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Lady Gaga: Pop's Glam Queen
     

Lady Gaga: Pop's Glam Queen

by Matt Doeden
 

As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, noted, Lady Gaga is an "Overnight sensation who went from a Yonkers [New York] lounge act to, well, a fame monster."

The meteoric rise of Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, to the top of the pop charts surprised some. But Gaga spent years working, waiting, and honing her craft in the underground New York

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As USA TODAY, the Nation's No. 1 Newspaper, noted, Lady Gaga is an "Overnight sensation who went from a Yonkers [New York] lounge act to, well, a fame monster."

The meteoric rise of Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, to the top of the pop charts surprised some. But Gaga spent years working, waiting, and honing her craft in the underground New York music scene, until her singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" launched her to international fame in 2008. She has developed such a large and loyal fan base that in 2011, Forbes magazine ranked her as No. 1 on their annual Celebrity 100 list of top moneymakers.

An outspoken and avid supporter of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) rights, Gaga values inclusiveness: "To me there is nothing more powerful than one song that you can put on in a room anywhere in the world and somebody gets up and dances." From her sudden rise to the top to her musical integrity and social activism, Lady Gaga has the world under her control. And her orders? Just dance!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jamie Hansen
The Lifeline Biographies series, produced with access to USA Today's archives, includes twenty titles covering individuals as diverse as Barak Obama and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. Sparkling graphics, stylish layout, and engaging writing will attract young readers, especially those needing one-hundred-plus-page biographies for assignments. The life stories of two talented and influential women, Queen Latifah and Lady Gaga, are two new titles in this fine series. The journey of Dana Owens, aka Queen Latifah, from teen-aged solo rapper to actress and spokesperson for women of color was achieved through a combination of talent, business acumen, and sheer determination. In only two years, Stefani Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, rose from obscure club singer to cultural icon, achieving phenomenal success in the difficult and stressful pop music industry. Her biographer reveals the talented musician and dedicated social activist behind the bizarre costumes and makeup. These brief biographies of two super-stars stress the strong work ethic, musical talent, and social activism of both women, while not ignoring some of the less positive aspects of their career, including legal problems, personal tragedies, and drug and alcohol abuse. In both volumes, attention-grabbing side notes called "In Focus" and articles from USA Today offer readers fascinating insights into musical, historical and cultural influences that have molded the lives and careers of these performers. These two admirable biographies belong in any collection serving young readers. (USA Today: Lifeline Biographies) Reviewer: Jamie Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761381532
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
USA TODAY Lifeline Biographies Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden was born in southern Minnesota and lived parts of his childhood in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Madison, Minnesota. He studied journalism at Mankato State University, where he worked at the college newspaper for three years. In his senior year, he served as the paper's Sports Editor, which put him in charge of the entire sports section, the sports writers, and the photographers. He covered mostly college sports, but also the Minnesota Vikings, who held training camp at MSU. His work allowed him to meet and interview people like Dennis Green, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and more. Matt went on to work as a sports writer for the Mankato paper, and then he got a job as an editor with a small children's publisher called Capstone Press, and in 2003 he decided to start his own business as a freelance writer and editor. Since then Matt has written and edited hundreds of books. Lots of them are on high-interest topics like cars, sports, and airplanes. He also writes and edits on geography, science, and even math.

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