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First published in 1997:
"Clarke certainly knows his stuff. He is able to put Sinatra in his musical context in a way that no mere biographer could. He knows the history of jazz, of radio, of recording technology -- and how these impinged on Sinatra's career."
--The Daily Telegraph, London
"Effectively conveys a sense of the time and place in which Sinatra was so important... helps readers not of that era understand why Sinatra meant so much to so many."
"The most objective view of Sinatra's extraordinary life... Clarke's astute and succinct appraisals of Sinatra's albums and live performances are the best thing about All Or Nothing At All."
--Detroit Free Press
"Clarke tells the story well... It is as much a cultural history of our time as it is the story of one artist's life."
--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"Clarke has an uncanny ability to describe Sinatra's singing style and chronicle his musical maturation. Usually, that type of material is rendered in a dry way. But not here."
"The book takes an honest, non-judgmental tone with the singer's life, but doesn't sugarcoat anything."
--Boston Sunday Herald
"How Sinatra got inside of us is the grail Clarke pursues. [He] shows Sinatra at the center of changes in the music business and as a representative of the postwar era. This thread alone is worth the price of the book..."
--Steve Schwartz at Classical.Net
Donald Clarke was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1940; worked in a car factory, attended the University of Wisconsin, lived in England for 25 years, then in Austin, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; and now resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His love of almost all kinds of music has been the most constant factor in his life. His other books have included The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (1989, 1998), Wishing On The Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday (1994), and The Rise And Fall Of Popular Music (1995). He has a website and a blog at www.donaldclarkemusicbox.com.