Frank Sinatra

Overview

Frank Sinatra was only one of a handful of popular entertainers who dominated Western popular culture for six decades. From his early fame as 'the Voice' in the early 1940s, through to the high rolling, fast living 'Rat Pack' era, to the protracted Lear-like farewell tours of his twilight years, Sinatra was the epitome of cool. This compelling, consistently insightful book portrays Sinatra in his many contradictory hues of ambition, generosity, menace and vituperation. The book asks why Sinatra's public character...

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Overview

Frank Sinatra was only one of a handful of popular entertainers who dominated Western popular culture for six decades. From his early fame as 'the Voice' in the early 1940s, through to the high rolling, fast living 'Rat Pack' era, to the protracted Lear-like farewell tours of his twilight years, Sinatra was the epitome of cool. This compelling, consistently insightful book portrays Sinatra in his many contradictory hues of ambition, generosity, menace and vituperation. The book asks why Sinatra's public character which mixed insufferable hauteur with soapy populism and nobility with the lowest kind of vindictive violence proved so enduring with the Western public? What model of masculinity was Sinatra projecting? Why did his recordings, concert performances and film work persuade audiences that he was really talking to them alone? What does his career tell us about the relationship between celebrity and popular culture?

Sinatra may not have found his Boswell with this study, but our understanding of him will never be the same again. Rojek's is the first book to take Sinatra's cultural significance seriously. It is a landmark work in our understanding of celebrity and popular culture. The book will be of interest to students of Cultural, Media and Communication Studies, Sociology and, most of all, anyone who has bought a Sinatra recording or seen a Sinatra film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745630915
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Polity celebrities Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,372,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology and Culture in the Department of English, Media and Communications at Nottingham Trent University.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1. Frank's World.

2. Uomo Di Rispetto.

3. Antinomies of Achieved Celebrity.

4. The Rat Pack.

5. Envoi.

Notes.

References.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Skip this book

    Right from the start I knew this book was a dud. Mr. Rojek states he was not interested in writing this book, his publisher made him?? Anyone who has this mindset at the outset of any project dooms it right then and there. There are so many more worthy books to read on Ol Blue Eye's, this one simply regurgitates some common information that even the least Sinatra fan would know. Don't waste your hard earn dollar on this poor excuse for a book and next time Mr. Rojek show some enthusiasm for what you do or simply don't do it, shame on you! If you want to live with Frank during the peak of his creativity and power read George Jacobs ¿My life with Frank Sinatra¿. This man was Franks Valet from 1953 to 1968 and has stories only he could tell and it¿s not here say, he was there. It¿s a great very fast read which I find myself rereading from time to time.

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