Matthew Rettenmund, the blogger at BoyCulture.com and the author of the novels Boy Culture (made into an acclaimed film in 2006) and Blind Items: A (Love) Story, has released Encyclopedia Madonnica 20, with a stunning cover by Richard Corman and a previously unseen back cover photo by Kiri Teshigahara. It is the 20th Anniversary update of the 1995 classic. The 582-page “Madonna bible” covers Madonna’s life and career in witty, exhaustively informative alphabetical entries from birth to “Bitch I’m Madonna.” Designed by Anthony Coombs, the full-color book is filled with never-before-seen photos, images of unusual collectibles, and original illustrations.
Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 contains interviews with Madonna’s legendary stylist, Maripol; her first photographer, Linda Alaniz; Desperately Seeking Susan actor Robert Joy, and publicist Reid Rosefelt; gossip icon Michael Musto; former MTV journalist John Norris; auction expert Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions; Thomas De Pascale, who produced Madonna’s first show in Boston in 1984; and many others.
The book also contains one-word descriptions of Madonna from 80+ entertainment luminaries, including Carol Burnett (“Talented!”), Andy Cohen (“Queen”), Billy Eichner (“Determined”), Perez Hilton (“Forever”), Cyndi Lauper (“UNSTOPPABLE”), Liza Minnelli (“Sensational”), and one-time boyfriend Tony Ward (“Relentless”).
“I’ve been obsessed with Madonna almost as long as Madonna has been obsessed with Madonna,” Rettenmund said. “What I think readers will love about this book is that it’s both a lighthearted answer to every fan’s like-a-prayers and a serious assessment of Madonna as an artist and pop cultural phenomenon.”