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  • Published: 27 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781446437384
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592

Madonna

Like an Icon




The definitive biography of one of the world’s most famous women.

The definitive biography of one of the world’s most famous women.
Madonna is the biggest-selling female recording artist in the world and one of our greatest living pop stars. With each pioneering album she has consistently reinvented her music and her image, transcending the world of pop to become a global cultural icon. In 2018, unbelievably, she is hitting her 60th birthday – yet she still remains as relevant as ever.

Lucy O’Brien’s extensive and well-researched biography looks at Madonna the artist, offering a detailed analysis of her music with input from acclaimed musicians and producers, as well revealing interviews from her intimate inner circle. She follows Madonna from her difficult childhood and those frenetic early years in New York, through the shocks and scandals of the 1990s Sex era to her twenty-first-century incarnation as an outspoken activist.

Providing a fascinating insight into her life, relationships and what motivates her as a woman and an artist, Madonna: Like an Icon is the definitive biography of one of the biggest stars in the world.

  • Pub date: 27 July 2018
  • ISBN: 9781446437384
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 592

About the Author

Lucy O'Brien

Writer and broadcaster Lucy O'Brien is the author of the award-winning She Bop, a definitive history of women in popular music. She has also published bestselling biographies of Dusty Springfield and Annie Lennox. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Voicing Girlhoodd in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity and Punk Rock, So What? Currently she is Course Leader for Music Journalism and Marketing at the University for the Creative Arts.


Praise for Madonna

“Enduring superstar gets the biography she deserves”

Mojo

“A mighty volume”

Mail on Sunday

“Madonna remains one of the most fascinating women of our time”

Telegraph

“O'Brien is a capable and intelligent writer...a refreshing biography of the iconic popstress”

Guardian

“If Madonna is your Elvis you will devour Lucy O’Brien’s definitive biography; not only can she write properly, but her book is objective, immaculately researched and illuminating.”

Irish Examiner

“Lucy O’Brien’s measured and comprehensive profile takes a look at [Madonna's] extraordinary life to date, focusing on the cultural impact she’s made.”

The Good Book Guide

“British rock journalist Lucy O’Brien seeks to go beyond the fastidiously cultivated image and get a glimpse of the woman behind the veil. She uncovers some fascinating, often shocking, nuggets.”

Irish Independent

“An illuminating study of a complex, iconic woman, covering her life, her relationships and what motivates her as a woman and an artist.”

Sainsbury's magazine

“With detailed, surgical precision O'Brien bores to the heart of her subject, a heart that is, by turns, cold, impenetrable but forever beating.”

Paul Tierney, arts journalist

“O'Brien is a capable and intelligent writer...a refreshing biography of the iconic popstress”

Guardian

“A mighty volume”

Mail on Sunday

“Enduring superstar gets the biography she deserves”

Mojo

“Madonna remains one of the most fascinating women of our time”

Telegraph

“If Madonna is your Elvis you will devour Lucy O’Brien’s definitive biography; not only can she write properly, but her book is objective, immaculately researched and illuminating.”

Irish Examiner

“Lucy O’Brien’s measured and comprehensive profile takes a look at [Madonna's] extraordinary life to date, focusing on the cultural impact she’s made.”

The Good Book Guide

“British rock journalist Lucy O’Brien seeks to go beyond the fastidiously cultivated image and get a glimpse of the woman behind the veil. She uncovers some fascinating, often shocking, nuggets.”

Irish Independent

“An illuminating study of a complex, iconic woman, covering her life, her relationships and what motivates her as a woman and an artist.”

Sainsbury's magazine


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