Blond Ambition: Growing Up with Madonna

BBC Radio 4

US music critic and broadcaster Ann Powers remembers the first time she laid hands on Madonna. On her photograph, that is – kohl-rimmed eyes gazing with laser intensity from beneath her platinum-blonde New Wave pixie cut, neck and arms adorned with the rubber bangles and metal chains popular among punks and club kids alike in 1984.

As Madonna ascended into pop superstardom, the controversies raged. But as the Material Girl turns 65, what should we make of her now?

Produced by Victoria Ferran

Broadcast:  12th August 2023 on BBC Radio 4