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Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan

Sinatra: The Chairman

by James Kaplan

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  mattmaulone | Mar 22, 2016 |
Kaplan, James. Sinatra: The Chairman. 35 CDs. unabridged. 41 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490694160.

Kaplan's riveting companion to Frank: The Voice, debuts just in time for Sinatra's centennial. Meticulously researched, this biography fleshes out the man behind the legend and chronicles Frank's life starting with his first Academy Award win all the way though his death in 1998. Almost bigger than life, "Ol' Blue Eyes" was without a doubt, the most influential and recognized entertainer of the 20th century. Kaplan does a marvelous job piecing together Sinatra's professional and personal life to give readers a comprehensive look at Hollywood's most complex man. This dense sequel leaves no stone un-turned and examines his successes and failures whether it be his movie flops, marriages, music, or mob ties. Dedicated "Frank"ophiles will find new stories and material to absorb and even those unfamiliar with his legend will find themselves riveted. Donald Corren beautifully narrates the forty one hour audio-book and helps bring to life many of the various accents and song lyrics. An essential biography for any Sinatra collection worth its salt and an absolute must read. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN ( )
  ecataldi | Mar 8, 2016 |
This is an unbelievably biased book. I think the author found every negative news article ever written about Sinatra and put them in the 800+ pages of this book. We had to hear the author's opinion on every recording and film Sinatra made. And then the little extra "digs" the author had to add on. For example, on page 628 a reporter, who spent some time with Sinatra discussed how Sinatra was a whiz at the stock market and could go on for "hours about finance". The author had to add "In all likelihood it was probably minutes rather than hours that he could go on about finance". I had thought this would be an objective biography - instead it is one negative story after another, with the author's personal opinion thrown in. Yes, the author talked to plenty of people and consulted many resources but maybe he should have spent time finding the many people Sinatra helped through his charity concerts or even by writing blank checks. And how many times do we have to hear about how bad every toupee was? The author spent a lot of time discussing what happened on the night Sinatra passed away and then went to a story where he visited the grave site. Why didn't he write anything about the funeral service, i.e., who attended, who the pallbearers were, etc? Perhaps it was because he could not say anything negative about that? For a book of over 800 pages, there are not many photographs. There is an extensive bibliography but can one consider Kitty Kelley's book a reliable source? We all know the stories about Sinatra's temper and his womanizing and his association with Mobsters - Sinatra was not perfect - but he was not the jerk this book makes him out to be either. The author neglected to tie up loose ends and tell us what happened to Judith Campbell, what Nancy Sr is doing as well as the three Sinatra children. This is not a good example of an objective biography and a waste of the time spent reading it. J. Randy Taraborreli's bio on Sinatra is much more objective and has been updated for Sinatra's 100th birth year. ( )
  knahs | Jan 12, 2016 |
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Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's bestselling Frank: The Voice—finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed "The Entertainer of the Century," deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.

     In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments.

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In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after he claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist. Sinatra's life post-Oscar was astonishing in scope and achievement and, occasionally, scandal, including immortal recordings almost too numerous to count, affairs ditto, many memorable films (and more than a few stinkers), Rat Pack hijinks that mesmerized the world with their air of masculine privilege, and an intimate involvement at the intersection of politics and organized crime that continues to shock with its hubris. Kaplan has orchestrated the wildly disparate aspects of Sinatra's life and character into an American epic.--Adapted from book jacket.… (more)

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