In this biography we meet the complete Sinatra -- the headlinegrabbing playboy as well as the extraordinary artist and icon....
|Title||:||All or Nothing at All: A Life of Sinatra|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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All or Nothing at All: A Life of Sinatra Reviews
It was an ok book. I like the authors writing style and to the story of rank Sinatra.
A friend of ours who was no doubt a young adult during the big band era was so enthralled with this bio of Sinatra that he thought we would enjoy it as big fans of the “standards”-era music. Author Clarke took a little getting used-to as he has the annoying habit of stating his opinions as facts, especially his likes and dislikes for individual songs. But his research seems quite thorough, as his knowledgeable presentation particularly of Sinatra’s musical career seemed encyclopedic – perhaps a little less so about Frank's relationships with women, the “Mob”, and numerous politicians – which admittedly were the areas that offered less appeal to this reader.To some extent, the book traces the gradual transfer of hit songs from the big bands to individual studio recordings and an emphasis on radio play, that latter turning into the “Payola” scandals of the 50’s. Clarke includes lots of info about all the competing bands and performers, especially those like Bing Crosby who went head-to-head with Frank.It turns out Frank was conditioned by his aggressive mother Dolly to consider every aspect of life as a power play – and that nothing could possibly be his fault, but rather the screw-ups of other people, who should promptly be punished. This made for some somewhat distasteful reading about incidents and episodes that hardly warmed the famous celebrity’s lifestyle to our hearts.As a piano player ourselves, it was interesting to hear so much about the development of many of the songs we still play. But we doubt that the book will have much appeal to younger readers, not to mention the generally unappealing facets of so much of Sinatra’s existence.
I was reading this yesterday, but finally put it down after 50 pages.If you're looking for information about Frank Sinatra, his loves, his life, this isn't your book. The book's main focus is discussing the different bands he's been in, how the jazz era helped define his voice.What the book is NOT about, is his personal life, family, or loves.What I was HOPING for, was insight into the man, maybe his relationship with Ava Gardner. By the book's title, the picture of him on front, I thought it'd be more about him, not his career.