Lady Gaga

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WHEN LADY GAGA WAS A LITTLE
GIRL, SHE WOULD SING ALONG ON
HER MINI PLASTIC TAPE RECORDER
TO MICHAEL JACKSON AND CYNDI
LAUPER HITS AND GET TWIRLED IN
THE AIR IN DADDY’S ARMS TO THE
SOUNDS OF THE ROLLING STONES
AND THE BEATLES. THE
PRECOCIOUS CHILD WOULD DANCE
AROUND THE TABLE AT FANCY
UPPER WEST SIDE RESTAURANTS
USING THE BREADSTICKS AS A
BATON. AND, SHE WOULD
INNOCENTLY GREET A NEW
BABYSITTER IN NOTHING BUT HER
BIRTHDAY SUIT.
IT’S NO WONDER THAT LITTLE GIRL
FROM A GOOD ITALIAN NEW YORK
FAMILY, TURNED INTO THE
EXHIBITIONIST, MULTI-TALENTED
SINGER-SONGWRITER WITH A FLAIR
FOR THEATRICS THAT SHE IS
TODAY: LADY GAGA.
“I WAS ALWAYS AN ENTERTAINER. I
WAS A HAM AS A LITTLE GIRL AND
I’M A HAM TODAY,” SAYS LADY
GAGA, 23, WHO MADE A NAME FOR
HERSELF ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE
CLUB SCENE WITH THE INFECTIOUS
DANCE-POP PARTY SONG
“BEAUTIFUL DIRTY RICH,” AND
WILD, THEATRICAL, AND OFTEN
TONGUE-IN-CHEEK “SHOCK ART”
PERFORMANCES WHERE GAGA –
WHO DESIGNS AND MAKES MANY
OF HER STAGE OUTFITS — WOULD
STRIP DOWN TO HER HAND-
CRAFTED HOT PANTS AND BIKINI
TOP, LIGHT CANS OF HAIRSPRAY
ON FIRE, AND STRIKE A POSE AS A
DISCO BALL LOWERED FROM THE
CEILING TO THE ORCHESTRAL
SOUNDS OF A CLOCKWORK
ORANGE.
“I ALWAYS LOVED ROCK AND POP
AND THEATER. WHEN I DISCOVERED
QUEEN AND DAVID BOWIE IS WHEN
IT REALLY CAME TOGETHER FOR ME
AND I REALIZED I COULD DO ALL
THREE,” SAYS GAGA, WHO NICKED
HER NAME FROM QUEEN’S SONG
“RADIO GAGA” AND WHO CITES
ROCK STAR GIRLFRIENDS, PEGGY
BUNDY, AND DONATELLA VERSACE
AS HER FASHION ICONS. “I LOOK
AT THOSE ARTISTS AS ICONS IN
ART. IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE
MUSIC. IT’S ABOUT THE
PERFORMANCE, THE ATTITUDE, THE
LOOK; IT’S EVERYTHING. AND, THAT
IS WHERE I LIVE AS AN ARTIST AND
THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO
ACCOMPLISH.”
THAT GOAL MIGHT SEEM LOFTY,
BUT CONSIDER THE ARTIST: GAGA
IS THE GIRL WHO AT AGE 4
LEARNED PIANO BY EAR. BY AGE
13, SHE HAD WRITTEN HER FIRST
PIANO BALLAD. AT 14, SHE PLAYED
OPEN MIKE NIGHTS AT CLUBS
SUCH AS NEW YORK’S THE BITTER
END BY NIGHT AND WAS TEASED
FOR HER QUIRKY, ECCENTRIC STYLE
BY HER CONVENT OF THE SACRED
HEART SCHOOL (THE MANHATTAN
PRIVATE SCHOOL NICKY AND PARIS
HILTON ATTENDED) CLASSMATES BY
DAY. AT AGE 17, SHE BECAME WAS
ONE OF 20 KIDS IN THE WORLD TO
GET EARLY ADMISSION TO TISCH
SCHOOL OF THE ARTS AT NYU.
SIGNED BY HER 20TH BIRTHDAY
AND WRITING SONGS FOR OTHER
ARTISTS (SUCH AS THE PUSSYCAT
DOLLS, AND HAS BEEN ASKED TO
WRITE FOR A SERIES OF
INTERSCOPE ARTISTS) BEFORE HER
DEBUT ALBUM WAS EVEN
RELEASED, LADY GAGA HAS EARNED
THE RIGHT TO REACH FOR THE SKY.

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