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Madonna Mass Market Paperback – May 2002

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312983107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312983109
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 10.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,208,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Morton is the best-selling author of Diana: Her True Story, Monica's Story and Posh & Becks. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gemini Dragonfly on 25 Nov 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a big Madonna fan, I was eagerly awaiting this book by Andrew Morton. Knowing of previous work, I thought it would be indepth and incisive. However, I found that it continually wandered off the subject, ie: Madonna and talked about historical events and other nonsense going on in the world. Who cares? I wanted to read about Madonna not world trivia. The best thing about the book was the photographs, many of which not seen before and brilliant to finally see in print! Good only for the photographs, which is a shame really.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2005
Format: Paperback
Andrew Morton will always be known as the guy who wrote a groundbreaking biography of Princess Di. And he will be known for nothing else, apparently. At least, he won't be remembered for "Madonna," a quickie biography that covers no new ground and -- horrors! -- makes a once-controversial pop icon... boring.

Madonna Louisa Ciccone started off as a motherless child, whose mom (also called Madonna) died of breast cancer. But she rapidly turned from pitiful to outrageous, travelling to NYC to become a dancer. Instead, she became a blossoming singer, an aspiring actress, and one of the first big stars to grace MTV.

But more than her music was the controversy that surrounded her: Madonna dated men such as Michael Jackson, JFK Jr., Prince, and then-hot rapper Vanilla Ice, and married actor Sean Penn, while still pursuing relationships with other men and women. After their tumultuous union fell apart, she created the then-shocking book "Sex," the peak of her sexually-charged career. But then her life took a more domestic turn, with children, marriage and religion (in about that order).

It's not hard to have an opinion on Madonna -- either you love her or hate her. But if the only exposure to Madonna was through this book, it would be difficult to decide which. Morton paints Madonna in bland hues, describing her exploits, affairs and then-shocking concerts in the most uninspired prose imaginable. However, not once does he reveal anything new -- despite input from lovers and friends, Morton can only add detail to what people already knew.

There are some interesting facets of her rise to stardom, particularly how she and her pals changed the NYC club life, and the odd details of her first recordings.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Please!!!!! 6 Nov 2001
By "madonnaf3" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have a simple question: Could this author not uncover ANYTHING new about Madonna? Not a thing? This is really a rip off. There is not one thing in this book people who are even remotely familiar with Madonna will not already know. At least when I read the last Madonna book (J. R. Taraborrelli's), I thought he uncovered a lot of new ground. But this guy, Morton, just ripped off the other guy's book (Taraborelli's), and didn't even try to act like he didn't. Whole passages! Come on! Enough, already. No more Madonna books, please. Wait for the paperback of Taraborelli's if you simply must buy a Madonna book -- but save your money and forget about this one. Even poor Princess Diana -- who Andrew Morton also wrote about -- would be bored to tears by this one. I can't believe this even came out!!!! I want my money back.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Interesting approach; average execution 25 Feb 2003
By Anton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Morton's approach to describing the Madonna phenomenon is interesting in that he attempts to uncover what are the motivations that drive Madonna. I think he succeeds in that -- talking about her drive and insecurity. The book is an interesting read, however it falls short of puting Madonna in a broader perspective -- as a fascinating creation of American culture, as an entrepreneur and one of the notable pop music stars of the late 20th century. Other than her earnings and desire for control, Morton spends little time on the business aspects of Madona's success, which is no less fascinating than her musical accomplishments.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
His research was mainly copying previous bios!! 2 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This book is apalling.
I class myself as a fan of her music who knows a little about her life story, but i was amazed even i could find SO many inaccuracies in this book that i found it frightening.
For example
a. Morton states at one point that Hollywood execs were nervous about letting James Foley direct Who's That Girl as his previous experience was only directing 'Papa don't preach', 'Live to tell' and 'Open your heart' ( p143 )
FACT- James Foley directed Sean Penn in 'At Close Range' prior to any of those vids.

Whats even more amazing is that in the Videography section in the rear the correct video directors are named ( J.B Mondino for 'Open').
b. Morton states that it was 18 months between Guy Ritchie and Madonna first meeting and their wedding ( p226).
Hello--so there are 18 months between summer 1998 and Dec 2000?
There are so many inaccuracies like this that are even beyond what a decent proofreader should pick up.
Also there are literally lines lifted from other bios that are not even acknowledged.
And as for his analysis of Madonna, well Mr Morton, don't give up the day job.
On second thought , please do.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Not for Madonna fans! 6 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Avoid this book at all costs! As an avid Madonna fan, I can tell you that there is absolutely nothing new that one hundred authors haven't written about her!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ehh. 19 Jan 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had read Andrew Morton's bio of Monica Lewinsky and found it quite interesting. I had also heard what a good job he had done on Diana's book. So when I saw this in the library I figured--what the hell. I have been a fan of Madonna from Day 1 and have read all the major bios on her. The approach Morton takes here is different than most authors of Madonna--he attempts to analyze her character--in other words, what makes Madonna tick. That would be interesting for an essay or article, but there's not enough of it for a 200-plus page bio. Every 20 pages or so, he throws in a fact that explains what makes her tick. But this kind of analyzing feels tacked on--like the editor said,"Almost everything you have in here has been written in every other bio on her, make it different SOMEHOW." The pictures are the best part as some have never been seen before. And he debunks some of the myths of the Madonna legend. (She had more tham $35 in her pocket the first time she came to NY. She's actually quite vulnerable.) But there are loads of errors, both typographical and factual, which you would not expect from someone of Morton's reputation. He repeats facts more than once and glosses over facts in an attempt to cram everything in. (Only 1 page about her affair w/JFK Jr!!! Come on!) A better approach would have been to write more about what we DONT know. If you've read a previous Madonna bio (I reccommend Chris Andersen's) don't bother with this. Just gloss thru the pics.
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