Today in Madonna History: June 12, 2008

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On June 12 2008, Simon & Schuster announced that Madonna’s younger brother, Christopher Ciccone, would be writing a memoir about his famous sister.

“Ciccone’s extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister-the most famous woman in the world,” the company said in a press release.

The publishing house ordered a first printing of 350,000 copies of Life With My Sister, to be released on July 15, 2008.

When asked, Madonna’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said there would be no comment “at this time.”

Have you read Christopher’s book on Madonna? What did you think?

2 responses

  1. I read Christopher’s book (twice!) and enjoyed hearing his sensitive and fair perspective of what it’s like living in the shadow of his uber-famous and ambitious sister, working with and for her — as her tour costume dresser, tour stage and concept designer, and personal home designer. I was interested in reading about his life as a ballet dancer before he joined Madonna as her backup dancer in the early 80s, as well as his later career as a designer.

    On one hand, he acknowledges how he was supported creatively by her, and spent some fun years touring with her, yet at other times, she was dismissive of him as the annoying younger brother, didn’t celebrate his milestones (finding true love), didn’t invite him into her family (he would have made a good uncle to her kids), and sometimes cruelly mistreated him (especially during her years with homophobe a-hole Guy Ritchie who was awful to Christopher).

    It all seemed like a fair representation, and not that harsh. The worst part, in my view, revolved around her poor choice of husbands. The very gender-binary wedding activities at the exclusive English castle were particularly offensive in their ostracism of Christopher (where he felt excluded from both Guy’s boys’ club with their manly, rich, white-boy fox hunt, and the girly wedding shower that he couldn’t join). Christopher knew Guy was not a great guy for his sister. He was perplexed why she married this entitiled homophobe (as I was). Sean Penn was initially nice to Christopher, then showed his true colours, when Christopher told him he was gay (they did the blood brothers finger thing, and Sean made some comment like ‘I hope I don’t get AIDS from you’). I don’t know why she was so incensed when the book came out. Her husbands weren’t worthy of her, and Christopher rightly points that out in his book.

    Overall, the book left me with the impression that Christopher truly loves Madonna and sees her for who she really is — a woman who has sacrificed fame for love throughout her life and never really found the love she craved. I wonder what their relationship is like now?

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