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Sinatra's Century : One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World
by David Lehman


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In celebration of his one hundredth birthday, an enchanting look back at the life and times of the greatest entertainer in American history, Frank Sinatra

Sinatra's Century is an irresistible collection of one hundred short reflections on the man, his music, and his larger-than-life story by a lifetime fan who also happens to be one of the most prominent voices in contemporary American poetry.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In celebration of his one hundredth birthday, an enchanting look back at the life and times of the greatest entertainer in American history, Frank Sinatra

Sinatra's Century is an irresistible collection of one hundred short reflections on the man, his music, and his larger-than-life story by a lifetime fan who also happens to be one of the most prominent voices in contemporary American poetry. David Lehman uses each of these short pieces to look back on a single facet of the entertainer's story from his childhood in Hoboken to his emergence as "The Voice" in the 1940s to the wild professional and romantic fluctuations that followed.

Lehman offers new insights and revisits familiar stories Sinatra's dramatic love affairs with some of the most beautiful stars in Hollywood, including Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, and Ava Gardner; his fall from grace in the late 1940s and resurrection during the "Capitol Years" of the 1950s; his bonds with the rest of the Rat Pack; and his long tenure as the Chairman of the Board, the indomitable elder statesman of popular music inspiring generations of artists, from Bobby Darin to Bono to Bob Dylan.

Filled with vibrant photos from all stages of his career, the book includes lists of favorite performances; engaging insights on what made Sinatra both the model of American machismo and the epitome of romance; and clear-eyed assessments of the foibles that impacted his life and work. Warm and enlightening, Sinatra's Century is a full-throated appreciation of Sinatra for the twenty-first-century fan."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061780066
  • ISBN-10: 0061780065
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 288


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-09-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this set of affectionate and vibrant fans notes, poet and critic Lehman (A Fine Romance) celebrates Ol Blue Eyess 100th birthday (December 12) with 100 impressionistic reflections on the singers successes and shortcomings. He includes mentions of Sinatras tempestuous marriage to Ava Gardner and his relationships with Mia Farrow, Lauren Bacall, and Marilyn Monroe, among others. Lehman colorfully points out that Sinatra remains a part of the American cultural scene, with his songs playing in commercials, as background music in restaurants, and in opening and closing credits of movies and television shows such as Wall Street and The Sopranos. He also as a signature brand of bourbon named after him. Sinatra stays in the public eye, Lehman observes, not only because of his work as a movie actor and a singer but also because of his nonconformity and his fondness for being a maverick. Sinatras vocal range and phrasing were so pure and powerful that he had teenage girls swooning from the moment he stepped on the stage. Lehman describes Sinatras friendly rivalry with Bing Crosby, his lifelong friendship with Dean Martin despite their widely disparate personalities (Martin liked to get up early, Sinatra partied late into the night), his perfectionism, and his famous clashes with gossip columnist Rona Barrett. In the end, Lehmans lively reflections wonderfully celebrate Sinatras enduring impact on his own life and on American culture. (Oct.)

 
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