Frank Sinatra and Popular Culture
Essays on an American Icon
By Leonard Mustazza (Editor)
(Praeger, Hardcover, 9780275964955, 328pp.)
Publication Date: December 1998
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Frank Sinatra's influence on American popular culture has been wide reaching and long lasting. This diverse collection of essays written by historians, music critics, and popular culture personalities offers a myriad of perspectives and commentaries on this multitalented legend. The essays attest to the interest in Sinatra that has spanned six decades and shows no sign of diminishing--even after his death. From singer to actor, from mass media personality to humanitarian and cultural trendsetter, the many contributions of Frank Sinatra are brought to life in this entertaining volume.
Written to appeal to Sinatra fans, these unique essays, including one by Frank Sinatra himself, are organized into three sections. The first examines Sinatra's fame and the ways in which his image was formed, the second looks at his music, and the final group of essays are personal reminiscences by the people who knew him. Together these essays will provide new material for the ever-growing dialogue about Frank Sinatra's place in and influence over twentieth-century American popular culture.
Leonard Mustazza is Director of Academic Affairs and Professor of English and American Studies. He is the author of Such Prompt Eloquence: Language as Agency and Character in Milton's Epics, Forever Pursuing Genesis: The Myth of Eden in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut, and Critical Response to Kurt
Vonnegut. Steven Petkov teaches Political Science and American Studies. Both are at Penn State University, Ogontz.