Poker Face

Poker Face

The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga

Book - 2010
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2010.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780786891382
Characteristics: 238 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Jan 19, 2012

Pokerface is a short and poorly written biography. The average reader will get through this in 2 days; big font, a lot of white space, huge margins, you get the idea. The author quotes a large of people whom inexplicably also wish to remain anonymous. Additionally she references several unpublished magazine articles. There is plenty of 'he said', 'she said' quotes. The most laughable part of the writing is the number of "description-y" words used; meaning the author will tack on a hyphen, letter Y to create apparently descriptive words (space-age-y, Elton-John-Y, etc). Don't bother with this junk, instead wait for the official biography.

Oct 26, 2010

do you like GAGA


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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Jan 20, 2012

Coarse Language: The author quotes people verbatim; there are about 20 objectionable words.

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