Frank

The Voice

By James Kaplan
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385518048, 800pp.)

Publication Date: November 2, 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the November 2010 Indie Notables
“True cultural icons are extremely rare, but Frank Sinatra was certainly one for the 20th century and his voice will be attached to memories for decades to come. As mythical as the voice, so was the man, but James Kaplan strips away the facade to reveal a conflicted, contentious soul whose genius always battled his worse elements. This is a fascinating biography, written in a jaunty, swinging style that evokes the image Sinatra came to personify.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


Description

Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs.

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. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur­bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his 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.




About the Author

JAMES KAPLAN is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York. He coau­thored John McEnroe’s autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious, a number-one New York Times bestseller, and coauthored the bestselling Dean and Me with Jerry Lewis. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.

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