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Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Music, the Legend
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For sixty years Frank Sinatra displayed a resilience that few performers possess. A great survivor, he knew how to reinvent himself over many decades and stay on top of the charts in music, movies, concerts, recordings, and television. Part of his genius was his ability to refashion his image to suit the temper of the times. The present collection of essays analyzes and evaluates many of the qualities that ensured Sinatra's staying power. His impeccable musicality, his charisma, his tough-mindedness, and even his peccadilloes are examined. In periods that include Bing Crosby, Elvis, the Beats, the Beatles, Rock 'n Roll, and no small amount of satire, Sinatra's impact on all areas of entertainment remains the focus of this volume. What emerges is not just the portrait of the artist, but the importance of the man as an American legend and a symbol of American popular culture. The magnitude of Sinatra's impact cannot be exaggerated. His quest for fame and fortune, and all that it entails, embody the quintessential American success story. An appreciation of the Sinatra phenomenon is presented here. 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.
Illuminating essays on Frank Sinatra's staying power and impact on the world of entertainment.
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 both elusive 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 WildBR> 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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