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For all Madame X fans (shoutout to superfan@Shoful) a nice reference book with photos about the album and the eponymous tour is available from today.

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Madame X has been described by both critics and fans as one of Madonna’s best-ever creative albums and tours. In this first instalment of a 2-part book series we explore the cultural diversity of music styles, the artists and the places of the city of Lisbon that greatly inspired Madonna to create Madame X. It begins from when Madonna made Lisbon her home in 2017 and the book becomes a tourist itinerary of Lisbon’s locations and the melting-pot of music styles from which Madame X was born. The Madame X Tour that followed in 2019 to early 2020 was truly compelling and unique.

Table of contents of the book :

Author’s Note …………………………..…………………………………………………………..……………………………. 11

PART 1: YOUR LISBON GUIDE TO MADAME X ………………………………………………………………………………….13

The Renaissance of Madame X in Lisbon …..………………………………………………………………….……….. 15

Musical Styles That Inspired Madame X ……….……………………………………………………………………….. 33

Lisbon as a Cultural Melting Pot ……..……………………………………………………………………………………. 33

Lisbon’s Music Scene ………..………………………………………………………………………..………………………. 36

Musical Styles …………..………………………………………………………………………..……………………………… 40

Fado ……………………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………… 40

Morna ………….……………………………………………………………………….………………………………………….. 44

Batuko …………………………………………………………………………………………….……………………….……….. 47

Funaná ……………………………….………………………………………………………………………..……………………. 51

Funk Carioca ……………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 54

Other Musical Styles ………….…………………………………………………………………………..……………………. 56

Inside The World of Madame X ………..…………………………………………………………………..………………. 59

Madonna’s Lusophone Musicians on Tour …………………………………………………………………………………….. 60

Gaspar Varela (Portuguese Guitarra) ……..……………………………………………………………………….…….. 60

Diogo Varela Silva (Assistant) ……….………………………………………………………………………..…………….. 62

Jéssica Pina (Trumpet & Background Vocalis) ………………………………………………………………………………… 63

Ademiro ‘Miroca’ Paris (Percussion & Guitar) ……………………………………………………………………………….. 66

Carlos Mil-Homens (Percussion) ………………………………………………………………………………….……….. 70

Orquestra de Batukadeiras ……………………………………………………………………………….…………………. 72

Madonna’s Lisbon Tribe ………..……………………………………………………………….…………………………… 76

Dino D’Santiago ……………….…………………………………………………………………..……………………………. 76

Celeste Rodrigues ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 81

Branko ……………….………………………………………………………………….…………………………………………. 85

Blaya ……………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………….. 87

Kimi Djabaté ……………….…………………………………………………………………..………………………………… 89

Jon Luz ……………….…………………………………………………………………..………………………………………… 92

Mira Fragoso ………..…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 94

Mayra Andrade ……………..………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 95

Tuniko Goulart …………..………………………………………………………………….………………………………….. 96

João Ventura ……….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 98

Ive Greice ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………………. 100

Ana Moura …………………………………………………………………………………………………..…………………. 102

Vânia Duarte …………………………………………………………………………………….…………………………….. 104

Fábia Rebordão ……………………………………………………………………………….………………………………. 105

Nuno Xico ………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 106

Ricardo Gomes ……………….………………………………………………………………..……………………………… 107

Madame X Locations ……………….……………………………………………………………………………………….. 111

Lisbon ………………………………………….………………………………………………………………..……………….. 111

Fábrica de Braço de Prata ………….…………………………………………………………………..…………………. 111

Galeria Underdogs …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 112

Mesa de Frades ………………..……………………………………………………………………………………………… 113

Casa de Linhares ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 113

Tejo Bar …………………………………………………………………………………….……………………………………. 114

Beco do Maldonado …………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 115

Escadinhas de Santo Estévão …………………………………………………………………………..………………… 116

Cineteatro Capitólio …………………………………………………………………………………… …………………… 116

Coliseu dos Recreios ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 117

Bairro do Avillez ………………..…………………………………………………………………….………………………. 119

O Purista – Barbière …………….…………………………………………………………………….…………………….. 119

Restaurant Põe-te na Bicha …………………………………………………………………………..………………….. 120

B.Leza Clube ………………………..…………………………………………………………………….…………………… 120

Centro Cultural de Cabo Verde …………………………………………………………………………………..…….. 121

Palácio Ramalhete …………………..………………………………………………………………….………………….. 122

Hotel Pestana Palace ………..………………………………………………………………….…………………………. 123

Restaurante Solar dos Nunes ……….………………………………………………………………….……………….. 123

Estádio da Luz ……………………………………………………………………………………………….………………… 124

Panorâmico de Monsanto …………….…………………………………………………………………..……………… 125

Beyond Central Lisbon ……………..………………………………………………………………………………………. 126

Restaurant Wasabi Papi ………………….………………………………………………………………………………… 126

Restaurant Fortaleza do Guincho ……….……………………………………………………………………………… 127

Praia de São Julião …………………….…………………………………………………………………………………….. 127

Quinta Nova da Assunção ………………..……………………………………………………………….………………. 128

Mosteiro da Batalha ………………..………………………………………………………………………………………. 129

Santuário do Cabo Espichel …………………….……………………………………………………………….……….. 130

Comporta ……………………………..………………………………………………………………..………………………. 131

Pure Blood Lusitano …………………………..………………………………………………………………….…………. 132

Montado …………………………………………………………………………………..……………………………………. 133

PART 2: AN INTIMATE JOURNEY IN THE WORLD OF MADAME X ………………………………………………… 147

Team Madame X – The Album ……………………………………………………………………..…………………… 149

Madame X Fact File ……………….………………………………………………………………………………………… 155

My Madame X Experience …………………………………………………………………………..…………………… 189

New York …………………………….………………………………………………………………………………………… 189

Lisbon …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….…………….. 191

London ……………………………..………………………………………………………………………………………….. 202

Paris …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 209

Configuration of the book :

ISBN 978-989-8890-69-6

264 pages

Dimensions 135 x 210 x 15 mm

Binding : soft cover

Language : English / Portuguese

In the second book, Madame X Revisited Volume II, we share a unique eye-witness Madame X Tour report, explore the historical and cultural background to Madame X, and present an update on the touring artists. The second part will appear in autumn 2022 and was written by Jenny Crooks, Ilse Vastenavondt, Paul Buijs and Dirk Timmerman.

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The book is for sale via this website :

https://www.wook.pt/livro/madame-x-revisited-dirk-timmerman/27009877 (English version)

https://www.wook.pt/livro/madame-x-revisitada-dirk-timmerman/26673563 (Portuguese version)

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1 hour ago, wtg1987 said:

A 264 page about Madame x album ? 🥴🤔 definitely a hard pass for me thank you but I’m sure other fans love it so enjoy 😘

I don't think it's a book about the album, it's more of a tourist itinerary of Lisbon and locations that Madonna may have visited and the melting-pot of music styles from which the album was born.

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1 minute ago, Shoful said:

Why are people being so mean in this thread. This will be her most underrated album. I swear. 

Lol try being an MDNA stan then we'll talk. At least MX had live performances and tons of press :(

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53 minutes ago, Shoful said:

Well that’s actually a bad album that she contributed very very little to. It’s not underrated at all, it’s rated at the quality it should be :Madonna009:

Not at all, actually says alot more than MX thats for sure. I will give credit to MX though for being both too on the nose and being vague AF at the same. Hard to do!

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1 hour ago, Shoful said:

Why are people being so mean in this thread. This will be her most underrated album. I swear. 

its not being mean - this album didnt resonate with a lot of fans and no time will mean its classic madonna for a lot of us - just get over it ? 

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15 minutes ago, wtg1987 said:

its not being mean - this album didnt resonate with a lot of fans and no time will mean its classic madonna for a lot of us - just get over it ? 

Maybe you should stop entering every Madame X thread just to shit on it. Why would you comment on something you hate time and time again. Bizarre behavior

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I really have two Madonna albums that mainly I don´t connect with and are too long and without warm or soul for me: they are Erotica and Madame x. Of course not everything is bad about them but in the case of Madame x, it´s true it´s a never ending era, and not a very beutiful one. I desesperately need Madonna to move forward. 

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22 minutes ago, wtg1987 said:

its not being mean - this album didnt resonate with a lot of fans and no time will mean its classic madonna for a lot of us - just get over it ? 

I have to disagree with you, alot of fans seem to praise it because its "different" but i feel its very much how gaga fans praise her Joanne and Jazz era. I don't particularly dislike MX but the moment i saw that teaser and heard that tired old mirwais sound it was not gonna be anything special.

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the promotion was awful but that album is godsent, no matter if she never records anything again, she proved in the end that she is at her best when she just follows her gut. MX is really one of her best records, yes BIL and FG should not be heard ever again but the majority of the record is just fabulous. Rating Music this week for curtain's poll made me realize mirwais is really the quintessential M producer

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