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MADONNA UNAUTHORISED, BOOK REVIEW AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW (1992): Personality as art

MADONNA UNAUTHORISED, BOOK REVIEW AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW (1992): Personality as art

Two years before she had a hit record, Madonna told her friend Erica Bell: “I don’t just need attention. I need all the attention. I want everybody in the world to know who I am and to love me.” And the game plan for Madonna Ciccone – an all American cheerleader with an IQ of 140 – was to “travel through...

EMINEM IN 2004: Time for an encore?

EMINEM IN 2004: Time for an encore?

It's probably never been easy to be Eminem. But these might be particularly trying times for him. Which seems a strange thing to say given he's so successful. But that's the problem. When Eminem was the angry underdog you could believe his rage and enjoy the swipes he took at American presidents, Osama bin Laden, Christina Aguilera and...

Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues (Inertia)

Cyndi Lauper: Memphis Blues (Inertia)

Even those of us who would still mount the argument that Cyndi Lauper was -- and remains -- a far greater talent than her peer, Madonna, might approach this album with some trepidation: just as Dusty and Elvis went to Memphis to record some of their finest songs, so now has Cyndi -- but a rather different, more bluesy Memphis than that which...

LADY GAGA, ONE SEQUIN AT A TIME, a doco by SONIA ANDERSON

LADY GAGA, ONE SEQUIN AT A TIME, a doco by SONIA ANDERSON

The famous British DJ Jimmy Savile wore a suit made of bananas when he was hosting a television show. Copying Lady Gaga's notorious "meat dress"? Not at all. Savile -- now Sir Jimmy -- wore his eye-catching clobber on Top of the Pops back in the Seventies. Visually striking and an icon she may be, but you certainly couldn't...

KATE BUSH; A LIFE OF SURPRISES (Chrome Dreams DVD)

KATE BUSH; A LIFE OF SURPRISES (Chrome Dreams DVD)

When the frequently reclusive Kate Bush reappeared recently with her album Director's Cut -- on which she returned to 11 of her earlier songs to revise them -- there was the inevitable flurry of interest in her again. (Typically she did few interviews, possibly even only the one in Mojo.) However the album was underwhelming and received only...

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