Lady Gaga's Former DJ On How "Scenes" Cultivate Musical Icons

A conversation about Manhattan's Lower East Side.

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Brendan Jay Sullivan is the author of “Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side, and the Prime of our Lives”
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Lady Gaga's Former DJ On How "Scenes" Cultivate Musical Icons
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Lady Gaga's Former DJ On How "Scenes" Cultivate Musical Icons
Certain American places are, indisputably, scenes.
 
Greenwich Village: at least twice. For the Beats in the Fifties and again for the folk movement in the early 60s. Harlem in the 1920s. Haight-Ashbury, for the hippie scene of the late 1960s and maybe even the Ferlinghetti driven North Beach Beat scene too. Montmartre was probably the ultimate scene for about 100 years. Degas, Picasso, Dali, Sartre, deBeauvoir, Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes.
 
And what about the Lower East Side from about 1990 to 2010? Jonathan Larson exalted it as a new Bohemia in "Rent." But did it stay artistically vital or descend into a hipster Candyland?
 
We'll talk to one of its ultimate scenesters, Brendan Jay Sullivan, on today's show. Later on, an interview with Al Jardine and Brian Wilson from The Beach Boys.
 
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