01/17 Thursday

Lady Gaga The Born This Way Ball

Glamorously gaudy, a self-made post-modern diva stitched together from elements of Madonna, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga was the first true millennial superstar. Mastering the constant connection of the internet era, Gaga generated countless mini sensations through her style, her videos, and her music, cultivating a devoted audience she dubbed "Little Monsters."

However, it wasn't just a cult that turned her 2008 manifesto, "The Fame," into a self-fulfilling prophecy: Gaga crossed over into the mainstream, ushering out one pop epoch and kick-starting a new one, quickly making such turn-of-the-century stars as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears seem old-fashioned. This was quite a trick for any artist to pull off, but especially impressive for an artist who specialized in repurposing the past--particularly the '80s--for present use, creating sustainable pop for a digital world.

Santa Clara County Library
HP Pavilion
525 W Santa Clara Street
San Jose 95113
800-745-3000
$49.50-$175

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