The Way you Wear Your hat: And the Lost Art of Livin'

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Leader. Voice. Swinger. Fighter. Drinker. Actor. Prankster. Gentleman. Father. Lover. Friend. The most important entertainer of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra did nothing small. He was all about more, all about move. Wherever he went became his personal playground. Those who followed learned much. He rounded up the most colorful pallies alive -- his fabled Rat Pack of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop -- and made history. Sinatra was always the last to go to sleep and the first to raise...
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Leader. Voice. Swinger. Fighter. Drinker. Actor. Prankster. Gentleman. Father. Lover. Friend. The most important entertainer of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra did nothing small. He was all about more, all about move. Wherever he went became his personal playground. Those who followed learned much. He rounded up the most colorful pallies alive -- his fabled Rat Pack of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop -- and made history. Sinatra was always the last to go to sleep and the first to raise hell. A nucleus among men -- his men especially -- he lent out the hubris, covered every ass, cleared the forest, rigged the tempo, made the rules. "You've got to be livin', baby," he would say, "because dyin' is a pain in the ass."

Masterfully assembled within this book are the most personal details and gorgeous minutiae of how the role of Frank Sinatra was played in everyday life, illustrated with scores of classic photographs, some of them never before published. The Way You Wear Your Hat was crafted from rare interviews with many intimates, including Tony Bennett, Don Rickles, Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Robert Wagner and Joey Bishop, as well as daughters Nancy and Tina Sinatra. Matters of the heart and heartbreak, coolness and swank, friendship and leadership, drinking and cavorting, brawling and wooing, tuxedos and snap-brims, talking the lingo and ring-a-ding-dinging -- here is a stunning exploration of the Sinatra mystique.

He ruled the world on his own terms, inspiring other mortals to ponder their own lives and wonder, What would Frank do? The answers are here at last. Capturing the timeless romance and classic style of the '50s and '60s, when Sinatra was at the peak of his heroic powers, The Way You Wear Your Hat is a fresh, insightful look at the man and the way he swaggered.

Written with Frank Sinatra's cooperation, this biography of the singer is replete with stories and photos.

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"I think my real ambition is to pass on to others what I know," Frank Sinatra once said. "It took me a long, long time to learn what I now know, and I don't want to die with them." Author and Esquire senior writer Bill Zehme has compiled in this book exactly that. Based on a series of surprising exchanges with Frank Sinatra that appeared in a 1996 Esquire feature, "And Then There Was One," this book presents the unique and undeniable Sinatra mystique in Sinatra's own words, supported by remembrances and quotes from intimates, friends, as well as Zehme's own assessment of what Sinatra personified and scores of classic black and white Sinatra photographs, some never before published. Assembled are the most personal details and minutiae of how the role of Frank Sinatra was played out in everyday life in matters of the heart and heartbreak, coolness and swank, friendship and leadership, drinking and cavorting, tuxedos and snap-brims. Some of the questions: Alone, where does one go in the dark night of the soul? What makes a perfect after-hours joint? How stiff should a stiff drink be? What color should no real man wear? What is the most important thing to look for in a woman? What is the most important a father can tell his children? Capturing the timeless romance, glamour, and classic style of the fifties and sixties, when Sinatra was at the peak of his powers, this book is sure to click with Sinatra fans
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A biography of Frank Sinatra, written with Sinatra's cooperation and published in time for his 82nd birthday on December 12.
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Narrator Brian Emerson reads this celebrity profile in a well-phrased pleasant voice, with limited emotion. This is not a formal biography of superstar powerbroker Frank Sinatra, who died in May at the age of 82. We learn his likes, dislikes, and behavior as singer, actor, and head of Hollywood's "Rat Pack." Missing are things like rumors of Mafia connections or reprisals against enemies like ex-son-in-law Tommy Sands. Friends, relatives, and Sinatra himself provided info. This man of talent was fascinating, if flawed. He craved to be the best and own the best, was generous to friends and relatives, and hated journalists who wrote unsympathetically about his public brawls and affairs with women. Although far from complete, this study provides a good deal. Recommended for popular biography collections.--Gordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786214372
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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