This guide explores a brief political, social and cultural introduction to the 1980s and raises the question, why was Madonnas Material Girl an icon for the 1980s? A technology time-line includes analysis of how new developments in digital technologies influenced the conception and production of Madonna recordings.
There is a summary of the common factors that create Madonnas sound, as well as a discussion of her legacy and influence. Also included is a technology timeline and a useful list of technical and musical vocabulary.
The author also examines the structures, harmonies, rhythms, productions and arrangements of the Immaculate Collection.