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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401324096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401324094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Callahan tracks the artist's transformation from unremarkable to unforgettable, 'one sequin at a time.'"—USA Today --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About 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.

Customer Reviews

Very badly edited book: mash-up of random tabloid facts and figures, weakly sauced with author's personal vision.
Public Different
Anyhow, I picked up the book to learn, not just to hear what I wanted to hear about Lady Gaga, so I was prepared and interested in the negative stuff too.
GameMaker
The writer is very obvious in her attempt to make Lady Gaga look like she is copying other artists and that she is unoriginal.
Doc

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By GameMaker VINE VOICE on September 20, 2010
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I'm a big Gaga fan, I'll come right out and say that. So I've picked up two different books on her which I've been reading. Of the two, I've enjoyed reading this more, but I still have some issues with it.

It's pretty clear to me that "Pokerface" is well-researched. The author sites numerous resources throughout the book. Many times in the book, in fact, she cites how different resources give different accounts of certain events in Lady Gaga's life, and she calls out those discrepancies. The book is also very well put together. Unlike the other book I read, Callahan is good writer. In addition to stating a detailed chronology of Lady Gaga's young life, she is also very analytical about it. And that's where, as a fan, I start to take issue with the book.

The book is just filled with so much negativity and venom that it is tough to swallow. Lots of silly, pointless banter like going way out of her way to cite discrepancies between accounts given by acquaintances of Lady Gaga, and those of Lady Gaga herself for example. She also breaks down the various costumes that Lady Gaga has worn, and tries to find artists in the past who have worn similar garments, with the constant criticism that what Lady Gaga is doing is unoriginal. There is also a really silly section in the book, where she lists various groups and performers that Lady Gaga has said are major influences to her, and then found interviews where Lady Gaga was asked very detailed "trivia" type questions about those performers that she couldn't answer. The point apparently being that because she lacked an encyclopedic knowledge of those artists, that she was somehow a fraud for claiming that she was influenced by them. Grrr, that's going way too far imho.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jospitre on October 4, 2012
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Great book. Not sure how accurate it is but it definitely makes you question Gaga's intentions and authenticity. It talks about how many of the elements we've come to associate the Lady with (ie art, truly standing by the gay community, etc) are all just things that were fed to Gaga by her management to win fans. This book isn't authorized so I'm not sure how accurate it is but it still is an intriguing read. And the pictures are great too: early Gaga to the one we can't stop seeing now.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By miw on May 24, 2011
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For me, like many others, Lady Gaga seemed to come out of nowhere. This book helps to understand the phenomenon of Lady Gaga.

It is to our benefit that the author does not take Lady Gaga at face value and instead dissects the myth of Lady Gag. Although Lady Gaga has tried hard to portray it as such, there is no doubt that Lady Gaga did not simply come out of nowhere to be a big hit. The author catalogues Lady Gaga's extensive efforts to build her carreer. That the author is able to show how Lady Gaga's "overnight" stardom came about over time that should not be taken as the author criticizing Lady Gaga. On the contrary, the author shows that Lady Gaga is probably the hardest working entertainer in the music business. The author also portrays Lady Gaga as one of the more honest entertainers: despite her carefully crafted image (which makes my use of the term honest seem ironic), she does not seek fame only to complain of it. I disagree with other reviewers who suggest that the book was overly negative or filled with venom. I came away with an appreciation for Lady Gaga's work ethic.

The book is quote heavy. This has a couple of benefits It certainly establishes the author's source material and therefore increases the author's credibility. It also illustrates how the same events were seen differently by different people.

To her credit, the author covers the personal relationships that shaped both Stegani into Lady Gaga and her carrier, but for the most part declines to delve into sordid details. Let's face it, personal relationships would have shaped Lady Gaga and certainly gave rise to some of her music, and so cannot be completely ignored. Fortunately, this is not People magazine in book form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on March 8, 2013
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I enjoyed this book because aside from a tiny bit at the beginning and the end, it wasn't your typical poorly written, over-the-top fan fluff. The author tried to report as factually as possible (even though she's clearly a fan), presenting conflicting viewpoints of certain events when needed. I actually read this for a little background on Gaga before reviewing one of her shows on the ill-fated American leg of the Born This Way Ball- I like to be informed. This book definitely did the trick. I usually take most biographies with a grain of salt- which never bothers me a bit, because when it comes to celeb bios the truth is always somewhere in between. What's important in that case is a fairly well-written bio that gives you some facts/background, which this one did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Liu on May 28, 2012
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You could say that all pop music is inherently manufactured by definition in order to provide the broadest accessibility. So, it's no surprise nor is it an insult to say that Lady Gaga's "spontaneous" appearance on the world stage was carefully cultivated and built up by corporate forces. This book provides just the right mix of innuendo and facts for the reader to piece together a pretty good idea of what the business and persona of Lady Gaga is about. The disjointed chronology and unnamed quotes tends to be the weakest points in the book but there's plenty of info provided which is verifiable through a little internet sleuthing. This book isn't as defamatory or one sided as Gaga's cult-like "little monsters" (the pop world's version of Juggalos) make it out to be, it's a reasoned look inside the business and art of super stardom itself. The mainstream music industry has had a long reputation for being a venal place full of exploitative, sociopathic, and derivative personalities. It's interesting to see the birth of a superstar from the ground floor which with today's media access it's hard to hide the backroom string pulling, investments, and other ugly business mechanisms at play. The myth-making of the modern pop star was perfected by the likes of Michael Jackson and Madonna but they lived in an era where it was easy to wall themselves off with selective paper and tv media fiction. The "real" personality and nature of the super stars never fully filtered down with amateur media collected by friends and acquaintances over the course of their life like it is now.Read more ›
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Maureen Callahan has worked as an editor and writer at the New York Post, covering everything from the subcultures of the Lower East Side to local and national politics. She has also written for Spin, New York magazine, Vanity Fair, and got her start at Sassy, which was her bible as a teenage girl growing up on Long Island. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit ChampagneSupernovas.com.

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