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Charlie Rose with Sergei Lavrov; Gay Talese, Bill Zehme, Jonathan Schwartz & Steve Wynn (February 18, 1998)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Charlie Rose, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000MTOWTE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,699 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Russia's ambassador the United Nations, Sergei Lavrov, outlines his government's position on the negotiations between the secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and Saddam Hussein of Iraq. Then, writer Gay Talese, Bill Zehme of Esquire, New York radio personality Jonathan Schwartz, and Steve Wynn, president and CEO of Mirage Resorts and friend of Frank Sinatra, discuss musician Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular and influential singers in post-war America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra -izing November 27, 2007
This is a very rich and interesting discussion and to some degree analysis of the life and musical career of Frank Sinatra. Gay Talese wrote an Esquire portrait of Sinatra, and among other things notes what a source of pride he was to Italian- Americans. He was the first one who made it big into mainstream American culture. Talese however concentrates his remarks on the period he followed Sinatra around when Sinatra had a cold, was somewhat off in voice and could not be himself. Talese stresses how integral the perfection of that voice was to Sinatra's whole being.
Sinatra friend and Vegas Casino owner Steve Wynn cannot stop praising the individuality, the uniqueness, the walk to the sound of his own drummer quality of his friend Sinatra. He dismisses the idea that Sinatra was ever in the bag of the mob.
The most interesting contribution is made to the discussion by broadcaster Jonathan Schwartz. Schwartz knows Sinatra's music inside - out. He knows the technical details of Sinatra's singing. At one point he makes the remark that Sinatra was the only singer who could sing a semicolon. He when asked by Charlie Rose picks 'Wee Small Hours' as Sinatra's greatest album achievement. He says that two things came together at one point, the development of the LP record, and the arrival of Nelson Riddle as arranger to give Sinatra his great period as singer. Talese suggests that one thing Sinatra must be most valued for is persistence or endurance through fifty years of show- business vicissitudes. There is also some discussion of Sinatra's special relation to his audience.
All in all an insightful discussion of the musical art of Sinatra. And this when the controversial sides of his life and career are pretty much skipped over.
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