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Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop Paperback – March 6, 2012
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"These memoirs reveal that Madonna’s mix of spirituality and raw sensuality had a considerable impact in shaping attitudes." Publishers Weekly
"For someone who has spent the past 30 years defending Madonna to whoever would listen, Madonna & Me is like a homecoming. Reading these smart, funny, and moving essays by women who were influenced by the material girl brought me right back to my school years, when I was touched by Madonna for the very first time." Debbie Stoller, editor-in-chief of BUST magazine and bestselling author of Stich 'n Bitch
"The writers in Madonna & Me explore all that Madonna has meant to more than one generation of feisty, feminist, powerful women. They dive right into her music, persona, and legacy, expressing themselves in ways that would surely give even Her Madgesty food for thought." Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Women in Lust and the Best Sex Writing series
"In Madonna & Me, editor Laura Barcella shows how Madonna has become a cultural benchmark for women of varying backgrounds. Reaching far beyond pop-culture critique, the essays in this book examine Madonnaboth the woman and the legendas an allegory of the modern female experience." Steve Lowenthal, music writer for SPIN and Village Voice, and founder of Swingset magazine
"Finally, an anthology that speaks to the blisteringly potent influence Madonna has had on women of our generation."Julie Klausner, author of I Don't Care About Your Band
"When I first heard the song Everybody’ in 1982, I ran right out and bought the cas-single.’ Now, thirty years later, I greedily read everything about Madonna I can get my hands on. Madonna is one of those rare public figures who elicit a lifelong, intensely personal fixation, making this collection of essays a giddy pleasure. By turns hilarious, thought-provoking, and touching, Madonna & Me is a fitting salute to the smart, brash, occasionally infuriating provocateur, who is always offering us something new." Jancee Dunn, music journalist for Rolling Stone, Vogue, The New York Times, and GQ, and author of Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask
"Madonna & Me is a collection as saucy and savvy as Madonna herself. In heartfelt and incisive ways, the contributors engage with an icon who deeply impacted the identities, sexual and otherwise, of an entire generation of girls.” Jillian Lauren, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem
"Sure, one Madonna gave birth to Jesus . . . but our Madonna gave birth to femme-inism. If you've forgotten why you should worship Madge, this hilarious, provocative collection is like a prayer to the patron saint of girl power."
Jennifer Baumgardner, bestselling author of Manifesta, Look Both Ways, and F 'em!
Madonna & Me can easily hold the interest of non-Madonna-fans and even male readers, which is (sadly) no small feat. Highly recommended for anyone interested in music, pop culture, women's lives, and smart personal essays with heart.” Scott Lapatine, founder of Stereogum.com
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Top Customer Reviews
While perfectly appropriate to read casually, there's also much for the serious student of pop culture here. Writers reflect on Madonna's appropriations of blackness, Latinity, and Jewishness; critique her use of sexual and religious imagery; question her choices in plastic surgery; and fret a bit about her legacy. But nearly all of the essays begin with some variation on "I first heard Madonna when...." and that personal connection is what makes this collection so compelling.
Madonna's creeping up on 60 now and she's had nearly three decades on the charts. This collection is a testament to her enduring credibility as a cultural commodity - which is what she's always striven to be. Laura Barcella and her contributors have made an important contribution to both the commemoration and the critique of this pop icon.
You don't need to be a Madonna fan (or vehement detractor) to appreciate Madonna and Me. I'm neither, and I got a lot out of most of these essays. If you're at all interested in Madonna and her music, or issues surrounding women and power, art and the role of the artist, or cultural exchange and appropriation, you'll probably appreciate what you find here.
What I liked most about this book was that it caused me to examine my own views of someone who after three decades remains an important and impactful cultural force. I also appreciated that the book itself was very well put together - nicely designed and carefully edited.
As someone interested in feminism, music, and popular culture, I would recommend Madonna and Me very highly.
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I'm a huge Madonna fan...and always dig it when good writers take the time to write about the person I consider one of the ten most important rock/pop artists of all time. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Wordybirdy
You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wish you were a teenage girl in the early 80s. This book was originally intended for my girlfriend but quickly became my read on the train into... Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by sagar rami
The stories in this collection are personal, authentic, entertaining, and heart-warming. They capture a time when us girls were coming of age and finding our feminine power. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by Johanna
Many of the stories in Madonna and Me brought me back to my childhood when I would lip sync Madonna songs with my best friend. Read morePublished on April 6, 2012 by Jill kathleen
While I enjoyed some of the essays I was disappointed. It's fine to examine how a famous woman has influenced other women, but I wish the influences on Madonna herself had been... Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by HMCrabtree