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Madonna photographed by Richard Corman, 1983.


In Love In the 80s

– Couples In Vanity Fair

  1. Keith Richards and Patti Hansen by Annie Leibovitz for the April 1984 issue.
  2. Louis Malle and Candice Bergen by Annie Leibovitz for the May 1985 issue.
  3. Sylvester Stallone and Bridget Nielsen by Herb Ritts for the November 1985 issue.

  4. Madonna and Sean Penn by Herb Ritts for the March 1986 issue.

  5. Calvin and Kelly Klein by Herb Ritts for the May 1987 issue.
  6. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore by Annie Leibovitz for the May 1988 issue.
  7. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens by Annie Leibovitz for the November 1988 issue.
  8. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell by Herb Ritts for the September 1989 issue.


Madonna photographed by Gary Heery, 1983.


Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair, December 1986.


Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they were dating, 1983.

Photo by Maripol


Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Michel Basquiat tells her story

I am not sure if I met Jean-Michel in an art gallery or a night-club, but in those days you couldn’t tell the difference.

He had the presence of a movie star and I was crazy about him. He carried crumpled wads of money in the pockets of his paint-splattered Armani suits. Money he felt guilty about having. Money he always gave away to less fortunate friends.

I remember Jean-Michel’s tag – Samo- which was accompanied with a little crown and I remember thinking he was a genius. He was. But he wasn’t very comfortable with it.

I remember all the girls were in love with him and one night I looked out of his loft window and saw a girl whose heart he had broken, burning his paintings in a big bonfire. I wanted to stop her and rescue his paintings, but he didn’t seem to mind. He said it was their fate.

I remember him getting up at 3am and sleep-walking to an empty canvas. He stood inches away from it and proceeded to paint the most minuscule figures and what he did was so beautiful and intellectual and I stood watching him with dumbfounded amazement

He was one of the people I was truly envious of. But he didn’t know how good he was and was plagued with insecurities. He used to say he was jealous of me because music is more accessible and it reached more people. He loathed the idea that art was appreciated by an elite group.

When I broke up with him he demanded I give back the paintings he had given me. Not because he didn’t think I deserved them, but because he was obsessed with the idea that I would sell them.

He was so paranoid. Of course, I was heart-broken but complied. Now I couldn’t buy one of his paintings if I wanted to.

When I heard that Jean-Michel had died I was not surprised. He was too fragile for this world.

I remember one summer having dinner with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel at Mr Chow’s and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to have known him. To have known all of them. Now they’re all gone.

(Source: New Straits Times – 2 June 1996)

On this day in music history: December 3, 1990 – Madonna appears on the ABC News program “Nightline” and is interviewed by Forrest Sawyer. During the interview, ABC shows the controversial video for “Justify My Love” in its entirety. Though MTV has the banned clip from airplay, it does not stop the singles’ upward chart momentum. Instead, the video (directed by Jean Baptiste-Mondino) is issued as a single on VHS tape, selling over one million copies. “Justify My Love” hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on January 5, 1991, spending 2 weeks at the top.

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On this day in music history: November 17, 1987 – “You Can Dance” by Madonna is released. Produced by Madonna, Stephen Bray, Nile Rodgers, Reggie Lucas, Mark Kamins and John “Jellybean” Benitez, it is recorded from May 1982 – September 1987. The seven track compilation is the first remix album from Madonna, and features tracks from her first three albums remixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez, Shep Pettibone, Bruce Forest, Frank Heller, Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero. The set is filled out by the track “Spotlight” which is a previously unreleased outtake from the “True Blue” sessions. The album is sequenced so that the tracks are mixed together in a continuous sequence on both sides to emulate a DJ’s club set. A promotional version of the album is released to radio that features edited versions of the tracks with cue banding between the songs. Warner Bros also issues three promo 12" singles (“Where’s The Party” b/w “Spotlight”, “Into The Groove” b/w “Everybody” and “Holiday” b/w “Over And Over) to club DJ’s that become heavily sought after by collectors. The CD and cassette releases are expanded from the seven track vinyl LP. The other configurations featuring the extended dub versions of "Holiday”, “Into The Groove” and “Where’s The Party”, which are only available on vinyl on the promotional 12" singles. The album also features liner notes written by music journalist Brian Chin that are printed on the “belly band/OBI strip” wrapped around the album jacket on the original vinyl pressing. Out of print on vinyl since its original release in 1987, it is remastered and reissued as a limited edition on Record Store Day on April 21, 2018. LP release is pressed on red vinyl and faithfully replicates the original release packaging, including the OBI strip, and comes with an over sized poster of the cover artwork, issued with some foreign pressings. “You Can Dance” peaks at number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, spending one week at number one on the Club Play chart, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: November 12, 1984 – “Like A Virgin”, the second album by Madonna is released. Produced by Nile Rodgers, it is recorded at The Power Station in New York City from April – May 1984. By early 1984, with her self titled debut finally gaining significant sales and chart momentum, Madonna is anxious to begin work on her sophomore release. She wants to produce the project herself, after being left in the lurch by producer Reggie Lucas when he quits before sessions for the first album are complete. Madonna’s record label Warner Bros isn’t willing to grant her full creative control, and insists that a seasoned professional be in charge of the sessions. Being a huge fan of the band Chic, she asks guitarist Nile Rodgers to produce her. The pair get to work right away, selecting songs for the album. Madonna pens five of the nine songs, co-writing four of those with former boyfriend and Breakfast Club band mate Stephen Bray. The rhythm section consists of Nile Rodgers on guitar and Synclavier, along with former Chic band mates Bernard Edwards (bass), Tony Thompson (drums) and Rob Sabino (keyboards). Even with Rodgers firmly at the helm, Madonna is also very hands on, being present at all sessions, observing and making suggestions to Rodgers and the other musicians. Once recording is completed, the album is held back for several more months as Madonna’s debut is still generating hits. Released at last in mid-November, “Like A Virgin” is an immediate smash. It spins off four top five pop singles including “Material Girl” (#2 Pop, #49 R&B, #1 Club Play), “Angel” (#5 Pop, #71 R&B, #1 Club Play), “Dress You Up” (#5 Pop, #64 R&B, #1 Club Play) and the title track (#1 Pop, #9 R&B, #1 Club Play). The album’s iconic cover, back cover and inner sleeve photos are taken by fashion photographer Steven Meisel (Seventeen, Vogue). The original US and Canadian promo LP copies are pressed on pure white “virgin” vinyl (originally intended for stock commercial copies also, but deemed too expensive) with custom art labels. “Virgin” establishes Madonna as a pop superstar on a global basis, and becomes her biggest selling album, moving over twenty one million copies worldwide. The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2001 with the 12" mixes of “Material Girl” and the title track as bonus tracks. The album is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Rhino Records in 2016, and as a limited edition clear vinyl pressing in the UK (exclusively through Sainsbury’s) in 2017. It is also reissued as a limited edition white vinyl LP, as part of Rhino’s “Back To The 80’s” series in July of 2018. “Like A Virgin” spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at number ten on the R&B album chart, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.

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18-year-old Madonna photographed by Cecil I. Taylor at the Art Worlds Institute of Creative Arts in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 3, 1977.