In October 1992, every tabloid newspaper, news programme and well, everyone on the planet was talking about Madonna’s coffee table book, ‘Sex’. The adult-themed picture book, which was labelled by Madonna as a book of artistic photographs, was an international best seller, despite the fact that people were shocked and outraged by it’s sexually graphic content!
The book, which featured madonna in a number of un-orthodox positions, was shot by long-term friend and photographer Steven Meisel and featured model, Naomi Campbell, ex-rapper turned motorbike salesman, Vanilla Ice and actress, Isabella Rossolini. Only 50,000 copies of the £25.00 book were originally published and they all sold-out within minutes of going on sale.
Unfortunately the controversy surrounding the book over-shadowed the release of one of Madonna’s most experitmental albums to date, which also happened to be released the day before the book. ‘Erotica’ effortlessly fused lazy beats, a nod to drum ‘n’ bass, jazz and was possibly released ahead of it’s time, but due to the explicit nature of the lyrics and the accompanying softcore metal-back storybook, it was panned by the critics! However, the album did spawn five top ten singles, Erotica, Deeper And Deeper, Bad Girl, Fever and Rain.
After the release of ‘Sex’, Madonna’s career nose-dived and it wasn’t until she took on the role of Eva Peron in film adaption of the musical ‘Evita’, and recorded the 1998 album ‘Ray Of Light’, that her career ressurected itself and she reclaimed her title as ‘The Queen Of Pop’!
The full ‘uncensored’ book can be downloaded for free at http://www.filestube.com/8aa78c5333f39bb803e9,g/MADONNA-SEX-book.html.