Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encylopedia

Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encylopedia

by Leonard Mustazza
     
 

This reference work details Frank Sinatra's extensive creative accomplishments and includes biographical information as it relates to his art. A valuable tool for researchers and fans, this book provides access to extensive data, collected from disparate sources, including the first published listing of Internet resources. The information is divided into three

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This reference work details Frank Sinatra's extensive creative accomplishments and includes biographical information as it relates to his art. A valuable tool for researchers and fans, this book provides access to extensive data, collected from disparate sources, including the first published listing of Internet resources. The information is divided into three parts, each arranged alphabetically, and covers his music, film, radio, and television appearances, and his concerts and humanitarian contributions. A thorough bibliography provides important information on locating additional resources.

The only American performer to span seven decades of recording (1930s-1990s), Sinatra is regarded as an American icon. The wealth of information in this reference attests to Sinatra's well-earned reputation as an American musical legend. This reference aptly includes information not only about his creative endeavors but about his humanitarian efforts as well. Because Sinatra is recognized and admired for his musical talent, a large portion of this reference is devoted to his songs and recordings. The alphabetical arrangements of song entries includes information on the songs, record labels, arrangers, and recording dates. Three appendices at the end of the volume provide additional information about the recordings. The encyclopedia concludes with the many awards and honors bestowed upon Sinatra.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Compiled by American studies professor Mustazza (a coeditor of The Frank Sinatra Reader, LJ 11/15/95), this thorough chronicle of Sinatra's multifaceted career will be a treasure trove for cultural studies researchers and a popular reference for fans. The well-organized work opens with more than 150 pages offering recording history for hundreds of songs--lyricists, arrangers, release dates, and circumstances of recording are included, though little analysis or critique appears. Shorter sections with detailed factual information on his albums, films, and radio and television work follow; there is even an annotated list of two-dozen Sinatra-related web sites. Though not annotated, the 20-page "selected bibliography" is especially useful. Sinatra's recent death spawned numerous quickie tribute books, but this comprehensive reference is, like the Chairman of the Board himself, of enduring value. Recommended for popular music collections in academic and large public libraries.--Eric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Booknews
A reference work on the singing, acting, and humanitarian efforts of Sinatra (1915-1998)<-->with a minimum of biographical information. Contains a chronological listing of every recording session, song, film, television or radio show that the entertainer produced. Also contains information about major concerts, benefit performances and tours, awards, and honors. Appends information about the V-discs that Sinatra produced from 1943 to 1947 and a list of his CDs. Includes a few b&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313304866
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.43(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.36(d)

Meet the Author

LEONARD MUSTAZZA is Associate Dean and Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University, Abington College. /e He is the author of many scholarly articles and five books on popular culture and literature, including the critically acclaimed 1995 edition of The Frank Sinatra Reader.

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