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.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a very good read. It talked about Sinatra and how he went through his life and how he became famous. It starts with him being born and works all the way up to his career in music and becoming the famous singer known as Ol’ Blue Eyes. It takes the reader through his days with James and Dorsey, his years in Columbia and in the capitol. It talks about him being in the Rat Pack, The Chairman of the Board, and even on stage with his MGM musicals. This book talks about the immense struggles of coming from a poor home, yet it has a theme of overcoming all obstacles especially when you are chasing a dream. Sinatra was a dreamer and the author definitely shows how he admired that about Frank. The book also talked about the effectiveness of hard work, and not just talent. Frank was a talented kid, but without his hard work and persistence he would have never become as famous as he is today. The author is really good about not only portraying the information that is needed to be a true biography, but also at showing the audience that there are underlying themes and messages for Sinatra’s life. I really liked this book because the author’s writing style was very captivating. I love Frank Sinatra as a singer and learning about him through the words of a good author was a wonderful reading experience. I also liked how the author not only used history about Frank Sinatra, but he also incorporated history of that era and it was history you wouldn’t necessarily find on Wikipedia. It was facts but presented in a more, “Did you know?” kind of way. I also loved that the author used other books as sources for his research and cited them correctly in the text. It made me feel better about citing things in my own papers and showed me a proper and professional way to do it. The thing I didn’t like about this book was that the author talked about Sinatra’s promiscuity. I personally have never heard of that side of Sinatra before, but I really just wanted to learn of the great accomplishments of the singer, not the dirty details. However, since I am already a Sinatra fan, I am probably a little too biased to have my opinion mean anything. Nevertheless my opinion on this book in general is valid in saying that I think others should read this book. It is a very captivating read especially for a biography. The author did a good job. If music is a passion the reader possesses then learning from this book and from Frank Sinatra’s life can be very inspiring. Along with this book, the other recommended works from my perspective would be, “Frank Sinatra: The Voice” or “The Way You Wear Your Hat” by Bill Zehme. I would also recommend other books by this same author: David Morrell. This book is a very good one and I would love to recommend it.