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An Eye-Opening Read,
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This review is from: Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (Paperback)
The foul language that peppers this book prevents me from giving it 5 stars but it is nevertheless a great read and a real eye-opener into the US entertainment industry.
OK, we all know that the USA is Mafia Country but I would have liked to have seen a little more balance; there must be some decent people around surely? Tosches is very good in describing the early Italian community in Ohio and the wheeling and dealing that went on but I can't believe that that's the whole story.
The book, and indeed some review comments on the cover, suggest that Dean was a lightweight talent and that it's difficult now to remember what he was famous for. I think that is unfair. He WAS a great singer in his chosen style and area and a very good actor in many different roles. He was of that generation of American entertainers who exuded a relaxed aura that made people feel good at his shows.
This is a much different book to the usual light, slavish junk that masquerades as biography. Recommended, but remember it's strong and may not be for those who like their heroes in candyfloss.