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Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Music, the Legend Hardcover – August 31, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 177 pages
  • Publisher: University of Rochester Press; First Edition edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580462510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580462518
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The breadth of topics, discussed with concision, makes this book surprisingly brisk reading for those wanting to revisit quickly a number of aspects of Sinatra's career. RONSLATE.COM, March 11, 2008BR> A long-awaited collection of essays gathered from a famed 1998 conference at Hofstra University . . . probes various aspects of Sinatra's influence in his long career. . . . David Finck and Samuel L. Chell dissect Sinatra's vocal artistry in two succinct and exceptionally precise pieces in this collection. ATLANTIC MONTHLY, June/July 2007 (Benjamin Schwarz) It is doubtful that there will be another book dedicated so heavily to the nuts and bolts of what went into being Frank Sinatra. SING OUT! March 2008 (Robert W. Rice) A kaleidoscopic view of a multi-faceted man, this compendium benefits greatly from its various viewpoints and offers fresh insight into the Sinatra legend. --Michael Feinstein From musical phrasing to comic strips, this compact but wide-ranging book marks a new stage in an emerging field that must now be called "Sinatra Studies." The variety of perspectives and topics has something to offer everyone who listens to, watches, and thinks about American popular culture. --Jeffrey Magee, Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

About the Author

Jeanne Fuchs is professor emerita of comparative literature and languages at Hofstra University; Ruth Prigozy is professor of English at Hofstra University. 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

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Erle on January 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am 79 and still remember Frank Sinatra singing at the Paramount, his pinkie ring caught in the spotlight. Most of the people upon whom Sinatra left a memorable impact will be in my older or the preceding generation. For us, the miniscule typscript makes reading what is probably a series of fascinating essays very difficult and uncomfortable, and of all the books in creation why did it happen to this one?
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This is an important and serious collection of essays written on one of America's major talents. It gives a well-rounded view of his career and his impact on music, film, and entertainment in general. All of the contributors are experts in their fields, and they glow in the reflected starlight of their principal topic: Frank Sinatra.
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