Why Sinatra Matters

Why Sinatra Matters

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In honor of Sinatra's 100th birthday, Pete Hamill's classic tribute returns with a new introduction by the author.

In this unique homage to an American icon, journalist and award-winning author Pete Hamill evokes the essence of Sinatra--examining his art and his legend from the inside, as only a friend of many years could do. Shaped by Prohibition, the Depression, and war, Francis Albert Sinatra became the troubadour of urban loneliness. With his songs, he enabled millions of others to tell their own stories, providing an entire generation with a sense of tradition and pride belonging distinctly to them.

With a new look and a new introduction by Hamill, this is a rich and touching portrait that lingers like a beautiful song.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company 2015.
Edition: Revised edition.
ISBN: 9780316347174
Branch Call Number: SINATRA HAM
Characteristics: xviii, 187 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm


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Aug 04, 2011

This is a terrific, short but insightful tribute to Frank Sinatra by the marvelous writer Pete Hamill. He traces Sinatra's dual character and emphasis on loneliness to his childhood as an only child in Hoboken, N.J., growing up during prohibition and later the Depression. Hamill also explains why Sinatra's music will live for a long time. A fast and absorbing read.

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