EBOOK READ Frank The Voice Author James Kaplan
Thed this book over the past week and can t really give any less James Kaplan has penned what is one of the most spectacular biographies I ve ever read A rabid Sinatra fan it was thrilling for me to discover lots of things I hadn t learnt about Ol Blue Eyes definitely can t wait to read book 2 When I think of Frank Sinatra the words of the song Fly me to the moon float into my mind taking me back to my parents house as a kid Too bad Frank didn t share the fond memories I did as a child Scarred at birth by forceps a doctor tossing him on a counter leaving him to die while giving his full attention to his mother His start at life was not good His voice was his escape his golden ticket and the man seemed to be on the verge of complete happiness but his choices and his ego knocked him backwards each time he came close to a happy ending I wonder if he ever really found what he was looking for if he ever really found the peace and happiness he deserved He was and always would be the loneliest
son of a bitch he knewWhen ou an American traveling in other countries ou get some funny perspectives on what of a bitch knewWhen ou re an American traveling in other countries ou get some funny perspectives on what think of the States geography that knows NYC LA and between them a mere several hour drive the Eminem loving Damascus cabbie but when ou re asked to sum up America in some cultural or historical icon nothing throws itself faster to the front of our head than Sinatra In a way Frank encapsulates the mythos of America in a way other pop icons don t a goddamn son of a bitch Italian American no good at school a good heart awfully needy a bastard who championed minorities insecure often self righteous and with an unearthly talent Not above rubbing elbows with the mob or the Kennedys Oscar winner Ava Gardner s husband and so onAll this is covered here and Kaplan takes a no holds barred approach an unapologetic but properly reverent biography of this singular cat All the shit is here and all the sweetness Sinatra s marriage kids his many many affairs his suicide attempts and most importantly the musicThe book Volume I of II ends right around his resurgence in early 1954 his first Capitol album and the Oscar for From Here to Eternity but getting to that point is a dark dark slog through Frank s ups and downs Of course he ll come across as a no good bum but that voice 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 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 uestion 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 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 on the show business and or sensationalistic aspects of his career from 1955 to 1959 frank sinatra recorded four of the greatest and saddest albums of all time with four of the greatest album covers ever printed check em out 1955 In the Wee Small Hours 1957 Where Are You1958 Only the Lonely 1959 No One Caresranging from the lush melancholy to the almost unbearably bleak this is the finest collection of ballads saloon songs and torch songs sung by the greatest crooner of all time tied with morrissey who incidentally considers frank as one third of his holy trinity kaplan s biography stops a ear before this remarkable string of albums his book tracks sinatra s rise through the early and mid 40s his ruinous fall at the end of that decad. Lent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument We relive the ears 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 geniu.
Download Frank The VoiceNcy s reminiscences The presentation is both straightforward and empathetic Kaplan gives ou insight into the pressures and intensityAs I m writing this I m listening to old Sinatra tunes Through the index I can go back and re read about when and how they were recorded Kaplan notes when the songs have relevance to Sinatra s life at the time For some there are aesthetic observations or critiues You ll get a new appreciation for one of Sinatra s later signature tunes That s Life The chapter Icarus shows a long humiliating shot down in MayMy only complaint is the photos Kaplan describes photos in a way ou want to see them Not all of them are included in the book such as Sinatra entering Cuba with the brief case or the telling pre split photo of Frank and Nancy The photos that are included are all good and add to the text although the page placement isn t always exact On p 66 there is Sinatra s mug shot from his 1938 arrest The author notes his air of confidence I note an uncanny resemblance to the oung Mick JaggerIt is very fast reading because Karsh Portfolio you can t put it down There is no hint of a volume 2 or 3 but this will certainly be anticipated by anyone who reads this book Interesting book to review It has a tremendous amount of detailed information about Frank Sinatra For me that was a positive and a negative Having detailed info is good but I finally got tired of reading that much detail If I were a huge Sinatra fan who wanted to learn as much as possible about Sinatra I would feel differently about the amount of detailed info in the book While the author includes a ton of info about the part of Sinatra s life the book focuses on the book addressed only the first 39ears of his life He lived to be 82 The author may have a two volume biography in mind I don t want that amount of detail Added 5115 This book was first published in 2010 5215 I listened to the unabridged audio of this book It s disappointing to hear the downside of Sinatra s life I d rather remember him for all the enjoyment he gave us with his great talent It seems it s always the first wives of celebrities who get the short end of the stick Celebrities like Sinatra are subject to too much temptationAt any rate I m reliving the days when the teenagers screamed and swooned when Sinatra sang The book says that that phenomenon was manipulated by Sinatra s publicity people What started as an innocent thing was turned into what became a huge publicity stuntIt I have always liked Sinatra s singing but didn t know much of his life beyond the Rat Pack image I became interested to know about him after seeing a couple of his films recently and was intrigued by this book because it looks in detail at his early career which I knew little about It s certainly a dramatic story telling how the brilliant but troubled singer originally rose to fame as idol
Of The Bobbysoxers He Then Saw His Career Plummet Duringthe Bobbysoxers He then saw his career plummet during disastrous marriage to Ava Gardner even making a series of suicide attempts but clawed his way back to the top with his Oscar winning role in From Here to Eternity The book ends with him clutching that Oscar and with most of his best known albums and films still to come Kaplan is currently working on volume two Much of the time it is a fascinating read especially when Kaplan discusses recording sessions the contributions of the
various musicians and Sinatra s interpretations of particular songs I was ablemusicians and Sinatra s interpretations of particular songs I was able listen to many of these recordings online as I read and now have several albums I need to buy However to my mind the book comes unstuck at times when Kaplan who is also a novelist leaves the facts behind and tries to get into people s heads He sometimes veers into writing sub Chandler hardboiled prose imagining conversations and even people s thoughts Some of these sections also come across as rather sexist surely we don t need a description of what a group of oung girl fans in a hot theatre might have smelt like I also suspect the whole relationship with Gardner might come across differently if seen from her angle rather than his So maybe my four star rating is a bit generous but I have lived and brea. Ames 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 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 turbu. As with most other popular culture "icons biographers examine the national enuirer tabloid style details about the National Enuirer tabloid style details about and what is not to "biographers examine the National Enuirer tabloid style details about Frank and what is not to with that approach Mafia ties tons of women excessive drinking tragedy and triumph and tragedy and triumph None truly explore how his talent worked his psychological motivations and needs as well as what made the man tickThis biography is the first to do that The lurid details are here especially in the section dealing with Ava Gardner crazy love indeed they were absolutely obsessed with each other but also the deep physical and psychological scars of a childhood in Hoboken the twisted mental aftershocks of his early family life the long slow steady obsessive climb towards superstardom including rivalries with Dorsey and Bing Crosby the famine ears when popular fashion left him behind and the desperate climb back to relevancy begging as Johnny Fontaine the supposed Sinatra stand in in The Godfather for a role he was born to play in From Here To Eternity He somehow manages to do so and we leave Frank at the end of this book having just won the Oscar for that role suddenly relevant again but not for singing permanently cut off from the
Love Of His Lifeof his life Gardner and still wanting to revive his singing careerWhat sets this apart from other biographies and why I do indeed give it five stars is that not only does it cover all of the bases with a significantly higher level of respect and sympathy for its subject than other books but Kaplan actually explores Frank s VOICE and how he used that instrument in a distinct and unusual way He refers to the recordings noting the evolution of his voice into the rich baritone the world has come to now but explores phrasing inflection the tender caresses of notes and diction and the intelligence Frank brought to bear with his recordings THAT is the root of Frank s genius that he sang songs as a great actor would deliver their lines as if they were spontaneously singing to YOU on the other side of the speaker Despite the reservations of many critics and readers this along with the seuel Sinatra The Chairman is likely to remain the definitive biography of Frank SInatra and for the exploration of his art we should be grateful James Kaplan covers Frank Sinatra from his birth in 1915 to his Academy Award in 1954 Much of the research is from other published biographies of which there are many but this is not meant to be a documentary biography These 700 riveting pages are meant to develop the complex personality and character of Frank Sinatra The style of Kaplan s prose fits his subject It wouldn t work for a bio of Lincoln or Pavarotti but it suits Sinatra to a teeBesides an interpretive look at the familiar stories and issues there is a lot here that was new to me and probably new to others Not that I ve been following Frank that closely but I did not know of his birth mark his mother s occupation his suicide attempts or that he had seen a psychiatrist I presume since his death those who would never have spoken up in his life have put these things on record for history s sakeKaplan covers Frank s early family life pressures and rise to fame He shows the scrappiness he learned or inherited from his mother He describes how Hearst and other right wing media outlets slammed him for his politics they portrayed him as a communist alleged mob connections and indirectly his Italian ethnicity and non enlistment for WW2 Just about everyone slammed him for his messy personal lifeWhile the Ava Gardner story has been covered many times this is the most detailed treatment I know of and also the only one that I know of to lay out how toxic it was These two large size personalities stoked by alcohol promiscuity and the resulting jealousy Ava s soaring career and Frank s declining prospects devolved into argument and physical abuseEven if there were no Ava ou can see how Frank was not cut out to be a family man Kaplan shows how he did and didn t fulfill his responsibilities as a father and how Nancy Sr survived and adjusted to the divorce Kaplan has facts that counter what may be wishful thinking in daughter Na. 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 eual 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