The Voice

Book - 2010 | First edition
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Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century--infinitely charismatic, lionized and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice , Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur­bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra's journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity . Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra--as man, as musician, as tortured genius.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385518048
Branch Call Number: 781.57 S615ka
921 S615ka
Characteristics: 786 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 06, 2018

Very well detailed account of the Chairman of the Board’s life. One of the things I will never get to do is see him in concert circa 1957. The biography is well paced and easy to read, but not simplistic. It is written chronologicaly and similar in style to the famous “Frank Sinatra has a cold.” It isn’t a whitewash nor a hatchet job just pretty much a good, detailed account of someone who was a dominant force in the Entertainment industry for most of his adult life.

Jun 21, 2018

What a self-centred, insecure, impulsive, belligerent and mean person Sinatra was ! Still, he took a fairly ordinary voice and turned it and himself into an entertainment legend. The audiobook held my interest (on the car CD player), much more than I think the very hefty printed book would have.

Oct 11, 2012

I never understood what all the excitement was about regarding Sinatra's singing or personal life, although I admired his film career. I've even visited his Palm Springs home, Twin Palms, and still couldn't tell why he was a sensation. Now I get it, thanks to this awesome book! I've read lots of biographies for decades and this is one of the best I've ever picked up. The book is exhaustively researched and written in a way that envelopes the reader in another world. And the photos are memorable. Even though it was over 700 pages, I was sorry when I finished it and could no longer immerse myself in the rich details about Frank's life in New Jersey, New York, Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Palm Springs during the first half of the 20th century.

Jul 07, 2011

Great biopic about blue eyes.

Jun 25, 2011

In his notes, the author, James Kaplan mentions that he wrote this book after reading another Sinatra biography "in which, remarkably, the subject (and certainly the great artist) neither lived or breathed.

In Kaplan's book, Sinatra most certainly lives and breathes, an amazingly well researched account of this remarkable artist's life. Kaplan gets inside Frank's head and certainly drew this reader in with him.

My only complaint is that he ends the story in 1954. Hopefully further volumes will follow.

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

"A very complicated man. A musical tsunami who sang with such unprecedented beauty, taste and ease that he helped to create a genre called the Great American Songbook. In complete contrast to his musical beauty, Sinatra behaved like a thug, kept mobsters as friends and was a misogynist."
Review by Ross Porter
Globe & Mail Jan 1 2011

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