Madonna early years

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Late 1970s/early 80s Madonna: The smells of NYC, raped on a rooftop, and inspired by Frida Kahlo

“The tall buildings and the massive scale of New York took my breath away. I felt alive. But I was also freaked out by the smell of piss and vomit everywhere, especially in the entryway of my third-floor walk-up.”

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Debbie Harry 1970s

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Early 1970s Debbie Harry: Playboy bunnies, serial killers, and being spit upon

A girl’s worst nightmare? “It was the early Seventies, maybe ’72. I was trying to get across town to a party. It was two or three o’clock in the morning and I was staggering around on huge platform shoes….”

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Early 1970s Debbie Harry: Playboy bunnies, serial killers, and being spit upon

A girl’s worst nightmare? “It was the early Seventies, maybe ’72. I was trying to get across town to a party. It was two or three o’clock in the morning and I was staggering around on huge platform shoes….”

‘This car kept circling around and some guy was offering me a ride. I kept refusing, but finally I took the ride because I couldn’t get a cab.”

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