- Tapa blanda: 786 páginas
- Editor: ANCHOR; Edición: Reprint (1 de noviembre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0767924231
- ISBN-13: 978-0767924238
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Frank: The Voice (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 nov 2011
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"A biography that reads like a novel. . . . Kaplan does a nimble, brightly evocative job of tracing the development of Sinatra's art, and his remarkable rise and fall and rise again." --Michiko Kakutani, "Top 10 Books of 2010," The New York Times"Fascinating, superbly written. . . . Whatever you think of Ol' Blue Eyes, he led an incredible life, and his adventures make great reading. This book is biography at its best." --The Dallas Morning News "Marvelously thoughtful. . . . A propulsive narrative that never flags." --Los Angeles Times "Jim Kaplan's great gift is his own voice, in peak form--stylish, seductive, and richly resonant--that stands up to Sinatra's powerful baritone. This is a perceptive, passionate biography." --Bob Spitz, author of The Beatles
"Just when you think you know all the stories . . . along comes James Kaplan's Frank to tell us more. . . . Sinatra lovers will be enthralled." --O, The Oprah Magazine
"[Readers] will be carried along by the undeniable pleasure of reading Kaplan's page-after-page-turner, dense with details of long-forgotten trysts and tiffs, career and emotional highs and lows, movie- and record-business shenanigans. . . . A classic." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Monumental. . . . Nobody has spun the old yarns with the raconteur's touch and attitude that Mr. Kaplan brings to the job. . . . Illuminates the incredible-but-true origins of a 20th-century phenomenon." --The Wall Street Journal
"Riveting. . . . The book does music history a huge favor by reminding us that from his days with Tommy Dorsey to the twilight of his Columbia years, Sinatra was a singularly incandescent vocal phenomenon." --Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"This is biography at its very best--the story of a fascinating character brought to life as never before through superb writing, impeccable research and penetrating insight. It is a terrific book." --Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals "With its neat dramatic arc, Frank: The Voice could be the template for the ultimate Sinatra biopic." --Newsday
"The answer to 'what is there left to say about Sinatra' is staggeringly answered in James Kaplan's new book. This story has never been told with such incisiveness, care, research and respect. With so many new revelations, you might never really know who Frank Sinatra is until you read this book." --Michael Feinstein "Kaplan is skilled at painting a scene, and he turns readers into 'flies on the wall.' . . . The music comes alive." --The Seattle Times
"James Kaplan succeeds not just in bringing Frank Sinatra alive in all his complexity, but in revealing in detail how he consciously, deliberately, and painstakingly transformed himself into a triumphantly successful entertainer and a national icon." --Michael Korda, author of Ike "A very enjoyable book that will surely enthrall Sinatra's most serious fans. But it will also attract a whole new generation who will understand how the man who drove Bobbysoxers to the heights of emotional intensity became the sound that most likely will be considered the most important marker for the postwar era and the beginnings of the pop music phenomenon." --Bookreporter.com "Sinatra was to 20th Century stagecraft what Churchill was to statecraft: the towering presence of the age. In this lyrical narrative, suffused with a mastery of popular culture, Frank is back--this time as a major figure in American history." --Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One "At every step of the journey, Kaplan does a good job of capturing what he feels is Sinatra's fragile ego, contradictory impulses, and--when possible--separating fact from fiction." --The Christian Science Monitor
"At long last, we have a biography of Sinatra worthy of the man . . . a pop innovator whose influence remains incalculable, whose art remains undiminished. James Kaplan tells this story with the authority of a writer who inhabits his subject from deep inside. The pages fly by on the wings of song." --Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and Warning Shadows
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Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra’s humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius.Ver Descripción del producto
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Beyond his music, there are a few things to admire about Mr. Sinatra such as his very progressive and public stances against discrimination towards minorities. However, the good aspects of his character are overwhelmed by the guy's ugly qualities. Mr. Kaplan takes pains to give a balanced view of Sinatra and believes most of his foibles were because of upbringing and a permissive industry more focused on making money from the golden goose from Hoboken. 'Frank' covers such topics as Sinatra's struggle to break into being a Big Band singer, his collaborations with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, his meteoric rise into an idol for bobby-soxers, his associations with the Mob, his World War II draft deferment, his countless one-night stands despite being married, his first and second marriage, FBI surveillance, his efforts to break into movies, his fall into near celebrity oblivion, and his Oscar-winning performance in 'From Here to Eternity'. It should be noted that his relationship with Ava Gardner is given especially close inspection. Gardner and Sinatra were two spoiled, self-indulgent people. The tempests in a teapot made great tabloid fodder and shows how the harassing of current-day stars by the so-called press is not a new thing. There are black-and-white photos sprinkled through the book. Mr. Sinatra and his handlers spread a lot of BS about him that the author corrects. Ole Blue Eyes was "seething ambition and bottomless need." As times changed and American culture shifted, he struggled to remain a star.
'Frank' is a top-notch biography. It not only tells an interesting story but also gives a feel of the times in which Sinatra's life is covered. If you have a romanticized view of Hollywood, Mr. Kaplan's work will hopefully remove some of that childish hogwash from your head. The book is not depressing and well worth your time. One thing is for sure, if Sinatra (and Gardner) were still alive, Mr. Kaplan's book is the closest I'd ever want to get to them. Now, I'm on to the second volume entitled 'Sinatra: The Chairman.'
failure in both his profession and 2nd marriage, but overcame his
downs with an Oscar winning role in "From Here to Eternity."
This story of a musical genius with a series of struggles after
a great start. It shows his character including the warts, his
obsession with his 2nd wife (Ava Gardner) and, his devotion to his kids.
It is a long story (over 700 pages), and does not include his life beyond
his recovery after his winning the Oscar. I enjoyed my Kindle edition so
much, I ordered the book verision for my wife
by Nancy,' his first wife, and his triumph as an Oscar winning
performance in "From Here to Eternity."His legacy as a great voice
of the music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s has endured. This is a good read
from a well researched biography.,,
But the birth is important to this book for another reason: it gives form to author James Kaplan's unique plan.
Virtually everything that can be written about Sinatra has. So why another bio? Kaplan's twist is to focus on Sinatra's first 39 years: a sort of portrait of an artist as a young man, timed to close after his rise from the ashes of the first phase of his career. The Voice is a redemption story with Frank Sinatra in the lead.
Most of what people seem to remember about Sinatra is what happened long after his comeback, the Rat-pack era of the 60's and the Chairman of the Board of the 70's. But what Kaplan understands and was smart enough to put into written form is that the most interesting part of Sinatra's life was really that time from the early 40's to mid-50's: his rise as "The Voice", mobs of girls wetting their pants for him; his downfall in the late 40's and early 50's when his shady relationship with the mob, serial cheating on his wife, and a combustible second marriage to Ava Gardner--who was essentially a female version of Frank Sinatra-- soured him to the public; then the comeback: the dissolution of his marriage to Gardner, his Oscar-winning role in From Here To Eternity, and, most importantly, his renaissance at Capitol Records, where he did his most beloved and artistically vibrant work.
Kaplan gets special credit for showing us so much about Sinatra's volatile relationship to Gardner, and the often touching pain Sinatra experienced because of it, as well as the man's respect and hard work on his music. These are two important touchstones in Sinatra's life, (the other being his mother) Ava and the music, and Kaplan lays everything out for us, more than I've ever read before. When Ava and Frank are on the stage, or when Frank is at work in the studio, the book is nearly impossible to put down.
Kaplan's approach is also interesting in that he provides layer upon layer of witnesses to Sinatra's life, offering sometimes inconsistent and conflicting testimony, so that the reader is often left to divine the truth, something that frequently seems as elusive as the man under study. Yet this doesn't disappoint as one might expect, in fact it feels almost like a pleasant dissonance. I think this is because Kaplan still manages to nail Sinatra's essence, the contradictions: the man who could buy a friend a new house and also leave a pregnant wife at home while he cheated; the man who thought life's rules didn't apply to him, but could be also be paralyzed with self-doubt. Kaplan's Sinatra is the man most of us forget about--the human one-- so used to the caricature that came later. And this is the beauty of The Voice: by focusing on Sinatra's difficult fall and ultimate redemption, Kaplan turns the legend into a universal story; he shows us how Sinatra is just like us, while also showing us how he isn't anything like us at all. He presents a character that at times we'll like, and at other times we'll hate, but we'll always have empathy for.