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Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the Lower East Side, and the Prime of Our Lives
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Lady Gaga's old friend and former DJ Brendan Jay Sullivan paints a vivid picture of the downtown scene from which she emerged.

Brendan Jay Sullivan was an up-and-coming DJ in New York City when he met Stefani Germanotta, then a struggling artist, in 2006. She was a go-go dancer who sewed her own outfts but had bigger ambitions--she wanted nothing less than to take over the music world.

In this intimate portrait of the budding star who would soon catapult to fame and fortune, the author describes afternoons sitting with Gaga on the foor of her bare Lower East Side apartment, drinking wine from pint glasses and plotting out the pop stardom that awaited her.

Filled with stories of love and heartbreak among Gaga and Sullivan and their circle of aspiring musicians and performers, and set against the vibrant backdrop of the downtown bars and parties of the mid-aughts, Rivington Was Ours is both a love letter to New York and a glimpse behind the veil of one of the biggest musical icons of her generation.

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Filled with stories of love and heartbreak among Gaga and Sullivan and their circle of aspiring musicians and performers, and set against the vibrant backdrop of the downtown bars and parties of the mid-aughts, Rivington Was Ours is both a love letter to New York and a glimpse behind the veil of one...

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In this intimate portrait of the budding star who would soon catapult to fame and fortune, the author describes afternoons sitting with Gaga on the foor of her bare Lower East Side apartment, drinking wine from pint glasses and plotting out the pop stardom that awaited her.

Filled with stories of love and heartbreak among Gaga and Sullivan and their circle of aspiring musicians and performers, and set against the vibrant backdrop of the downtown bars and parties of the mid-aughts, Rivington Was Ours is both a love letter to New York and a glimpse behind the veil of one of the biggest musical icons of her generation.

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      • source: "Captain" Kirk Douglas, guitarist for The Roots
      • content: " Equal parts insightful, funny, romantic and poetic, this is a book that's not just about Gaga but about the magic of the city. Brendan's writing makes you feel like a fly on the wall while history is being made all around you."
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      • source: Andy Rourke, bass guitarist for The Smiths
      • content: "A fascinating and vivid insight into the cauldron that formed a great musician. It's a slice of New York history, go and buy it!"
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      • source: Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story
      • content: "Brendan Jay Sullivan is a writer's writer. Yes, he's that good."
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      • source: Joe Garden, writer for The Onion
      • content: "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."
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      • source: Zack O'Malley Greenburg, author of Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office
      • content: "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."
      • premium: False
      • source: Steve Knopper, author of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
      • content: "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'?"
      • premium: False
      • source: Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life
      • content: "Brendan Jay Sullivan is the voice of our generation."
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      • source: Lauren Oliver, author of Delirium
      • content: "Brendan Jay Sullivan is the Lena Dunham of the Lower East Side - if Lena Dunham were a male aficionado of rock and roll music."
      • premium: False
      • source: Justin Taylor, author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever
      • content: "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. "
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      • source: Time Out New York
      • content: "The nicest guy in nightlife."
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      • source: New York Post
      • content: A touching memoir.
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        June 15, 2013
        Lady Gaga's former DJ reveals the highs and lows of his musical career in the mid-2000s, also unveiling an intimate portrait of the pop singer's rise to fame. From Piano's to Welcome to the Johnsons to Motor City, New Yorkers will instantly recognize the Lower East Side bar scene in Sullivan's gossipy tell-all. However, it seems as if the author couldn't decide on whether this is a memoir about his bartending, dating and DJing experiences, or a name-dropping unauthorized biography of Stefani Germanotta as she evolved from backup go-go dancer to her stage persona, Lady Gaga. Sullivan's relationship with his friend-turned-boss wavers between respect and adoration ("Above all else she knew that she would tread a thin line between artistic greatness and cheesy pop. It all depended on the people around her"). While he does manage to create a visceral setting of the New York scene where Misshapes and Don Hill parties were all the rage, his use of character nicknames ("The Devil" as a drug dealer; "Angel" for a new girlfriend) seems both unnecessary and confusing. Sullivan's constant switching between past and present tense may seem like he is trying to convey a conversational tone within an inner monologue, but it reads as sloppy, distracting writing. The last two sections of the book (based in Miami and Los Angeles) are the most interesting: Sullivan goes behind the scenes at Gaga's Winter Music Conference appearance and the making of her "Just Dance" video. The author claims that he was well-aware that Gaga would ultimately replace him, but readers can't help but wonder if, beneath the idolatry, there isn't a little bit of resentment on his end. This love letter to the Lower East Side will make a great stocking stuffer for hard-core Lady Gaga fans and tourists who idolize the Big Apple. Note: not for the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.

        COPYRIGHT(2013) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        August 1, 2013
        The cast of characters in Sullivan's entertaining book are an eclectic bunch. Most are not famous. They include deejays, singers, bar stool poets, dancers, and guitarists. This is also the story of one too many beers and way too many drugs. All the action takes place on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where the city itself stopped making sense. The star of the story is Stefani Germanotta. Sullivan was an up-and-coming deejay in 2006 when he met Germanotta, who is known today as Lady Gaga. Then she was a go-go dancer with big dreams: Behind her dark bangs she had the delicacy and eye makeup of the tiniest eggs in a set of Russian dolls. Sullivan describes hanging out with the soon-to-be-famous singer in her bare-bones apartment, their circle of friends, and their neighborhood haunts along Rivington, a bar- and restaurant-studded street that Gaga has referenced in several of her songs. An intimate portrait of a specific timebefore stardom struckand a particular place. Fans of Gaga and the downtown New York music scene will find this fascinating.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2013, American Library Association.)

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