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Frank by James Kaplan
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Feb 09, 11

bookshelves: bio-autobio, music
Read from January 22 to February 09, 2011

This is the first volume of a two parter. It ends just after Sinatra wins an oscar for “From Here to Eternity” and ressurects a stagnant career. Kaplan is still working on the second part. Kaplan apparently took his cue from Gary Giddens’s two parter on Bing Crosby. He alludes to Giddens’s work several times. Frank is well written and thoroughly researched. Probably the best of the four Sinatra bios (I’ve also read several books that pertain more to Sinatra’s music) I’ve read although I read Earl Wilson’s Sinatra bio so long ago that I really don’t remember it. I disliked Kitty Kelley’s book. Her Sinatra was a one dimensional lout and much of her info is open to question, although Kaplan does use her as a source at times. Tamborelli’s book was good but Kaplan goes a little deeper and delves into Sinatra’s music more than previous bios have done. Will Friedwald’s book “The Song is You” is really the volume for those interested in Sinatra’s music, but it is commendable that Kaplan addresses it as well as he does. Kelley and Tamborelli really don’t go into what a comsumate artist Sinatra was, concentrating more on the show business and or sensationalistic aspects of his career.
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Jeff Bedard I was disappointed that this book didn't cover his entire life. I wasn't aware there would be a second volume. I'm glad to hear it and look forward to reading it when it comes out.


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