Madonna is the most media-savvy pop star since Bob Dylan and, for a spell, the most consistently controversial one since Elvis Presley. Her pleasure-celebrating dance music and videos gave feminism a makeover throughout the Eighties, smashing sexual boundaries, making eroticism a crucial pop-song element, and challenging social and religious mores. Madonna later positioned herself as a doting mother and charitable international citizen. At nearly every turn, she has maintained firm control over her career and image.

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