This electrifying biography explores Stefani Germanotta's rapid rise to global stardom in the guise of the outrageous Lady Gaga. Hers has been a triumph achieved with the help of wild image-making, infectious pop hits and a teasing strand of ambiguous sexuality that has turned her into a gay icon. At heart it's the story of a unique self-made phenomenon - a Madonna for today. As an adoring fan of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, Lady Gaga took the essence of 80s glam an reinvented it for the digital age. Commercially successful and critically accepted she shot from obscurity on Manhattan's club scene to worldwide fame in just a couple of years. This is the in-depth examination of her high-speed rise in the fame game, reported with a mix of admiration and sharp journalistic insight.
Paul Lester was Features Editor of Melody Maker before leaving to start music and movie magazine Uncut where he was deputy editori until 2006. Since 2007, he has interviewed nearly 100 musicians and actors for the Guardian, Guardian Unlimited Music, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times and sleevenotes on everyone from Elkie Brooks to The Sex Pistols. He has written nine rock and pop biographies and has co-authored the Virgin Encyclopedia of Rock.