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Sinatra! the Song Is You - by Will Friedwald (Paperback)

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Highlights

  • Frank Sinatra was the greatest entertainer of his age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of drama and emotion.
  • About the Author: Will Friedwald is the author of The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, Stardust Melodies, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Jazz Singing, and The Warner Bros.
  • 640 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Music

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Book Synopsis



Frank Sinatra was the greatest entertainer of his age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of drama and emotion. Drawing upon interviews with hundreds of his collaborators as well as with "The Voice" himself, this book chronicles, critiques, and celebrates his five-decade career. Will Friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs with the same astute, witty perceptions that earned him acclaim for his other books about jazz and pop singing. Now completely revised and updated, and including an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances, Sinatra! The Song Is You is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and an unparalleled guide through Sinatra's vast musical legacy.



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"A man with unexcelled knowledge of American popular song, Friedwald looks intensively at the career of The Voice. . . . Along with the serious analysis there's a plentitude of great trivia. . . . This excellent volume is indispensible as a companion to Sinatra's recordings." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A stimulating guide to Sinatra as an artist." --Los Angeles Times

"Blithe, respectful, snappy, and smart, Friedwald catches the creative fire of the singer. . . . Forget all the tabloid headlines. This is the best book ever written about Sinatra's deepest secret: his craft." --Jay Cocks, Time

"Friedwald is certainly the man for the job, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Sinatra's work and a superb gift for describing it. . . . Sinatra's career has provided the soundtrack for a good part of our [era]. And better than any previous writer, Friedwald helps to explain why." --Jazz Times

"Friedwald's book is the most important and complete documentary of popular American music. . . . It shows that Sinatra alone is the president of all the popular American singers." --Tony Bennett

"Musicians will appreciate the author's informed appraisals. . . . Many of the small details will fascinate Sinatra fans." --Choice

"Perceptive, colorful, and prodigiously researched." --Publishers Weekly

"Sinatra intersected with so many of America's leading songwriters, band leaders, arrangers, and instrumentalists that a thorough exploration of his music amounts to a huge slice of American pop history. This is what Friedwald has produced in Sinatra! The Song Is You. . . . [He] brings to his topic a potent mixture of historical knowledge, musical insight, and descriptive color. The book makes a compelling case for the preeminence of [Sinatra as] an artist. . . . One's appreciation for almost any Sinatra album, even the most egregious turkeys of his later years, will be enhanced by listening to them with the author's comments close at hand." --Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Sure to delight true Sinatra fans." --Library Journal

"[This] is the most important book published about Frank Sinatra to date." --Terry Teachout, New York Times Book Review



About the Author



Will Friedwald is the author of The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, Stardust Melodies, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Jazz Singing, and The Warner Bros. Cartoons. He is also the coauthor, with Tony Bennett, of The Good Life and, with Jerry Beck, of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 5.9 Inches (W) x 1.4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 640
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Music
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Format: Paperback
Author: Will Friedwald
Language: English
Street Date: May 1, 2018
TCIN: 51998648
UPC: 9781613737705
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-0732
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1.4 inches length x 5.9 inches width x 8.9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.9 pounds
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