In October 1983 I went backstage at the Camden Palace (now KOKO), a concert venue in London, with a couple of record company colleagues to tell one of our artists – a young woman called Madonna – that the 20-minute set she’d just performed had been really good. Actually, it was incredible.

Back then Madonna was just beginning her career. Her first two singles, Everybody in 1982 and the next single Burning Up, hadn’t been hits. But it would be third time lucky with Holiday, which had just been released.

When she stepped onto the stage that Thursday night with her eye-catching look – crucifix earrings, black top, black skirt, cropped leggings, that hair, the lipstick, the bare midriff – there was already a growing buzz of excitement around her.

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