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August 12, 2011

Musicians@Google Presents: Google Goes Gaga

"Who are you looking for? I'm right here."

Lady Gaga: Today's paradigm case of an artist underestimated because of her commercial success. "Telephone" stands next to anything Kurt Weill ever wrote.

Related thought: I was particularly pleased, though in no way surprised, by Gaga's comment on the success Rebecca Black. Black, driven from her school by jealous trolls, was 13 years old when her first entirely inoffensive pop single struck a chord with other young girls. Yet somehow a good half the adults of my (distant) acquaintance felt obligated to make a show of themselves, in print no less, expressing their aesthetic horror at a song that wasn't written for them in the first place. These were, to a man, non-contributing zeroes when it comes to the culture. Call it the Rebecca Black Acid Test.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 12, 2011 07:58 AM