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"The definitive history of the man, the music and the myth." Publishing News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Havers has written more than 2,000 jingles for radio and television and has produced concerts for artists such as Paul McCartney, the Beach Boys, Chicago, and America. He also collaborated on two books with Bill Wyman - Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey and Rolling with the Stones.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; 1St Edition edition (September 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078949650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789496508
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.1 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
To me, as someone who lived thru this era and read many books on Sinatra,

none has captured the essence of the man and the times he lived in as

Richard Havers has done. All aspects of Sinatra's life are discussed; the music,

the movies, the concerts and shows, his friends and his loves, good and bad,

in a fair, unbiased, nonjudgmental manner

This is a big book that contains a lot of information and pictures that you

will not find anywhere else. It can be read by casually leafing through the

pages and enjoying the sidebars and photos, or it can be read carefully from

beginning to end to reveal the real Sinatra. If you take the latter approach

you will not only better understand what made Sinatra tick, you will also

better understand the times he lived in.
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Sinatra's life, in context of the 20th Century. A cornucopia of visual, literal and musical data to strum the strings of your heart. A wondrous trip down memory lane, side by side with our dynamite leader, Ole Blue Eyes himself. I am 70 years old and I feel I get to relive my life as I read this terrific book. Where did they get all the ticket stubs and programs; stuff I have never seen before? If you lived in the 20th Century and you loved it, you must have this book. You'll never finish reading it. There's that much to see. I am writing this review before I'm even halfway through and I've already cried and laughed and been astonished by the memories it evokes. And the dust jacket, in silver, black and white, with the sparkling blue eyes, makes you feel like a screaming bobby soxer all over again. Oh yes, I remember it well.
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I have many books about Sinatra and this is one of the best. Richard Havers put together a wonderful read. The book combines his music and life very well in a chronological format. There are some great pictures and sidebars about other events music and otherwise associated with the time frame you are currently reading.The research put into this gem is amazing.If you are a fan of Sinatra get this book. You won t be able to put it down!
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Unlike the other reviewers of Richard Havers' "Frank Sinatra," I ended the book feeling very disappointed. This is a coffee-table book, not a serious biography. The writing style is dry and the rigid adherence to "just the facts" fails to generate a three-dimensional portrait of its subject. Havers gives us a huge number of "facts" about Sinatra's life and associates but resolutely refuses to provide us with any framework for making sense of the often contradictory material. And for too many of the key people in Sinatra's life, Havers provides us with only the sketchiest information. For example, we learn nothing about Jilly Rizzo, an important, close friend in the later decades of Sinatra's life and are unable to even guess why these two men would have become and stayed friends. As another example, Sinatra's last wife, Barbara Marx Sinatra, merits less than a half dozen mentions, and he was married to her for almost 25 years! We get absolutely no sense of who she was as a person or why Sinatra was attracted to (and stayed with) her, or what she was doing while Sinatra was relentlessly touring and performing. In addition, a "where are they now" page at the end, regarding his family and associates, would have given some sense of completion.

There are serious technical issues with this book as well. The editing is poor and in the final third, seems to be entirely absent, as the author is allowed to lapse into sloppy and repetitive writing. Internal chronology of the text is often confusing and we lose a grasp of when exactly events are happening. Textual formatting is very poor, with no line breaks within paragraphs even if the text suddenly moves to a completely different subject. There is no bibliography.
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This book was a delight from beginning to end, packed with useful biographical information. It also contains dozens of sidebars on every one of Frank's albums as well as supplementary sidebars giving historical context to Sinatra's life and work in the form of other artists, historical events, and his various arrangers and labels. The book is packed with photos, memorabilia, track lists--in fact, everything you need to know about the life and work of Sinatra. I think that this book, combined with Will Friedwald's 'The Song is You' are the two best books on Sinatra, and as a dedicated Frankophile, I've read many. Also evident in the book is the author's love of Sinatra and his music. The book is like a virtual Sinatra museum, one you can open and enjoy over and over at your convenience.

Five stars.
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