Nicki Minaj: My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen. #BitchItsMadonna 😜


Nicki Minaj: My trip to New York isn’t the same unless I bump into the Queen. #BitchItsMadonna 😜

Deborah Finegold’s new book: “Music”.

Madonna looks like she has been sucking on that red lollipop all day, her hair teased to 1980s perfection and her right arm lined with black bangles. She peers into the camera as if she’s about to wink, already aware that she’ll soon be one of the most famous pop stars in the world.

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Deborah Finegold’s new book: “Music”.

Madonna looks like she has been sucking on that red lollipop all day, her hair teased to 1980s perfection and her right arm lined with black bangles. She peers into the camera as if she’s about to wink, already aware that she’ll soon be one of the most famous pop stars in the world.
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An early portrait of Madonna on the cusp of fame in 1983, it’s also a testament to photographer Deborah Feingold’s finely tuned sense of her subjects and the qualities that make them special. That picture is one of several iconic images that make up Feingold’s new book, “Music,” her first-ever anthology, with an introduction by music journalist Anthony DeCurtis.
Damiani publishing will publish the book on Sept. 30, plus there will be an in-store signing at Porter Square Books in Cambridge on Sept. 25.


Q. Your photos of Madonna took on a life of their own.
A. I have no explanation for that. It was a 20-minute shoot in my apartment that was so tiny that all my furniture folded up against the wall, including the bed, table, and chairs. I was all set up. I had one assistant. She came with Liz Rosenberg, who remained her publicist. Her makeup was ready to go. I had a bowl of lollipops, Tootsie Rolls, and bubble gum. I probably didn’t get paid or have a budget; hence a bowl of lollipops and bubble gum. Everything was very simple. I shot four rolls of film, and for every frame she changed it up. It was like a dance, and I was a good follower. I had the skill, but she led. Twenty minutes later, she knew we had finished, and she left. She was a working girl, I was there to work, and that’s what you see.

Madonna’s first ever performance at Danceteria in New York City, 1985. “Haoui Montaug had a cabaret once a month and he would pay you 20 bucks to perform. I think she did 'Everybody.'” From photographer Josh Cheuse’s “Grooving Years” exhibition.

Madonna’s first ever performance at Danceteria in New York City, 1985. “Haoui Montaug had a cabaret once a month and he would pay you 20 bucks to perform. I think she did 'Everybody.'” From photographer Josh Cheuse’s “Grooving Years” exhibition.

Pre-order Madonna’s 2015 Calendar Now!

The 2015 Madonna calendar is now available for pre-order from her official online store. Be one of the first 200 to pre-order and get a free 24 X 36 inches poster print of the original photo used to create the calendar’s cover art!! www.madonna.com/store

Pre-order Madonna’s 2015 Calendar Now!
The 2015 Madonna calendar is now available for pre-order from her official online store. Be one of the first 200 to pre-order and get a free 24 X 36 inches poster print of the original photo used to create the calendar’s cover art!! www.madonna.com/store