The Frank Sinatra Reader

The Frank Sinatra Reader

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From the time he made hordes of hysterical fans swoon at the Paramount in 1942 up until the present day, Frank Sinatra has never been out of the public spotlight. With some 1,800 recordings, 60 film credits, two Oscars, numerous Grammys, and the undying loyalty of millions of fans around the world, Sinatra has become an American hero. Songs sung by the Italian-American phenomenon, such as 'New York, New York','My Way', 'Fly Me to the Moon', and 'That's Life' are now the undisputed classics of American popular music. In The Frank Sinatra Reader, Leonard Mustazza and Steven Petkov have brought together for the first time a selection of writings - drawn from books, magazines and newspapers - about the famous singer. Divided into four chronologically arranged parts, the book assesses Sinatra the teen phenomenon, the mature recording artist, the powerful and influential star, and the enduring legend. The articles are written by a veritable who's who of music critics, including pieces by Henry Pleasants, Arnold Shaw, Stephen Holden, Gene Lees, Gay Talese, Whitney Balliett, and William more

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  • Paperback | 317 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 28 halftones, bibliography
  • 0195113896
  • 9780195113891

About Steven Petkov

About the Editors: Leonard Mustazza is Director of Academic Affairs and Professor of English and American Studies. He is the author of Such Prompt Eloquence: Language as Agency and Character in Milton's Epics, Forever Pursuing Genesis: The Myth of Eden in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut, and Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut. Steven Petkov teaches Political Science and American Studies. Both are at Penn State University, more

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"Not just a capsulized and literate history of Frankie, Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the book also is a compendium of fascinating facts."--The Chicago Tribune"An exemplary collection of essays, articles, and book excerpts....Most of the best pieces written about Mr. Sinatra since 1944 are included in this wide-ranging anthology, some famous...and some familiar only to aficionados..., and all very much worth reading."--Terry Teachout, The New York Times Book Reviewshow more

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