Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Music, the Legend

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Jeanne Thomas Fuchs, Jeanne Fuchs, Ruth Prigozy
University Rochester Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 165 pages
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A celebration of Sinatra's enduring impact on American entertainment and cultural life.

For nearly sixty years, Frank Sinatra [1915-98] triumphed in concert, in the recording studio, on television, and on the big screen, refashioning his image to suit the temper of the times. Sinatra did it his way, remaining bothelusive and alluring, and appealing to men and women alike.
This collection analyzes the qualities that ensured Sinatra's staying power: his impeccable musicality, his charisma, his tough-mindedness, and even his peccadilloes. The contributors to this volume evaluate Sinatra's impact on all areas of entertainment, and examine many of the cultural forces he influenced and was influenced by, including Bing Crosby, Elvis, the Beats, the Beatles, and Rock 'n' Roll.
What emerges is a portrait of an artist, entertainment icon, and legendary symbol of popular culture. This appreciation of the Sinatra phenomenon celebrates his enduring impact on American entertainment and cultural life.

Contributors: Blaine Allan, Samuel L. Chell, David Finck, Joseph Fioravanti Jeanne Fuchs, Philip Furia, Roger Gilbert, Ruth Prigozy, Walter Raubicheck, Lisa Jo Sagolla, Ron Simon, Arnold Jay Smith, James F. Smith, Patric M. Verrone, David Wild

Jeanne Fuchs is Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Languages at Hofstra University; Ruth Prigozy is Professor of English at Hofstra University.

 

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Contents

The Musical Skills of Frank Sinatra
9
Frank Sinatras Artistry and the Question of Phrasing
15
Delirium and Discontent
21
Three Understated Arrangers
31
Frank Sinatra
37
Sinatra and the Culture of the Fifties
55
Frank Sinatra Meets the Beats
63
Sinatra in Lyrical Drag
73
The Taming of Teen
95
Dancer
107
The Partnership of Music
117
Bogarts Influence
125
Fifty Years of Punch Lines
133
Selected Discography
147
List of Contributors
155
Copyright

A Search for Identity
83

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