ALS, one page, 8.5 x 13, no date but circa May 1994. Update letter written for ICON, the quarterly publication of the Official Madonna Fan Club, in full (spelling and grammar retained): “Hello fellow revolutionaries, I’m sitting in my castle on the hill (the striped one that annoys everyone) and I’m admiring my rose garden. Everyone should have a rose garden. They have a real calming affect, plus they’re beautiful to look at. I wish I could meet someone that fit’s this description.
I’m sort of in the middle of working on my next album, l’ve written everything with 3 very talented young guys—David Hall, Dallas Austin and Babyface, and now I’m waiting to start recording. I’m taking advantage of a few weeks off by attending the play-off games. I’m a little obsessed with basketball. (this also seems to annoy everyone)
I can’t help it if I know how to have fun. and speaking of having fun can everyone please get over the fact that I went on t.v., smoked a cigar, said the f-word a few times, and made David Lettermen look stupid.
I actually had a very good time, thought it was one of my better performances and proved once again how sexist the world we live in really is. If I were Andrew Dice Clay or Snoop Doggy Dog no one would have given a f—! In this country you are not allowed to be a girl, look good, have a point of view and have a good time all at once. need I say more?
O.K I’ll lighten up. Have you tried the Snackwell fat free chocolate cookies? They’re simply de-lish! O.K gotta go watch the Knicks play the bulls. Speak the truth and shame the devil!” Includes a copy of the letter as it appeared in vol. 4, issue 3 of ICON. In fine condition.
In February of 1994, Madonna began the recording process for her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories. Hoping to soften her image following the release of her controversial Sex book and Erotica album in 1992, Madonna explored lyrical themes of love, sorrow, and romance, collaborated with songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, R&B producers Dallas Austin, Dave ‘Jam’ Hall, and Babyface, and worked with Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk on the album’s titular track. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Charts, was nominated for Best Pop Album at the 38th Grammy Awards, and has since sold an estimated eight million copies worldwide. In contrast to the toned-down Bedtime Stories, Madonna still enjoyed the occasional evocative headline—that spring she famously courted eccentric NBA star Dennis Rodman, and her profanity-laced March 31st appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman proved to be the season’s most censored and talked-about episode.
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