Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music

Frank Sinatra: The Artist and His Music

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by David Morrell
     
 

David Morrell isn’t only an acclaimed thriller author and the creator of Rambo in his novel First Blood. He’s also a former professor of American Studies who writes in-depth profiles about film and music legends.

Frank Sinatra’s dramatic life sometimes upstaged his genius. Although he was the greatest interpretive singer of the recording… See more details below

Overview

David Morrell isn’t only an acclaimed thriller author and the creator of Rambo in his novel First Blood. He’s also a former professor of American Studies who writes in-depth profiles about film and music legends.

Frank Sinatra’s dramatic life sometimes upstaged his genius. Although he was the greatest interpretive singer of the recording era, some commentators emphasize his boozing, brawling, and womanizing rather than his brilliance as a performer, or else they take his brilliance for granted rather than attempt to explain it.

In FRANK SINATRA: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSIC, award-winning author David Morrell discusses the talent and determination that led Sinatra to progress from being a singing waiter to becoming the Chairman of the Board. Many Sinatra fans might be surprised to learn that this intensely autobiographical singer had a face that was permanently scarred from birth. They might also be surprised that, despite the legend that he was a “natural” singer, Sinatra took vocal lessons from a Metropolitan Opera singer. In his formative years, he invented a new way for singers to breathe and used this amazing technique to channel his self-described manic-depression into interpreting songs as they had never been done before.

These are only some of the topics that David Morrell analyzes in his rare approach to this powerful singer’s craft. Based on more than forty years of listening and reading, Morrell provides an in-depth analysis of Sinatra’s musical career. After you read it, you might never listen to Sinatra or any other singer the same way again.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016041285
Publisher:
MEI Books
Publication date:
01/24/2013
Series:
The David Morrell Cultural-Icon Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
175,538
File size:
0 MB

Meet the Author

Although David Morrell is best known for his award-winning novel First Blood, he is also a former professor of American literature. With an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State, he taught in the English department at the University of Iowa for sixteen years. As a teenager, wanting to become a composer and arranger, he devoted several years to studying musical theory, harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration. He played piano in dance bands and small clubs. Simultaneously, he became interested in writing novels and eventually abandoned what he had expected would be a career in music.
Morrell is the author of more than thirty books, including the classic espionage trilogy, The Brotherhood of the Rose (the basis for the only television miniseries to be broadcast after a Super Bowl), The Fraternity of the Stone, and The League of Night and Fog. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, he received the career-achievement Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization in 2009. With eighteen million copies in print, his work has been translated into twenty-six languages. He can be contacted at his website, www.davidmorrell.net.

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