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The lavishly illustrated, 20th Anniversary Edition of the ultimate, unofficial Madonna book—by a fan, for fans!
The lavishly illustrated, 20th Anniversary Edition of the ultimate, unofficial Madonna book—by a fan, for fans!
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Help Make a Definitive Update of the Ultimate, Unauthorized Madonna Fan Book a Reality!

From the author, Matthew Rettenmund:

The 1995 edition, featuring Nose-Ring Madonna!
The 1995 edition, featuring Nose-Ring Madonna!

THE ORIGINAL BOOK

Back in 1995, the esteemed editor Thomas Dunne at St. Martin’s Press published my first book, a humorous, irreverently reverent, exhaustive, unofficial A-to-Z on the life and career of Madonna called Encyclopedia Madonnica.

"Rolling Stone" piece on the 1st book from 1995!
"Rolling Stone" piece on the 1st book from 1995!

As a fan of Madonna and as the owner of a massive archive of magazines, clippings and “Madonnabilia,” I felt compelled to document the incredible phenomenon of the girl from Bay City who in her first 13 years on the pop scene had become one of the greatest music icons (and one of the most controversial public figures) of all time.

List from the 1st edition—the new "EM" will have tons of lists!
List from the 1st edition—the new "EM" will have tons of lists!

The book was a big hit—it sold well for over a decade, was published in Japan and led to quite a few TV appearances for me as a Madonna expert.

From Madonna's official fanzine, "Icon"—remember magazines???
From Madonna's official fanzine, "Icon"—remember magazines???

Over the years, I’ve received so many notes from readers asking for an update that I finally decided it was time for a complete overhaul…and I want to publish it on my own terms—by a fan, for fans—on the 20th anniversary of the first book’s publication.

1995 club-party invites—almost 20 years old!
1995 club-party invites—almost 20 years old!

THE NEW BOOK

The original Encyclopedia Madonnica was a paperback of about 200 black-and-white pages, with a color insert.

In keeping with Kickstarter’s motto of underpromising and overdelivering, I can promise that the update will be at least 200 pages, black-and-white, heavily illustrated and will contain some amazing, never-before-published photos of Madonna.

Madonna can't be licked, but can—in fact—lick!
Madonna can't be licked, but can—in fact—lick!

Depending on how much money I raise, my personal goal is to make the book quite a bit longer, in full color and to create a 500-copy initial run for collectors with a unique cover and some special content, as well as at least another 500 copies beyond that. Money permitting, I would like to offer the book not only to my generous Kickstarter donors (you get a physical copy of the book starting at the $45 donation level), but would also like to make it available via traditional outlets, like Amazon.

There really is only one...for $1,000!
There really is only one...for $1,000!

I have an enormous wealth of information to add to an updated edition and countless unseen photos.

$5,000: Madonna's necklace from her first album cover!
$5,000: Madonna's necklace from her first album cover!

When I wrote the first Encyclopedia Madonnica, I was just a fanboy writing in my room. This time around, I have more credibility, so I believe I will be able to secure original interviews with many of the players in the Madonna story.

With your generous donations, I plan to create a sequel that will not only live up to the high expectations created by the first book, but will surpass it in scope, humor, imagery and design.

Meeting Madonna, I was officially #dead! (Courtesy of Gregory Pace)
Meeting Madonna, I was officially #dead! (Courtesy of Gregory Pace)

WHO AM I?

I have been in publishing and media since 1987, when I went to work for trail-blazing female literary agent Jane Jordan Browne in Chicago. I continued my book-publishing experience when I moved to New York, working in editorial for St. Martin’s Press. It was at this time that I published Encyclopedia Madonnica, followed by my first novel, Boy Culture.

My first novel—best cover ever!
My first novel—best cover ever!
For $60, get my new book and my 2nd novel!
For $60, get my new book and my 2nd novel!

I worked at Reuters, in adult-magazine publishing, did celebrity ghost-writing, and published several more books, including the first ‘80s nostalgia book (Totally Awesome ‘80s) and the novel Blind Items: A (Love) Story.

In 1998, I created and founded a popular teen-entertainment magazine called Popstar!, which kept me busy 24/7 for 14 years. During this time, I became the first editor to cover Zac Efron, the Jonas Brothers, and Hilary Duff, among many others. I also learned a lot about the expenses and considerations involved in publishing.

W.E. had fun!
W.E. had fun!

From 2013 until this spring, I worked in TV for Anderson Cooper and then Bethenny Frankel in Web production.

Perhaps the creation I'm most associated with currently is the gay-culture blog, Boy Culture. (My 100 favorite posts here.)

There is no aspect of media in which I have not worked, so I am uniquely qualified to be entrusted with a budget to produce a quality book.

80 like these for $4,500!
80 like these for $4,500!
20 like this for $3,000!
20 like this for $3,000!

WHY I NEED WHAT I NEED + THE REWARDS

Traditional book publishers have huge discounts on printing, print overseas and have discretionary budgets in which to bury losses. Printing this book on my own terms will be expensive, as will securing the right to publish photos, not to mention the time investment of about six months.

$1,750 Reward: Unique framed image by Corman!
$1,750 Reward: Unique framed image by Corman!

I realize that people want value for their dollar, so I promise a terrific book that any fan would enjoy immensely.

Beautiful prints at the $225 rewards level!
Beautiful prints at the $225 rewards level!

To help make your contributions all the easier, I have dug deeply into my archive and am offering a wealth of unique Madonnabilia, including original Polaroids, special prints and jewelry actually worn by Madonna!

$1,725 reward: Maripol-designed bracelet!
$1,725 reward: Maripol-designed bracelet!
For $1,700, own an item Madonna wore on her 1st album cover!
For $1,700, own an item Madonna wore on her 1st album cover!

WHAT IF I RAISE MORE THAN $22,500?

Keep checking back. As rewards vanish, I may be able to offer more and more.

As I wrote earlier, I am in this to create a truly special book, and the more money I receive the more I’ll be able to spend toward that goal. If I can blow past my minimum goal, I will be in a better position to make the book full-color, and I’ll be able to afford more illustrations.

This Misrach piece is a $1,020-level reward!
This Misrach piece is a $1,020-level reward!

HOW ELSE YOU CAN HELP

If this Kickstarter is successful, I would value your input on entries you’d like to see, what was missing from the first book, rare Madonnabilia you have that you think I might not have seen and, of course, original images I might use. I want your participation and feedback, so e-mail me any time at matthewrettenmund@gmail.com, friend me on Facebook @matthewrettenmund and follow me on Twitter @mattrett.

At the $2,250 level, a famous Mr. Brainwash piece!
At the $2,250 level, a famous Mr. Brainwash piece!

THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for your time and attention and, if you decide to give, your generous donation. Please give whatever you can afford, and please take the time to share the link to this page far and wide.

Special thanks to Bruce Glikas for the main image of this Kickstarter.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges are not great here; if you pledge and I fail to make $22,500, you won't be charged. If I do make $22,500, you will be charged...and I will then compile and publish the book and get copies to everyone in 2015.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Original aluminum chain necklace worn by Madonna during her 1983 “sweater” photo shoot with Richard Corman, stunningly framed with a color Xerox showing her wearing the item. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Original bracelet designed by Maripol as a continuous line of rectangular copper metal links terminating in a clasp. Madonna wore this item during her first album-cover shoot with Gary Heery, and it was auctioned off by stylist Maripol via Sotheby’s/eBay in 2002. Comes with COA from that auction. (I can't provide an image that definitively shows her wearing it, but COA states it was part of that styling, and in the same auction I obtained the very IDable "coin bracelet" and others visible. Just FYI.) From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Original, one-of-a-kind custom Richard Corman print (approx. 14” X 14” with 10.5” X 10.5” visible in matte and stainless steel frame, 18” X 18” outer dimensions) of Madonna from 1983, rare image, not offered for sale on Corman’s site, not seen in his recent book, this image was obtained from the photographer 10 years ago as a custom order. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Original, one-of-a-kind Polaroid of Madonna from her BEDTIME STORIES shoot with Patrick Demarchelier. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Original Mr. Brainwash print, approx.. 15” X 22”, “Line Kiss” Madonna kissing Britney Spears, #48 of an edition of only 50 total. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Collection of 20 slides in white mounts with imprinted date of December 1985 of Madonna on the set of her "Live to Tell" video as shot by Herb Rits. Some of these images were seen on eBay, some never appeared on eBay. Stunning array of poses. For some reason, only 1 or 2 shots from this extensive portrait shoot were ever used. Absolute artifact and rare to find 20 at once. No rights given or implied, just the prints. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Madonna wore this item during her first album-cover shoot with Gary Heery, and it was auctioned off by stylist Maripol via Sotheby’s/eBay in 2002. Comes with COA from that auction. Madonna wears the chain, stretches it tightly across her throat and even bites it. (More info: This chain was designed by Madonna's first stylist, the great Maripol. She provided all the jewelry for that massively important shoot, Madonna wore/used it, and then Maripol received it back. Ten years ago, Maripol auctioned off a treasure trove of items worn and used by Madonna in an auction via eBay/Sotheby's. Madonna's late manager Caresse Henry provided signed COAs for all items. I won this and many other items from that auction. So this chain went from Maripol to Madonna back to Maripol to me...and now to you. There is a large circular loop that was, in the shoot, attached to this chain—that is not in my possession, but was probably used to lengthen this chain with another chain, or was just used for effect. Absolutely authentic and comes with the same COA I received 10 years ago.) From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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    Acknowledged in the book. With SASE (or sufficient money for shipping), will sign your copies of the physical 1995 edition and/or any of my other published books. PDF of the 1995 edition. Physical copy of the 2015 20th Anniversary Edition of ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (personalized or not—all are signed). PDF of 250 Madonna magazine covers from ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection, no watermarks. Collection of 80 4"X6" black-and-white vintage (20 years ago) prints from the original negatives of a Madonna shoot from approximately 1980 for THE VILLAGE VOICE. Only a handful of these images has ever been seen anywhere, including a few in the original ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA (see image at left). These 80 images consist of 8 different looks: reading "301 Things a Bright Girl Can Do", reading "101 Uses for a Dead Cat", sundress, tweed skirt (look used for early headshot), vintage fedora, print dress, '40s dress smoking/drinking at bar and flowery necklace/scoop top. Madonna has short, dark hair and is stunning, very Pat Benatar. No rights given or implied, just the prints. From the ENCYCLOPEDIA MADONNICA collection.

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