What Gianni Versace’s Death Tells Us About Madonna’s ‘Ray Of Light’ Renaissance

“Traveling, traveling / In the arms of unconsciousness,” Madonna cooed on the Björk-assisted single “Bedtime Story,” released in 1995. Overexposed and castigated after the ruckus surrounding “Erotica” and the carnal coffee-table book Sex, she’d forged a reverie about disconnecting from reality. “Today is the last day that I’m using words / They’ve gone out, lost their meaning.” But by 1998, Madonna had…

Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’: 6 Things You Didn’t Know

Madonna’s collaborators on ‘Ray of Light’ delve into the making of the star’s pivotal 1998 LP. Photofest Twenty years ago, Madonna was at a crossroads. After launching her Maverick entertainment company in 1992 with her widely but not wisely panned Eroticaalbum and Sex book, the star entered a period of relative caution. The exuberant queerness of those works gave way to muted…