Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
On Sale: November 2, 2010
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Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a
triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen
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
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.
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