On October 21 1992, Madonna’s Sex book was released by Warner Books, Maverick and Callaway Books.
The 128-page coffee table book of erotica and sexual fantasies was written by Madonna, with photographs taken by Steven Meisel and film frames shot by Fabien Baron. The book was edited by Glenn O’Brien.
The spiral-bound, metal-covered book was wrapped in a silver mylar bag and included a copy of the Erotic CD single (an exclusive version of the Erotica song). The package also included an 8-page comic book and it was priced at $49.95 US.
How old were you when you first bought or read through Madonna’s Sex book?
I had just turned 20 when this book came out, and I was floored. I never really looked at Madonna the same way after that. I think the most famous pic was Madonna thumbing for a ride completely nude on the side of the highway. The pic that I remember most is Madonna eating a slice of pizza nude in a restaurant and that guy at the next table staring her. The expression on his face was of total shock and disbelief. I bet he’d just spit out his bite of pizza after seeing her. I don’t know if publishing the book was worth it, considering the intense backlash she experienced for the next two or three years. I think the book overshadowed her Erotica album and sunk Body of Evidence at the theaters, and no one really seems to remember the Sex book today, outside of her older fanbase who lived through that era.
The Sex Book-Bizarre is the only word to describe it!
The “Sex” book was a brilliant artistic achievement for Madonna — bold, irreverent, titillating, shocking, subversive, controversial, hilarious, ironic — and unprecedented to this day for a star of M’s magnitude. I ran out and bought it on my lunch hour the day it was released, and to this day it remains prominently displayed on a shelf at home — in the bedroom, of course!
19 when it came out and I bought it on the first day! It was meant to be titillating and controversial. It achieved! It was also not to be taken seriously as the “Moral Majority” would have had you believe. It was a sex positive look at desire and fantasy in an era of real fear from AIDS.