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Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin

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ISBN13: 9780878332311
ISBN10: 0878332316
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Synopsis:

Usually depicted only as a hard-playing, hard-boozing Rat Packer with a dark side, Dean Martin had a much more complex character than the popular portrait suggests. A singer, actor, and comedian, he was more than anything an entertainer of the variety that no longer exists. Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin goes beyond the simple caricature of the boozy lounge singer with a penchant for racy humor to reveal the substantive man behind that mirthful mask.

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Includes discography and filmography. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Gold Gato, December 20, 2011 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
He was the coolest of the Cool...the Deanster. Even my Generation X remember the dude who sauntered his way through a song and life itself. This book is the first biography written about Dean Martin after his death, and the author uses firm sources (listed fully in the notes section) for the recollections.

The King of Cool's life unfolds chronologically, so it's easy for the reader to follow along. We learn about his first wife and first set of children, his days in debt, literally, to just about everyone, and then the Jerry Lewis years, his second family, and the Rat Pack time. There's nothing too astonishing here, which is rather nice given the usual outrageousness most celebrity bios highlight. Sometimes the author tries to create his own thoughts for Dino, without real verification. Still, Schoell doesn't go overboard and seems to respect his subject.

Dean Martin was a simple guy who loved wine, women, golf, and song. The essence of what makes a man cool, I suppose. Perhaps if you read DINO, Nick Tosches' extreme take on Martin, followed by this book and then the books by Dean's kids, you might find the truth somewhere in between. I enjoyed the life of a real entertainer and it even made me go out and purchase some downloads of Mr. Cool's songs. Them was the days.

Book Season = Summer (good book for beach time reading)
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780878332311
Subtitle:
The Life of Dean Martin
Author:
Schoell, William
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Location:
Dallas, Tex. :
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Entertainers
Subject:
Martin, dean, 1917-1995
Edition Description:
Discography: p., Filmography: p.
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.36x6.38x1.19 in. 1.50 lbs.

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Arts and Entertainment » Music » General Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Popular Performers

Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin
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Product details 320 pages Taylor Publishing Co. (TX) - English 9780878332311 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Usually depicted only as a hard-playing, hard-boozing Rat Packer with a dark side, Dean Martin had a much more complex character than the popular portrait suggests. A singer, actor, and comedian, he was more than anything an entertainer of the variety that no longer exists. Martini Man: The Life of Dean Martin goes beyond the simple caricature of the boozy lounge singer with a penchant for racy humor to reveal the substantive man behind that mirthful mask.
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