malawi, but about global responsibility and human interconnectedness.
I Am Because We Are includes a foreword by Madonna, an afterword by Ashburn, excerpts from interviews with Malawian children, their biographies, and extended captions. Author proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the charitable organization Raising Malawi for their extensive work with orphans throughout Malawi.

Kristen Ashburn's photographs and stories from the Middle East, Europe, and Africa have appeared in many publications worldwide. Her accolades include a 2007 Emmy Award nomination, two World Press Photo prizes, a Getty Foundation grant in 2006, Canon's Female Photojournalist Award in 2004, and other honors. She began photographing the impact of AIDS in southern Africa in 2001, and since then has also produced stories on the war in Iraq, Jewish settlers and suicide bombers in Israel's occupied territories, and the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
In addition to her humanitarian photography, Ashburn is one of the directors of Through the Eyes of Children: The Rwanda Project, a charity that teaches photography to Rwandan orphans of the 1994 genocide and supports them through the sale of their images.

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Memoir coming from Madonna's brother

The mystery is solved: Madonna's brother, Christopher Ciccone, is writing a memoir about his sister, to be released in mid-July by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment, had been promoting a celebrity memoir for July, without identifying the author or contents. 'Life With My Sister Madonna' will have a first printing of 350,000. Financial details were not disclosed.
'Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister — the most famous woman in the world,' the publisher said Wednesday in a statement.
Persuading stores to make 'blind' orders has been tried before. In 2006, William Morrow offered a mysterious tell-all that turned out to be by Princess Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, who had already written about her. Retailers were angered and the book sold poorly.
Ciccone will work with Wendy Leigh, who has written biographies of Liza Minnelli and Grace Kelly and a highly critical book about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Ciccone, 47, has worked often with his older sister, designing and directing her 'Girlie Show' tour in 1993 and serving as artistic director of her 1991 documentary, 'Madonna: Truth or Dare.' But according to Madonna's spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, they are no longer close.
Madonna, who turns 50 this summer, is among the most popular recording artists in history, with such hits as 'Like a Virgin,' 'Material Girl' and 'Vogue.'
Rosenberg had no initial comment on the book, but told the AP that 'Madonna has not cooperated with any biography about herself.'

From AP Via Yahoo! News