Lady Gaga will talk about the importance of Bruce Springsteen, juggling her career and personal life and social causes in an hour-long documentary that will air May 26 on MTV, three days after the release of her third album “Born This Way.”
“Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,” produced by @radical.media, features an interview with Gaga that touches on events that shaped her early years, including a story about how her father’s love of Springsteen led to getting her first piano.
“Springsteen had such an influence on our home,” she says. “My father gave me, I believe it was for Christmas, a Bruce Springsteen songbook for the piano and on it was ‘Thunder Road,’ which is my favorite Bruce Springsteen song. My dad said, ‘If you learn how to play this song we will take out a loan for a grand piano, a baby grand.’ So I remember it was the hardest thing for me. I was playing these huge (classical) pieces, like 15 pages long, … and then there was this Bruce Springsteen song. I opened up the book and there was like chords, guitar chords. I was so confused. I didn’t understand it, so I just started to read it and eventually, eventually I got it down.”
Gaga also discusses the inspiration behind her first song, the impact of being bullied at school, her love of late night bike rides around Brooklyn and other subjects. The documentary will play internationally in mid-June and will be streamed on demand on MTV.com.
In one anecdote, Gaga broaches of the subject of bullying, talking about being thrown in a trash can by schoolmates and abandoned outside a pizzeria. “I remember I didn’t tell anybody. I remember I didn’t want to tell my parents because it was too embarrassing. And I remember I didn’t want to really bring it up with my girlfriends even though they were there.”
“Born This Way” will be released May 23. The last song in the iTunes countdown to the album, “Hair,” was released Monday, following “The Edge of Glory,” “Judas” and the title track, which was the 1,000th No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100.