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Peter Bogdanovich Reviews Frank: The Voice
Peter Bogdanovich is an acclaimed director, producer, writer, actor, film critic, and author. He has directed over 25 feature films, including international award winners The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon. Read his review of Frank: The Voice:
There has never been a book of this kind or quality about Frank Sinatra. Like the formidable novelist he is, James Kaplan has somehow managed to get inside the man and the legend, to such a degree that you feel you are living Sinatra’s life with him, almost day by day. Yet it is the fastest read.
From his violent, deforming, traumatic birth, through his Hoboken childhood with a super-dominating mother and a weak father, through the heady, unprecedented bobby-sox years, his young marriage to the virtually saint-like Nancy, their three kids, his numerous--almost serial--infidelities, through the tumultuous affair with Ava Gardner--detailed as never before--through the much-frowned-on divorce, the suicide attempts, rivetingly onward through the near total collapse of his career, and right up through the miraculous comeback with the Oscar for From Here to Eternity,this book tells it all with the freshness of the first time, in the most engrossing and evocative prose. There is compassion and candor, and a profound sense of real lives being lived.
Sinatra the musician has never been taken as seriously or chronicled with such sensitivity and depth; it has never been as clear how very much the singer had to do with all aspects of his recordings and performances. This is a warts-and-all work, with a staggering amount of research to back everything up, revealing Nancy Sr. in all her grace, and Frank in all his moods, but it is never salacious or malicious, only honest, forthright and civilized. Nobody can be prepared for the life of a phenomenon--which Sinatra was--the first show business phenomenon of the 20th century, long before Elvis or the Beatles, and far more complicated and multi-layered. Being very human, Frank did the best he could with it all, and James Kaplan has done a magnificently resonant chronicle of the first half of an incredible journey. It leaves you hungering for the second volume!
Starred Review. In this riveting and fast-paced biography, Kaplan, coauthor with Jerry Lewis of Dean and Me, chronicles Sinatra's somewhat unlikely meteoric ascent to success, his failures, and his rebirth as a star of song and screen. With exhaustive, and sometimes exhausting, detail, Kaplan engagingly re-creates the young Sinatra's childhood in Hoboken, N.J., where young Frank was born, in 1915. By the time he was 12, Sinatra was singing for quarters on top of the piano in the bar in his father's tavern. At 21, Frankie joined a group that became known as the Hoboken Four, and everyone soon recognized Sinatra's great vocal gift. Kaplan expertly conducts us on a journey through Sinatra's early years with Tommy Dorsey and his long solo career; Sinatra's first marriage to Nancy Barbato and his more famous marriage to Ava Gardner; and through Sinatra's movie career and his rebirth in the early 1950s. Although Sinatra's career often faltered in the late 1940s, his partnership with Nelson Riddle and the release of the song "Young at Heart" in 1953 began Sinatra's comeback. Kaplan's enthralling tale of an American icon serves as an introduction of "old blue eyes" to a new generation of listeners while winning the hearts of Sinatra's diehard fans. (Nov.) (c)
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As a New Jersey native, Frank Sinatra holds almost saintlike status. This book delves into Sinatra's roots and chronicles his early years, his rise to fame, his personal and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pat O'Sullivan
Full disclosure: I love Frank Sinatra. I forgive him everything. The temper tantrums. His mafia associations. His poor parenting decisions. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Karen H. Goodwin
I won't go into a page by page review, this was a very thorough and well written book about Frank's life between his Hoboken days and up to where he and Ava Gardener finally... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Beth Anderson aka Hotclue
Great book. Really covers all the aspects of the great singers life.Published 17 days ago by John J. Warren
My only regret is that this book ended too soon. I wish it had covered his entire life and not just up to his academy award.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I sure cost him, a lot of unhappy memories. There's no denying he had a great voice, but if only he treated hi v s family as carefully as his voice.Published 25 days ago by LWB
A biography of Frank Sinatra from the beginning to 1954, and STILL 800 pages! (Well that includes the bibliography and index. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sue J
I bought this book as a gift. He loved it! After reading a little I wanted a copy for me. Great book! Extremely interesting.Published 1 month ago by Alexx37