11 June 2008

Headline: Memoir coming from Madonna’s brother

S&S has had a mystery celeb memoir under wraps with a printing of 350,000. It was rumored to be Madonna’s, and now it has come to light that is indeed about Madonna but written by her brother.

The mystery is solved: Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, is writing a memoir about his sister, to be released in mid-July by an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the publisher told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The imprint, Simon Spotlight Entertainment, had been promoting a celebrity memoir for July, without identifying the author or contents. The book will have a first printing of 350,000. Financial details were not disclosed.

[…] Ciccone will work with Wendy Leigh, who has written biographies of Liza Minnelli and Grace Kelly and a highly critical book about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ciccone, 47, has worked often with his older sister, designing and directing her “Girlie Show” tour in 1993 and serving as artistic director of her 1991 documentary, “Madonna: Truth or Dare.” But according to Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, they are no longer close.

Madonna, who turns 50 this summer, is among the most popular recording artists in history, with such hits as “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl” and “Vogue.”

Rosenberg had no initial comment on the book, but told the AP that “Madonna has not cooperated with any biography about herself.”

So this has got to hurt, having a memoir focused on you by your brother without your consent. Yikes. And if you’ve followed Madonna’s career in the media you know she’s had an interesting one.