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2.0 out of 5 stars A book for people who don't like Sinatra, 1 Aug 2013
This review is from: Sinatra: The Life (Paperback)
Yes, this book is very well researched, fairly well written and very comprehensive about Sinatra's dark side but there is very little about his music and films. So the question that has to be asked is "Do the authors of the book even like Sinatra?" I would say no, I can't recall a single sentence that shows any passion for Sinatra's art. That's what rankles me about this obsession with Sinatra's evidently quite serious flaws. Sure, there are the Mafia connections, the womanising, the mistreatment of friends and colleagues, suicide attempts, heavy drinking, violent outbursts - all of this is shocking stuff, but for a true Sinatra fan, all of this pales into insignificance next to the sheer joy and beauty of his music. So ultimately, this is a very boring book because it fails to discuss Sinatra as a serious artist. I don't doubt any of the stories that paint Sinatra as a nasty piece of work, but that stuff is just not interesting compared to his creative work which in this book is almost entirely ignored. If you don't believe me, I had to check several times in the index to confirm that Gordon Jenkins, one of Sinatra's major collaborators and arrangers and so important in his artistry, is mentioned ONCE in this book. Yes, once. That is truly astonishing and unforgiveable for a book that unfortunately fails to display any interest in why it subject is so revered. (As a comparison, it's like having a book on Lennon that discusses his jealousy, drug addiction, nastiness, insecurity for 400 pages, then has one sentence on the whole of the Imagine album).
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