Ziggy bows out, Madonna scares the pope and Dylan goes electric: 50 gigs that changed music

Blond Ambition tour, April-August 1990 Touring her fourth album, Like a Prayer, Madonna altered the blueprint for modern pop shows with this combination of narrative, choreography, high production values and fashion. That it was also a taboo-busting exploration of sexuality and religion only solidified its legacy: she nearly got arrested in Toronto for simulating masturbation, while…

Deep Dive: Madonna, LIKE A VIRGIN

It was the record that made Madonna a superstar. Already with a slew of hits and a Top 10 debut album to her credit, the young singer took charge of her career with the decade-defining follow-up, Like a Virgin. When Madonna’s record label wouldn’t let her self-produce the album, she tapped Nile Rodgers to serve…