Popular Music: Madonna’s New York

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A nineteen year-old Madonna moved to NYC in 1978. It was the home of Talking Heads, Arthur Russell, Blondie, Grace Jones, John Lennon, Steve Reich, Chic, Larry Levan, Z Records, Afrika Bambaataa, Suicide, Richard Hell, Keith Haring, Warhol and Basquiat, Studio 54, Paradise Garage, The Loft, CBGB’s, The Stonewall Inn… and Madonna’s dance tutor Martha Graham.

David Byrne has written about ‘scenius’ and how great music tends to come from scenes rather than geniuses working alone. Madonna arrived into the most extraordinary music and art scene, and though she made pop music, she did it in a more snotty, arty and punk way than pretty much anyone since.

We’ll be playing music from New York from the end of the 70’s and the early 80s, and a whole load of Madonna especially the early stuff. Why listen to anything else?

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