THE FRANK SINATRA READER is a delicious reading treat, filled with facts and observations by critics and people who followed his career from its beginning. The photos and extensive index allow the reader to search quickly.
That Frank Sinatra is an icon in both the music and movie worlds is without doubt. That Frank Sinatra made it happen by his dogged approach to handle everything with a personal touch contributed to it happening. Sinatra truly did it his way.
Leonard Mustazzas lively introduction "Sinatra's Enduring Appeal: Art and Heart" sets the stage for the information which follows. The book is divided into 4 sections concluding with a Conclusion Discography Filmography Selected Bibliography and index.
Every article is insightful. Section 1 commences with "Phenomenon 1939 - 1948" and contains many articles including Derek Jewell's "Frank Sinatra: A Celebration." Section 2 contains "Sinatra: An American Classic" and Steven Petkov's "Ol" Blue Eyes and the Golden Age of The American Song: The Capitol Years" among other articles. Section 3 contains the intriguing "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" by Gay Talese including among others Murray Kempton's "Sinatra: The Lion in Winter" Stephen Holden's "Frank Sinatra" Ray Kerrison's "Ol" Blues Eyes Still Has the Magic" Ralph Gleason's "Frank: Then and now" Jonathan Schwartz's "Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours" and Harry Connick Jr.'s "A Perfect Singer Ever Since He Began the Beguine."
Well-written this is a highly entertaining and insightful look at Frank Sinatra. Readers will come away knowing what it was that made Frank Sinatra one of the most important of all American singers. Excellent book.'What an unusual find! A collection of writings by various critics detailing what it is about singer Frank Sinatra that makes him such an enduring icon in jazz and popular music. If you want to know about Sinatra and his music, this is the one book to get. Includes photos and extensive reference index.