Frank Sinatra: An American Legend

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For the first time, Frank's friends talk, as they would, or could, only to his daughter, Nancy. With the help and full cooperation of friends, family and associates, Nancy Sinatra has compiled an incredible, in-depth look at the life of this fascinating performer. Enter the inner circle and discover the best and worst about him.
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Overview

For the first time, Frank's friends talk, as they would, or could, only to his daughter, Nancy. With the help and full cooperation of friends, family and associates, Nancy Sinatra has compiled an incredible, in-depth look at the life of this fascinating performer. Enter the inner circle and discover the best and worst about him.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Singer Nancy Sinatra calls her father ``a maverick who lives by rigid codes. A winner who feels connected to losers,'' and this unabashedly affectionate tribute is a moving portrait of an individualist both as man and as artist. Frank Sinatra's recording, performing, acting and personal activities unfold here month by month, year by year, in diary-like, dated entries decked out with some 400 color and b&w photographs, including many from the family's private archives. Interviews with or quotes from the 79-year-old himself, memorabilia, letters, insets and recollections by friends, lovers, co-stars (Sammy Davis Jr., Burt Lancaster, Mitch Miller, Sammy Cahn, ex-wives Mia Farrow and Ava Gardner, etc.) round out this album. Included is an illustrated, heavily annotated filmography of his 50-year screen career. Every serious Sinatra fan will want to own this volume, a visual knockout. 250,000 first printing; $250,000 ad/promo; first serial to Life magazine; author tour. (Oct.)
Library Journal
These three books are due for publication in time for Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday. Two are somewhat similar. Britt's and Nancy Sinatra's efforts are both colorfully and copiously illustrated coffee-table books. Their subtitles reveal the viewpoint of the writers: they come to praise. Britt (The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, Harmony: Crown, 1986) has organized this book by time periods and concludes each chapter with sections on recordings, movies, and performances. This leads to some unnecessary duplication. Additionally, there are some errors. Montgomery Clift did not receive an Oscar for From Here to Eternity and the Woodstock Festival occurred four years after, not before, Sinatra's Newport Jazz Festival appearance. Overall, the text seems to take a back seat to the illustrations. In her book, daughter Nancy is quite concerned with presenting the facts, making extensive use of eyewitness accounts and many interviews. This book is not a mere revision of her earlier Frank Sinatra, My Father (LJ 12/85), but a great deal is lifted directly from it. Comments and reflections from people who have worked with or been associated with Sinatra, such as Doris Day, Bing Crosby, and Richard Nixon, are liberally strewn. Nancy does a good job in refuting a lot of the charges that have been made about her father over the years. At the same time, she is very careful to quote almost exclusively from positive reviews. A most balanced picture of the man can be found in The Frank Sinatra Reader. Compiled by two professors of American studies, it contains essays and articles spanning the entirety of his career. The writers range from Stephen Holden and John Rockwell of the New York Times to fellow performers like Rosalind Russell and Harry Connick Jr. More material critical of Sinatra appears here than in the other two books put together, but it is still in the minority. The Reader is recommended for popular music collections and public libraries, Sinatra's and Britt's volumes as gifts for Sinatra fans.-Michael Colby, Univ. of California, Davis
Gordon Flagg
As part of the hoopla surrounding Frank Sinatra's upcoming eightieth birthday, daughter Nancy has assembled this scrapbook-style overview of her father's more than 50-year career. In chronological entries, it traces Sinatra's life from his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey, through what may well be his final concert given earlier this year. Unlike Will Friedwald's recent critical study of Frank's musical legacy, "Sinatra!" , Nancy's obviously partisan take gives equal treatment to Sinatra as movie star, sex symbol, and cultural icon, and it serves as an apologia for his Mob ties and loutish treatment of various reporters and women over the years. It pretty much rehashes all the standard elements of the Sinatra legend, affording surprisingly few new revelations and "relatively little insight. The treats for Frankophiles, however, are the accompanying 400 photos, many taken from the family collection, and plenty of quotations from Sinatra's friends, associates, and the man himself--which, since he has said he's not going to pen an autobiography, may be his last words on his career. Friedwald offers far more substance, but Nancy's loving volume is more appropriate for those interested in Sinatra the phenomenon rather than the artist.
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A birthday tribute from Sinatra's daughter, this book commemorates one of the most amazing lives of our century. Rich in insight and loving detail, and filled with hundreds of family archival photos, documents, and letters, this is the definitive portrait of a unique and beloved entertainer. The 20-track CD includes Sinatra's own reminiscences about his career and a fascinating selection of music. 9" x 11".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881649687
  • Publisher: General Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 11.19 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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