Carrie Fisher and Madonna interviewed each other for Rolling Stone in the ’90s, and as expected, it was wonderful

Celebrities interviewing other celebrities? It’s a beautiful thing. InStyle did it recently with Reese Witherspoon and Dolly Parton, and as it turns out, Rolling Stone had Carrie Fisher interview Madonna way back in the early ’90s.

These types of interviews are incredible since a whole new level of comfort emerges between interview chatter — especially if the two stars are fans of each other. For this particular piece, Fisher was the one in charge of taking notes on Madonna.

The interview took place back in 1991, and Rolling Stone had published it in two parts, in two separate issues. (Remember, this is well before they had a web presence.) Due to the unfortunate passing of Carrie Fisher, the popular magazine decided to re-publish the interview online, and let the world — especially those who missed issues #606 and #607 — check it out again.

Here are some of the best parts of the interview:

1. This was Fisher’s first interview ever.

While she obviously had a lot of experience with the press herself, she never had the opportunity to sit down and talk with one of her own idols for a magazine feature. Prior to the interview, she noted that while she had met Madonna before, this was the first chance for the two of them to truly have a conversation.

2. Fisher’s wardrobe, in comparison to Madonna’s, was pretty predictable.

Magazines today often include what a particular celebrity is wearing at the time of the interview. Fisher did just that — the interview took place at two separate locations, and Fisher noted Madonna’s eccentric ensemble during both.

“Madonna wore gold lamé; I probably wore black. The last sessions took place in the offices of her manager, Freddy DeMann. Madonna wore a negligee; I probably wore black,” Fisher wrote.

And, this is one of the many reasons why we love her. She always kept it casual.

3. Fisher was the second choice to do the interview.

We’re so glad that Carrie Fisher was picked instead of the originally rumored choice — Norman Mailer. Nothing against Mailer, but as Fisher noted, the piece would have been severely different.

“No doubt that Norman on Madonna would have been a historic piece,” Fisher noted. “But this time around, history was not in the budget. Unfortunately or not, I was. So a lot of money was saved, and history was not made. Or made, at least, of cruder material. Discount history, at those low, low, no-mailer prices.”

If only she knew.

4. Fisher and Madonna saw the same shrink.

And funny enough, mentioning that is exactly how Fisher decided to start her interview.

5. She could have lost her virginity to Warren Beatty, but chose not to.

If she did, the interview would have been a bit more interesting. Madonna, who had a 15-month relationship with the actor, asked her if they had slept together, and Fisher denied it.

He offered to relieve me of the huge burden of my virginity,” Fisher responded. “Four times. That was the big offer. I decided against it. I decided for reality over anecdote.”


6. Fisher always wanted to be a boss.

In fact, she blamed her height — which was at 5’1″ and a half — as to why. She mentioned she wanted to direct, in order to feel a little more powerful amongst the men of the industry. (Madonna, for the record, stated that she’s 5’4″ and a half.)

7. Fisher credits Madonna for being part of her recovery.

Fisher was in rehabilitation for drugs around the time Madonna started hitting it big.

“The drug addicts only wanted to watch Star Trek, MTV or The Twilight Zone,” Fisher said. “You were part of my recovery, dancing and writhing on the floor.”

The rest of the interview — every bit of it worth perusing — reads much like a conversation between two friends, and Rolling Stone should be proud of themselves for posting it. The more we learn about the lives of both of these incredibly talented women, the better.


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Madonna on the set of ‘Material Girl’ with Mary Lambert – original press photo added

This original genuine press photo of Madonna on the set of ‘Material Girl’ posing with director Mary Lambert has just been added to our Like a Virgin album promo page (memorabilia section).

This original photo was used in Life magazine as mentioned on the back of the photo in handwriting: Life May ’86 p. 86. 

It was on the set of recording the video to ‘Material Girl’ that Madonna met her husband to be Sean Penn.

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Niki and Donna “Let There Be Peace On Earth” Special Holiday single

a3601074555_10Niki Haris and Donna De Lory have just released their Holiday single – “Let There Be Peace On Earth” which is only available for sale on Bandcamp, or as a free track when you pledge to their PledgeMusic Campaign.
I don’t have to mention that their voices are in absolute beautiful harmony together which doesn’t even require music for an accompanying melody. Here they deliver a stunningly stripped down laid bare track, that truly is all about that (the harmonies), with barely any music you can almost classify this as an A Cappella track. If you weren’t in the Holiday spirits yet, this gorgeous single might just do that still. 
The single can be purchased here
Anyone who pledges to the Niki and Donna PledgeMusic campaign will get access to a free download of the track! 
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Book on Madonna’s history with Bay City makes Rolling Stone best-of list

BAY CITY, MI — A book charting Bay City’s historical dealings with its most famous daughter has been recognized by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the year’s best documents.

The magazine on Dec. 21 published its writers’ picks for the 10 Best Music Books of 2016. Among the selections was author Alina Simone’s “Madonnaland and Other Detours Into Fame and Fandom.”

“Writing about a figure that already has countless words dedicated to her, singer/writer Alina Simone gives us a fuller, weirder and more interesting overview of Madonna than we may have thought possible,” Jason Diamond wrote. “By exploring Madonna’s hometown of Bay City, Michigan, ‘Madonnaland’ looks at the world that created the performer, the town that she left behind and the people whose lives she has changed. It’s the way Simone presents her story that’s most riveting, whether it’s looking at idiosyncratic figures from the pop star’s home state (Question Mark and the Mysterians; forgotten and collector-beloved band Flying Wedge) or her own journey from pop music fandom to indie rock.”

Other books on the list include Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run,” Phil Collins’ memoir “Not Dead Yet,” and “Trouble Boys,” the biography of seminal Midwestern punk rockers the Replacements.

Madonna, for the uninitiated, was born in Bay City’s Mercy Hospital — now Bradley House, 100 15th St. — on Aug. 16, 1958. A controversy arose in 1987 after a televised interview the pop singer had with Jane Pauley, wherein Madonna described Bay City as “a little, smelly town in northern Michigan.” A couple of sentences later, she clarified “I have great affection for Bay City,” a clause that was apparently forgotten in the public memory.

The 138-page book was published March 1 by the University of Texas Press, which had commissioned Simone to pen a biography of Madonna. As part of her research, the New York-based Simone visited Bay City in February 2014 to attend a Madonna seminar hosted by local music historian Gary Johnson.

From its first sentence, the book is steeped in Bay City lore, with Johnson featured prominently throughout. The city’s history as a boomtown during its 19thCentury logging heyday and the associated infamy with Hell’s Half Mile are recounted. Figures such as state Rep. Charles M. Brunner, local historian Ron Bloomfield, and then-Mayor Christopher Shannon pop up.

Local music buff hosts Madonna presentation in hopes of correcting myths, garnering attention for Material Girl's Bay City connection

Local music buff hosts Madonna presentation in hopes of correcting myths, garnering attention for Material Girl’s Bay City connection

BAY CITY, MI — Bay County music historian Gary Johnson recalls making the trip to Cleveland in 2008 to watch Bay City’s most famous daughter inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Though the induction ceremony was conducted in New York City, it was broadcast live at the hall’s Ohio museum. Johnson says it was a thrill…

“My involvement in it was trying to dig up the history of Madonna and her hometown,” Johnson said. “Alina was hoping she could find some people in Bay City who were willing to comment on the record their opinion of Madonna, both pro and con. Nobody was willing to talk on the record about being anti-Madonna, which is kind of surprising. You bring up her name in Bay City and the first thing they bring up is the ‘insult,’ which we know didn’t really happen.”

Faced with the deluge of material already written about Madonna, Simone ended up opting not to write a standard biography and returned her publisher’s advance. Instead of abandoning the project altogether, she crafted a Gonzo-style work, having “set off on a quirky detour through the backroads of celebrity and fandom and the people who love or loathe Madonna,” according to the book’s back cover.

Why does Bay City hate Madonna, journalist asks

Why does Bay City hate Madonna, journalist asks

Every two years, a journalist, politician or community leader is pushing the city to do something — anything! — to honor and recognize Madonna, the Queen of Pop.

“Once she bagged the (original) idea, I thought that was pretty much the end of it,” Johnson said. “Then she came up with this other angle of writing a book about trying to write a book about Madonna. It’s an interesting take on the whole thing.”

In addition to covering Madonna’s link with Bay City, Simone dedicated large portions of her book to the city’s past with “96 Tears,” the Question Mark & the Mysterians tune recorded on Bay City’s West Side in 1965. The garage rock classic went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966.

Mayor Shannon in July 2014 dedicated “96 Tears” as Bay City’s official rock ‘n’ roll song, with the sinuous process for that distinction explored in Simone’s book.

Johnson said he was shocked to log onto Rolling Stone’s website and see the list.

“It was thrill enough just to be mentioned in a published book, but to have it recognized as one of the best of the year by a respected national music publication and to be among music heroes like Bruce Springsteen and the Replacements, not to mention Slim Harpo and Paul Simon, is something I’m still having trouble getting my head around,” he said. “I think my jaw hit my chest.

More at MLIVE

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Madonna’s Skin Care Is Making Its U.S. Debut

Madonna.Photo: 2016 Getty Images

The nadir of Madonna’s divorce from Guy Ritchie hit when gossip sites spat out intimate details of their marriage, including the remarkable morsel that the pop icon slathered her skin in a $800 cream every night before encasing herself in plastic wrap. Whether that was true then is unknown, but it’s likely not true now, given Madonna is shilling her own, slightly more affordable skin-care line. It debuted in Japan several weeks ago and, according to Madonna, will hit U.S. shelves soon.

Called MDNA, the line is composed of six products: a face wash, serum, rose mist, eye mask, eye serum, and a mud mask. MDNA’s promises fall in line with most other skin-care brands: to moisturize, promote skin elasticity, and clear congested pores. Water sourced from Montecatini, a tiny town in northern Italy, is said to add a somewhat mystical “healing component” to the MDNA lineup, and the Chrome Clay Mask, which uses volcanic ash collected from the same Italian town, is amplified when removed with a magnet. The magnetic component is something seen in other masks that have debuted within the past year, where the magnet stimulates negatively charged compounds found on skin to boost circulation and collagen production.

MDNA has yet to release an exact date for its U.S. launch. In the meantime, Madonna is previewing the line on Instagram, and making a hell of a run at beauty blogging, to boot.

More at NYmag

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Madonna in Veronica magazine (NL)

Veronica magazine have published a two page spread on Madonna and Sean Penn, according to Veronica magazine they should hook up as they belong together. The magazine is available at your local supermarket and bookstore, number 50/51).

As the article features a gorgeous shot taken at Madonna’s Tears of a Clown Art Basel event, this has been added to our Tears of a Clown page (Miami gallery tab)

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Rebel Heart Tour no airdate yet for Dutch Television

Unfortunately NPO3 confirms that they have decided not to purchase the rights to air Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on Dutch TV.

Previously they bought the rights to The MDNA Tour and aired it three times, the quality of the broadcast was miles better than that of the released DVD/blu-ray so this is a pity.

Hopefully the Rebel Heart Tour will air on a different channel, we’ll keep you updated.


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Will Madonna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé Offer Alternative to Trump Inauguration?

 As inauguration day draws closer, Robert Reich — the former Labor Secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration — has taken to social media to advocate for an anti-Trump concert in Washington, D.C., during the January 20 inauguration. 

“Someone just suggested to me a televised ‘freedom concert’ to air at the same time as the inauguration — with huge celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and so on,” Reich wrote on Facebook. “Alec Baldwin MC’s the event, playing Trump as he does on SNL.”

Pop culture heavy-hitters performing during the President-elect’s televised swearing-in would certainly give Trump a run for the ratings, something he takes very seriously. Such a star-studded event would also highlight the immense difficulty Trump has faced pinning down performers for his special day, most recently losing Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli after severe online backlash. Even Washington, D.C.’s local marching bands are declining to attend.  

Talk of a so-called “freedom concert” has gained traction with Reich’s nearly 1.7 million Facebook followers, with the reach continuing to grow as it is shared across all social media platforms. A petition launched as well, with nearly 45,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

Full article at

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Madonna performs Holiday on Top Of The Pops: The Collection special on CANVAS (1 January 2017)

mqdefaultCANVAS will air Madonna’s original performance of ‘Holiday’ on Top Of The Pops on TV Special: The Collection.

Included performances are

The Specials – ‘Ghost Town’, Duran Duran – ‘Girls On Film‘, Soft Cell – ‘Tainted Love’, The Human League – ‘Don’t You Want Me’, Public Image Limited – ‘Flowers Of Romance’, Dexy’s Midnight Runners – ‘Come On Eileen’, U2 – ‘New Year’s Day’, Culture Club – ‘Karma Chameleon’, Spandau Ballet – ‘True’, Frankie Goes To Hollywood – ‘Relax’, Madonna – ‘Holiday’ en Wham – ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’.

1 January 2017 01:05 – 02:00 local time (repeated at 04:05 – 05:00)

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Madonna among artists to celebrate Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday on NBC Special

NBC is celebrating the 90th birthday of American music icon Tony Bennett with a two-hour special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come, airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Filmed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall last September, the program is hosted by Alec Baldwin, impersonating Bennett rather than Donald Trump.  It includes performances by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, Diana Krall, k.d. lang, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kevin Spacey, Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright and Bennett himself. It also features appearances by Garth Brooks, Steve Buscemi, Robert De Niro, Celine Dion, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, Paul McCartney, John McEnroe, Miss Piggy, Regis Philbin, Keith Richards, Don Rickles, Homer Simpson, Carrie Underwood, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey and Trisha Yearwood.

At a program at the Paley Center for Media in New York last week, Danny Bennett, the singer’s son and manager, who executive-produced the special, called it a celebration rather than a tribute: “Tony never looks back, he only looks forward.”

“When I reached out to artists, not one didn’t say yes,” he said, adding, “I didn’t want it to be scripted, I wanted it to be spontaneous…Tony’s music transcends generations.”

Astoria, Queens-born Bennett–who turned 90 last August; has performed for over 60 years and won 19 Grammys; and is also an accomplished painter–told the Paley Center audience that his family had inspired his career when he sang for them as a child, particularly after his father died when he was ten.  “I was shocked because I loved him so much.  My relatives came over every Sunday to see my family, they said, ‘We love the way you sing, we like the way you paint.’  My relatives told me who I was.  There’s not a day that I don’t paint, not a day I don’t think about a song to sing,” he explained.

Bennett–who said the biggest influences on his singing career include Billie Holiday, Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby—revealed that Bob Hope had urged him to Americanize his name from Anthony Dominick Benedetto to Tony Bennett, and later took him on the road to perform.

“Jack Benny and George Burns told me it would take nine years to learn how to perform.  They were exactly correct, it took me nine years to learn what to leave out,” he said.

Bennett, who has performed with Lady Gaga since 2011, said she “gave me her audience, and I gave her my audience,” adding that he would also like to perform sometime with Beyonce.

“I love what I do, I love to make people feel good, I don’t want to retire,” he added, describing his 90th birthday concert as “the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life, in my whole career.”

A companion CD to the NBC special, Tony Bennett Celebrates 90, featuring musical performances from the broadcast, was released last week; this includes a booklet featuring appreciation essays by President Bill Clinton, Martin Scorsese, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mandel, Bill Charlap and Everett Raymond Kinstler.  A deluxe 3-CD package, with the companion CD and two additional CDs featuring rare and never before released archival studio and live Tony Bennett recordings, is also available exclusively on Amazon.

More at Forbes

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Desperately Seeking Susan original advance screenings invitation added – new item

We have just added this original invitation flyer for advance screenings of Desperately Seeking Susan to our Desperately Seeking Susan Filmography page. 

Rarely seen and original this invite reads:

‘Advance Screenings of Orion Pictures’ Hip hit-to-be Desperately Seeking Susan’

Previews were held on March 26 and 27, while it opened officially on March 29 1985.

This has been added to Desperately Seeking Susan (memorabilia section) in Filmography, stay tuned for many more extremely rare items to be added soon!


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Madonna Underground 10 year anniversary film – release parties, live events, exclusives and much more!

Hereby we introduce to you our 10th anniversary film. This film compiles the highlights of everything MadonnaUnderground has done in the past 10 (11) years; various competitions, official release parties, screenings, live events and many exclusives. Maybe you even spot yourself? Enjoy!

MU 10 year anniversary film door madonnaunderground

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