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How do you speak to an angel?
on 15 January 2007
Having just finished the book I was forced to admit to myself that for as many years as I care to remember, I had totally misread the dynamic between the two men responsible for one of the most amazing partnerships in showbiz history,
I was always under the impression that it was a pretty lopsided setup and especially toward the end, with the focus being strongly towards Jerry at the detriment of Dean,
Now having read Jerry's book I've been forced to reassess my thinking, clearly many tangible issues were present between these complex individuals, both having clear idea's on how to proceed but with one ultimately deciding that a break up was the only option available where both could continue,
Though it would never have been acknowledged at the time, the break-up clearly had a far greater effect on Jerry than would be expected, the general consensus being that Jerry would go on to major solo success whereas Dean would languish by the wayside and though this seemed likely initially,in the long run Dean would eclipse his ex partner with a string of movie, TV and record successes, not to say that Jerry vanished without trace but in comparison it was obvious who had the greater impact with the public,
In view of this it could be expected that this book would be filled with bitterness and bile, bear in mind that there is no Dean Martin around to actually dispute the issue and so Jerry had carte blanche to write as he pleased, that said what you get is a book clearly written from the heart from a man showing regrets for what happened in the past and what could have been in the future, occasionally the hurt does show and the recriminations manifest themselves in print but even so what comes through is the loss of what could have been,
There can be NO arguement in the final assessment that what is apparent is that there was a bond of affection that could never be broken, an estangement of years followed the teams split and certainly a lot of bad blood was felt, Dean often remaked that his career never had any meaning until his split with Jerry and it was the best thing that could have happened, a contant dig during Dean's live show was at Jerry's expense but this could be dismissed as an audience in joke that always drew a laugh, it would have zero personal significance to Dean himself, who, in public at least, always kept his own counsel,
A public appearance masterminded by Frank Sinatra would reunite the men on stage but a tragedy in Dean's life with the loss of his son would would finally draw the two men together on a personal level and though they would never be as close as previously the animosity was finally erased,
These events and many more covering several decades form the core of this book, an absorbing read that has you quickly turning the pages to find out more, I picked this up with the view to reading a few chapters, then reading the entire book, very well recommended, for Jerry, Dean or simply fans of the showbiz years gone by.