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Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives Paperback – August 27, 2013
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“Brendan Jay Sullivan is a writer’s writer. Yes, he’s that good.” (Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story)
“Through charm and wit and sheer force of will, Brendan Jay Sullivan has insinuated himself into New York night life, and through his talent with words, he has brought you along as his plus one.” (Joe Garden, writer for The Onion)
“Sullivan delivers a delectable romp through Stefani Germanotta’s early days - and offers a unique window into the process by which she became Lady Gaga.” (Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office)
“Richly detailed, funny and poignant. Who knew Lady Gaga’s lower-Manhattan dance-club scene of the late 2000s needed a ‘Bright Lights, Big City’?” (Steve Knopper, author of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age)
“Brendan Jay Sullivan is the voice of our generation.” (Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life)
“Brendan Jay Sullivan is the Lena Dunham of the Lower East Side - if Lena Dunham were a male aficionado of rock and roll music.” (Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium)
“Brendan Jay Sullivan is one of the most engaging, authentic, and all-around interesting people I know. What his story lacks in pretentious B.S. it makes up for in affability, comedy, and charm. ” (Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever)
“The nicest guy in nightlife.” (Time Out New York)
A touching memoir. (New York Post)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the story of not just Gaga, but Brendan and life in New York as well. With incredible writing that transports you right to Rivington street, you see what is was like in the early days from someone who was there. You see not only the professional but personal struggles of both Brendan and Gaga as they navigate relationships. You feel as though you are sitting in St. Jerome’s or Pianos as Stefani Germanotta begins her rise to fame; while at the same time, she is a young woman desperately seeking the love of a “Guy” (Luc Carl) who is possessive, jealous, and doesn’t love her anywhere near as much as she loves him.
Through it all, this book is about the friendship of two people, one who would become an international icon and the other, who wants nothing more that to see his friend succeed.
If you’re a casual Gaga fan, you’ll learn a lot about Stefani Germanotta, who you probably don’t know much about. If you’re a deeply devoted “monster” like me who is a living encyclopedia of all things Gaga,this book will definitely add a richer context. I promise, even you will never view her music the same way again!
But as a Gaga fan (I won't call myself a little monster), I was tempted. The positive reviews swayed my decision to buy.
I must say, the author is a good writer. Evocative, descriptive. The other reviews are accurate in their adoration for the author's style.
As a Gaga fan, it's fascinating how she swoops in and out and of out of the author's memories. This is not a book about Gaga; she just happens to be one of the cast of characters in the author's circle, which is immensely interesting. You get to see a side of her you haven't previously experienced. You get an angle of her character that is not evident in other biographies, or her early interviews, or any other source I've found on the internet. The author's dislike of Gaga's boyfriend, to whom he has assigned a pseudonym, is highly entertaining.
Even if you don't care about Gaga, this book is worth reading. It's sort of like (well written) beatnik memoir of a microcosm of semi-modern NYC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great look into the life of Stefani Germanotta on the Lower East Side. Sullivan is an intricate storyteller.Published 1 month ago by Matthew Harding
I loved this book. It was so well written and gave us a great behind the scenes look at the rise of Gaga without being trashy or gossipy.Published 4 months ago by yesterdaytoday
I have never read a book about a superstar, but I suspect the genre is abysmal and shallow, perhaps printed in a big font with many photos as filler, in haste. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. Northrup
Lots of memoirs are quite boring. This one was not at all boring. I binge-read it. For Gaga fans and non-Gaga fans, this is a very fun, interesting, intelligent and well-written... Read morePublished 13 months ago by G. Davis
Lame. Sullivan comes off as one of a pile of wanna-bes in a scene that has been long over. Although it has moments of interest the whiff of fan boy in the air makes it a cloying... Read morePublished 13 months ago by kelly
What a great story! I definitely have a new perspective on Gaga. Brendan Jay Sullivan is a very captivating writer. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sammii D
good condition, I wish I could take off the library sticker without damage, but hey man its in wonderful conditionPublished 17 months ago by Joseph Hernandez
I RAN AWAY TO THE EAST VILLAGE WHEN I WAS 16, (it was the 1970s) IT HELPED MAKE ME FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF,BEING WITH PEOPLE LIKE ME. I MOVED ON AT 30.STILL IN NYC. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J.FOX