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Lady Gaga: Behind the Fame Paperback – March 9, 2010
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"If you're a super fan you have already had an exciting week with the release of the next great American classic "Lady Gaga: Behind The Fame" by Emily Herbert. Yes, after only a few short years of public awareness and on the cusp of her 24th birthday, Lady Gaga born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta already has a tell all biography." - HomoNeurotic.com
"I get dozens of galleys and review copies of new books every day as part of my job, but one stood out today...lots of the photos are fun, although a few are a little scary." - "St. Petersburg Times" Arts Blog, "Critics Circle"
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That's not to say it wasn't entertaining or well-researched, because it obviously was, but I felt like the author never fully broke through the wall that separates the reader from the subject matter. Lady Gaga's (aka Stefani Germanotta) privileged upbringing is glossed over in a matter of pages, and for as much as she mentions heartbreak and the love-vs-fame theme, no further details are given about her personal/love life. I guess I was just most interested in seeing the transformation from Catholic school girl to pop exhibitionist, but that connection was never clearly made. It's almost as if this girl fell right out of the womb as the Lady Gaga persona we know today. Then again, I get the feeling that's how she wants to be perceived. It's just too bad the author couldn't add a new spin on it to make her somewhat relatable. Humanized may be a better word.Read more ›
Even though I am over 50 years old, I am a huge fan, have attended one Monster Ball concert, and have tickets for an upcoming concert.
90% of the material in this book could have been, and probably was, compiled from watching YouTube videos of Gaga's interviews. The author spoke, as far as I could tell, to only a couple of people who know Gaga. I already knew 90%+ of the information contained in this book, simply by watching the same YouTube videos, for free. And not only was almost no research done on this book, it is not well written. The author is clearly a fan, which is fine, but nothing the least bit negative or even odd about our Mother Monster come out in this volume. I learned almost nothing about Gaga from this book.
In short, buying this book is a waste of money, and reading it is a waste of time.
By comparison, Poker Face, the Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga by Maureen Callahan is a masterpiece. It is well researched and well written. It contains a lot of information from people who know Gaga, people from her school and college, her early bands, people who know her habits, her incredible work schedule and ethic, her skill at marketing herself, and her quirks and habits.
Gaga's subsequent rise to fame is an uplifting and tumultuous story that is nothing short of inspiring. The biographer offers an intimate view of Lady Gaga's enticingly mysterious character and the creative mind that crafts the outlandishly fashionable performances that define her stardom today. She is truly a fresh face in the entertainment industry and this book does a fantastic job of squeezing her grandiose character into the pages of a paperback.
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This was a gift for a friend. The first book I recieved was not knew. The seller was really REALLY great to work with and sent a new one instantly. Thank you! Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Cathy Wiinikainen
for some reason this book seemed OLD, but it really isnt. I dont know why the pages were starting to become yellow. OddPublished on March 6, 2013 by Efrain Cantu
The book is very well written and has photo pages inside!, this book covers lady gaga's life and rise to fame all the way untill the fame monster album. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by kyle
i am trying to get my granddaughter to read more and i beleuve if you read something you like it will give you alot of reading time,she like real life stories so we will see she is... Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by debby holguin
i really liked the book it was really good
keep on the gd work
th nx for the book xoxo :)
I have enjoyed this book about LADY GAGA... It chronicles her life from a child to last year... Her life story up to thie point is quite interesting( to me anyway). Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by Suzanne E Dunn
This book is not as good as Poker Face. It doesn't give you any new information. It doesn't seem like the author did very much research about Gaga because everything I read in the... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Chrispy