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Frank Sinatra was only one of a handful of popular entertainers who dominated Western popular culture for six decades. From his early fame as 'the Voice' in the early 1940s, through to the high rolling, fast living 'Rat Pack' era, to the protracted Lear-like farewell tours of his twilight years, Sinatra was the epitome of cool. This compelling, consistently insightful book portrays Sinatra in his many contradictory hues of ambition, generosity, menace and vituperation. The book asks why Sinatra's public character which mixed insufferable hauteur with soapy populism and nobility with the lowest kind of vindictive violence proved so enduring with the Western public? What model of masculinity was Sinatra projecting? Why did his recordings, concert performances and film work persuade audiences that he was really talking to them alone? What does his career tell us about the relationship between celebrity and popular culture?

Sinatra may not have found his Boswell with this study, but our understanding of him will never be the same again. Rojek's is the first book to take Sinatra's cultural significance seriously. It is a landmark work in our understanding of celebrity and popular culture. The book will be of interest to students of Cultural, Media and Communication Studies, Sociology and, most of all, anyone who has bought a Sinatra recording or seen a Sinatra film.

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Portrays Sinatra in his many contradicotyr huses of ambition, generosity, menace and vitality. First book to take Sinatra's cultural significance seriously.

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Compelling and insightful, this book examines the many contradictory aspects of Sinatra's character and analyses what his career tells us about the relationship between celebrity and popular culture.

About the Author

Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology and Culture in the Department of English, Media and Communications at Nottingham Trent University.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

1. Frank's World.

2. Uomo Di Rispetto.

3. Antinomies of Achieved Celebrity.

4. The Rat Pack.

5. Envoi.

Notes.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745630915
Author:
ROJEK, CHRIS
Publisher:
Polity Press
Location:
N
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Subject:
Sociology of Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Polity celebrities series
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.06x6.44x.63 in. .70 lbs.

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