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Re: “Madonna, the key to self-discovery

I also find it odd why she would analyze Madonna or have a problem with her when she is an alternative songwriter. Why not analyze alternative female artists who have become successful and famous such as PJ Harvey, Bjork and Tori Amos? Does she feel that their success makes her feel like a failure in the way that Madonna's music does? Does she feel that are inauthentic merely because they have made money and have many fans?

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Posted by Courtney Newman on 03/06/2016 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Madonna, the key to self-discovery

I personally feel that the author sets up an unnecessary dichotomy between indie/alternative music and Madonna. You can like both, they aren't mutually exclusive. I happen to enjoy indie/alternative music as well as being a huge Madonna fan. They are two very different things which both have their place.

Also I think she does Madonna's music a disservice by saying even from her fans that Madonna's music is all just about making people happy. Yes, Madonna has some superficial fun dance material, but she also has deeper songs that deal with darkness, sadness and death. Songs like Promise to Try about the death of her mother, Oh Father about her difficult relationship with her dad, Live to Tell. Ray of Light, etc.

Madonna is a complicated artist. She is not all superficial like Britney Spears. She's not as deep as some alternative artists, but she's not all superficial either. I think the book is badly researched if it doesn't acknowledge that.

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Posted by Courtney Newman on 03/06/2016 at 2:11 PM

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