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In just a two-year span, Stefani Germanotta, a struggling performer in New York's Lower East Side burlesque scene, has become the global demographic-smashing pop icon known as Lady Gaga. She is a once-in-a-decade artist, a gifted singer, composer, designer, and performance artist who mixes high and low culture, the avant-garde with the accessible, authenticity with artifice.

Who is Lady Gaga? She is a twenty-five-year-old woman whose stage mantra—"I'm a free bitch!"—is the polar...

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Overview

In just a two-year span, Stefani Germanotta, a struggling performer in New York's Lower East Side burlesque scene, has become the global demographic-smashing pop icon known as Lady Gaga. She is a once-in-a-decade artist, a gifted singer, composer, designer, and performance artist who mixes high and low culture, the avant-garde with the accessible, authenticity with artifice.

Who is Lady Gaga? She is a twenty-five-year-old woman whose stage mantra—"I'm a free bitch!"—is the polar opposite of who she is offstage: isolated, insecure, and unable to be alone. She is an outré artist who wanted to be a sensitive singer-songwriter. She is a woman who says no man can ever compete with her career, but who goes back and forth with the ex-boyfriend who said she was too ambitious. She claims not to care what people think, but spends her downtime online, reading what people have to say about her. She claims to be a con artist and utterly authentic. She is never less than compelling.

Based on more than fifty original interviews with friends, employees, rivals, and music industry veterans, Poker Face is the first in-depth biography of the extraordinary cultural phenomenon that is Lady Gaga.

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Editorial Reviews

USA Today
"Callahan tracks the artist's transformation from unremarkable to unforgettable, 'one sequin at a time.'"
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"Callahan tracks the artist's transformation from unremarkable to unforgettable, 'one sequin at a time.'"—USA Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401324094
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,436,758
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Callahan has worked as an editor and writer at the New York Post for seven years, covering everything from the subcultures of the Lower East Side to local and national politics. Before that, she worked as a writer for MTV, Sassy, New York magazine and Spin, where she won an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award for co-authoring "Don't Drink the Brown Water," a lengthy expose of what led to the Woodstock riots of 1999; that piece was also selected for inclusion in DaCapo's "Best Music Writing 2000." Last year, she was nominated for a Pulitzer by the New York Post for her work at the paper.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    dont waste your time and money

    currently reading it and I feel im learning more about the current events that surrounded Lady but not enough about her. Its like a research paper put together. I'm one to finish what I've started so hoping it develops soon.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Boring

    I have this book in hardcover and i was bored on the first page it doesnt sound interesting and not a lot of feeling put into it and any body call me a hater ir stupid face im going to curse you out up you cant manage me so dont even put an insult

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Lady gaga

    stinks but her music is soo good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Not a page turner!

    This book is definitely not a page turner. If you want to fall asleep fast then it is a must!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2010

    gotta cheak it out.

    i thought ths was an amazing story and i reconmend everybody to read this im sure everybody will love this and i hope this becomes the best book seller ever!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    Poker face lyrics

    Cant read my cant read my now we can breathe in my poker face( shes got me like nobody) Cant read my cant read my now we can breathe in my poker face (shes got me like nobody) PPPPPoker Face ma ma ma mwah PPPPPoker Face ma ma ma mwah. Bri316

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Reveiw #3

    Can u spell? There are so many typos in reveiw #3 that i can' t figure out what it says. BTW, this book rocks even though it has ba words. Lady gaga, think of better words, jeez!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Omgggggggggg

    I didnt know she was addicted to cocaine.wow.akward....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Gaga

    Haters just shut up no one likes u !!!!!! We r little monster and if u have a problewith that than gtell Gaga herself whcan sue u in a second

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    She is so HOT

    So smokin hot and sexy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Sandshrew

    25$

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Anoymus

    Bad words!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    LOVE THIS BOOK

    Well i didn't really knew about until i read this book and i really a true little monster

    #PAWSUP

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    The rise and rise of Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan is a biograph

    The rise and rise of Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan is a biography written for not only the believers of Lady Gaga, but the doubters. This biography points out the themes of fate, destiny and power from past to present day in theoretical history. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the girl today who only responds to Lady Gaga, learned music by choice through her ear when at the age of four when her mother hired a piano teacher at home for her. Gaga finished education also as a waitress, working musician, and dancer of the lower east side. She started showing off her talent as a singer in a band her and her friends made while still in school at New York University. She had an interest in acting but was recognized by a producer while singing in a local night club at the age of fourteen. With that she was recording and meeting with people two weeks after her gig at the club she was seen at. The author, Maureen, tells Gaga’s story through a prospective that shows she can always stay true to herself through the span of her success. What really stood out to me was how Maureen put in key facts about Gaga that explains why everyone thinks she is crazy through her outfits, actions, and types of music that seem shocking and obnoxious to viewers. In this biography it is powerful in a way that explains how Gaga does this because she really is so passionate about her music and theater. Along with the lines of theater, my favorite part of this biography is how Maureen tells readers how normal Lady Gaga is and how she grew up like most teens do. This was my favorite because it seemed so unrealistic how Lady Gaga could be towards us, but my mind was changed. Gaga had to let herself be heard if she wanted to succeed so she stuck to it and the biography recognizes the amount of effort Gaga did to be different through her struggles to succeed and how she deals with everyday problems like we do. I didn’t have any dislikes about this biography because Lady Gaga already catches your eye in a way that she is so different you want to know why she would do the things she does! I would recommend this biography on Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan to all because it sends the message of you are who you are and it’s okay to flaunt it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Joke

    Do you know how to wake lady gaga up? Poke her face. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa jk lol . <3 jb

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Lady Gaga

    L.G is a great person. But so weird!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    oolgd

    i have olgd obsessive lady gaga dissorder!! :) lol

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2011

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