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Frank: The Making of a Legend. by James Kaplan By James Kaplan Frank The Making of a Legend by James Kaplan Who was Frank Sinatra This book delves deeply into who he really was than any previous book about him It relives the years to in glistening detail experiencing as if for the first time Sina
  • Title: Frank: The Making of a Legend. by James Kaplan
  • Author: James Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9781847442611
  • Page: 410
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  • Frank: The Making of a Legend. by James Kaplan By James Kaplan Who was Frank Sinatra This book delves deeply into who he really was than any previous book about him It relives the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra s journey from the streets, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar winning return in From Here to Eternity.
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    1. James Kaplan

      James Kaplan is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose essays, reviews, and profiles have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and New York He coauthored John McEnroes autobiography, You Cannot Be Serious, a number one New York Times bestseller, and coauthored the bestselling Dean and Me with Jerry Lewis He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons.

    406 thoughts on “Frank: The Making of a Legend. by James Kaplan”

    1. from 1955 to 1959 frank sinatra recorded four of the greatest and saddest albums of all time with four of the greatest album covers ever printed check em out 1955 In the Wee Small Hours 1957 Where Are You 1958 Only the Lonely 1959 No One Cares ranging from the lush melancholy to the almost unbearably bleak, this is the finest collection of ballads, saloon songs, and torch songs sung by the greatest crooner of all time tied with morrissey who, incidentally, considers frank as one third of his hol [...]


    2. This is the first volume of a two parter It ends just after Sinatra wins an oscar for From Here to Eternity and ressurects a stagnant career Kaplan is still working on the second part Kaplan apparently took his cue from Gary Giddens s two parter on Bing Crosby He alludes to Giddens s work several times Frank is well written and thoroughly researched Probably the best of the four Sinatra bios I ve also read several books that pertain to Sinatra s music I ve read although I read Earl Wilson s Sin [...]


    3. James Kaplan has penned what is one of the most spectacular biographies I ve ever read A rabid Sinatra fan it was thrilling for me to discover lots of things I hadn t learnt about Ol Blue Eyes definitely can t wait to read book 2


    4. Added 5 1 15 This book was first published in 2010 5 2 15 I listened to the unabridged audio of this book It s disappointing to hear the downside of Sinatra s life I d rather remember him for all the enjoyment he gave us with his great talent It seems it s always the first wives of celebrities who get the short end of the stick Celebrities like Sinatra are subject to too much temptation.At any rate, I m reliving the days when the teenagers screamed and swooned when Sinatra sang The book says tha [...]


    5. As with most other popular culture icons, biographers examine the National Enquirer tabloid style details about Frank, and what is not to like with that approach Mafia ties, tons of women, excessive drinking, tragedy and triumph and tragedy and triumph None truly explore how his talent worked, his psychological motivations and needs, as well as what made the man tick.This biography is the first to do that The lurid details are here, especially in the section dealing with Ava Gardner crazy love [...]


    6. This is a pretty recent book I think it came out in 2010 It covers Frank Sinatra s life up to the moment of the 1953 Oscar ceremony, when he awaited the verdict on his nomination as Best Supporting Actor for FROM HERE TO ETERNITY I won t tell you if he won or not Chances are you have an opinion about the man and an opinion about the music James Kaplan s book goes into great detail about Sinatra s climb.What I came away with was a sense of how dependent entertainers were on newspaper columnists i [...]


    7. I have always liked Sinatra s singing but didn t know much of his life beyond the Rat Pack image I became interested to know about him after seeing a couple of his films recently, and was intrigued by this book because it looks in detail at his early career, which I knew little about It s certainly a dramatic story, telling how the brilliant but troubled singer originally rose to fame as idol of the Bobbysoxers He then saw his career plummet during his disastrous marriage to Ava Gardner, even m [...]


    8. Frank Sinatra makes good copy Just ask Kitty Kelley, Pete Hamill and a host of other biographers who have charted the transformation of the small fry singing sensation from Hoboken, N.J into an international star Excuse the hackneyed phrasing, but the style of James Kaplan s ambitious yet pedestrian tome is infectious.A fresh approach this is not Although he does add some worthy research to the story, Kaplan relies heavily on the previous Sinatra biographies, while indulging in clich s such as d [...]


    9. I read the second book of Kaplan s two part Sinatra bio first Having done this, I think if you haven t read either book you should read The Voice first if you want to better appreciate it Reading Sinatra The Chairman first, I found I enjoyed this book because I found this era of Sinatra s life interesting In The Voice, there s so much to muddle through and it s not all happy To me the book didn t really start rolling until he met Ava, and right when it gets to a pivotal moment in his life, the [...]


    10. Like most biographies written by an outside author, the text could have benefited with a shorter final draft and it tends to get a bit littered with unnecessary puff and wordiness But the engaging stories both hilarious and tragic are very much worth it for die hard fans and history buffs.


    11. James Kaplan s Frank The Voice offers an intimate portrait of a truly weird human being, a portrait as deep as anything you might read in an Ancient Greek tragedy Sinatra s life was intertwined with the lives of major entertainment figures like Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Louis B Mayer, and of course Ava Gardner, as well as Mafiosi, and politicians This book offers a panoply of life in mid twentieth century America I d read two previous Sinatra books Kitty Kelley s His Way The Unauthorized Biograph [...]


    12. Sinatra a complicated figure, as every person is when looked at under a microscope A man with many talents and many fears, many accomplishments and many shortcomings Unparalleled singer, irresponsible husband, unbalanced actor, scandalous celebrity An American legend, in the truest sense.Kaplan s biography, divided into two books, covers every aspect of Sinatra s life, from his musical and film careers to his family life and failed relationships to his personal struggles and mommy issues The aut [...]


    13. Along with Buster Keaton, Marcel Duchamp, Howard Hughes, Duke Ellington, Louise Brooks and Fritz Lang, I think Frank Sinatra is an icon of the 20th Century or in many ways he is the 20th Century Famous, but still a mystery, and a man who saw things differently then everyone else James Kaplan, the biographer, sees him as a genius, and if that is true, then he is a man pretty much made up by his inner personality which is insecurity, doubt, and pure instinct.The plus side of the book is that it de [...]


    14. Frank The Voice deals with the first forty years of Frank Sinatra s life, his rise to fame, descent and rise again This is not the Sinatra of Vegas, although he is in on Vegas from the beginning It is not the Sinatra of the rat pack Those people are just postscripts in this book they are only beginning the spectacular careers that will later make them Frank s running buddies This is the Frank Sinatra that belongs to the bobbysoxers, the singer of some of the most beautiful American ballads It s [...]


    15. This is really the story of how Frankie became Frank Whereas other Sinatra tomes go through his entire life or just focus on the music, James Kaplan has pulled the reader into Francis Albert s beginnings up until Ava s goodbye We get a deepened look at the man who changed song, along with some sweet asides about the songwriters, the conductors, and the loves of The Voice s rise fall rise before he took off into the stratosphere.It all started with Mama Dolly Abortionist, midwife, neighborhood po [...]


    16. Finally a powerful and stirring biography about one of the most chronicled men in modern history Never has Frank Sinatra s complicated genius been taken as seriously and with such sensitivity.This is an enthralling account of a true American icon that was the first show business phenomenon of the 20th century He was, unquestionably, the greatest singer of the American Songbook.Frank The Voice chronicles the first four decades of his stunning ride to the pinnacle of success, and his equally stunn [...]


    17. This is the best biography, or should I say partial biography of Sinatra that I have read This account only takes us up to 1953 54 and his Oscar win for From Here to Eternity, and you can be certain that Volume 2 which will likely cover the second half of his extraordinary career is in the works I love the work and artistry of Sinatra, the entertainer that I consider the finest singer and lyric interpreter of the American Song book I am not so in love with Sinatra, the man Kaplan appears to tell [...]


    18. One of the biggest problems of this biography, it s as it says on the front cover reads like a romance.The fact is, that for me at least I want facts when I read a biography That s the whole purpose for me And the facts in this one are few between all the gossip, reference to other Sinatra s biographies and a lot of romanticized information that NO ONE could ever know, like And then, Sinatra thought , or Sinatra was alone at home, looked through the window while smoking a cigarette Also, when it [...]


    19. The book Frank Sinatra The Voice by James Kaplan is the story of Frank Sinatra It talks about his early life, including his childhood and his family It also talks about how he got his fame, starting in clubs and bars and moving up to Time s Square and the Paramount Also it talks a lot about his family and why Sinatra was the way he was I didn t really like this book, maybe because we had to read it for school It would be interesting for someone who is interested about Sinatra, but it didn t real [...]


    20. I ve read my fair share of Sinatra books This is one of the better reads, and of course Sinatra is great material to work on His path from Hoboken to stardom to having everything collapse around him and back to the top is an amazing one no matter who tells it We are long since past the point where facts and myths merged anyway, so I m fine with Kaplan now and then telling us how Sinatra feels He has done a lot of good research and has good endnotes for most of his stories Dean Me , Kaplans s pre [...]


    21. Part 1 of a massive two volume set this compulsively readable Sinatra biography, which has been compared favorably to Peter Guralnick s equally massive tome on Elvis, this volume covers Frank s rise to stardom in the big band swing era, his downward trajectory after the war years when he could barely get a job, and the beginning of his mid fifties rebirth, when he won an Oscar for the film From Here To Eternity James Kaplan presents the full picture the musical and lyrical genius, the arrogance [...]


    22. It took me six months to read Not because of the book, just because of my surroundings.Good book, reads very easy and like a romance What I liked about this book is that the author not only goes beneath the surface of the life of Frank Sinatra but stays there and sort of stays WITH Frank so that even when it s the bad side of Frank that s being discussed you have patience and understanding Most bio s on FS give you the story and that s all but the author lets you get to know him before the stori [...]


    23. Should have bought it at a local NBS if not that too much price tag The hell with it This 2015 will be the centennial year birth of the crooner This James Kaplan bio is essential as Alex Gibney s 2 part docu on HBO Sinatra is a genuine and tortured artist.


    24. The worst biography I have ever read and perhaps the worst book I have read Buried under clich s, blatant stereotypes, crude language, and riddled with inane comments, what was Doubleday thinking Less than zero, needs to establish negative star ratings for books like this.


    25. It s very easy to reduce Sinatra to a Piscopo esque caricature but Kaplan does a great job showing his subtler sides I was disappointed that this one only covered up to 1953 Hopefully the author is hard at work on volume 2.



    26. Mr Kaplan s first book of his Frank Sinatra two volume biography was published in 2011 Frank covers the years from 1915 through 1954 At almost 720 pages, there was never a dull moment while reading it Heck, even Mr Sinatra s birth, beginning on page one, was dramatic Ole Blue Eyes is a great study of the nature of celebrity and one man s insatiable ego Sinatra was clearly recognized as a musical genius despite his inability to read music sheets Each song and performance was unique depending on w [...]


    27. This book really captures into the icon that was Frank Sinatra This shares through his life and struggles he encountered trying to make his way to the top This book makes the readers feel like what it actually is to experience the journey of Sinatra James Kaplan takes you inside of how Sinatra made his songs so popular and even the meaning behind them As a huge Sinatra fan I found this book very informative on his life Kaplan really captures every moment of his life starting in his humble beginn [...]


    28. For a Sinatra biography titled The Voice , this volume contains very little information about his famous instrument Knowing this is the first of a two part bio and that the time period covered here stops right before the recording of many classic albums, I m inclined to be lenient critically, but I was still admittedly disappointed 60% of the content is spent on his personal life largely his relationship conflicts and I found these long sections mostly uninteresting and full of superfluous infor [...]


    29. Spectacular If I could give this book than a 5 star rating, I would The amount of detail Kaplan includes about Frank s life up until his Academy Award in 1954, from Sinatra s family to his music to his acting, and everything in between, is phenomenal to say the least I can only imagine the second book of this biography The Chairman will be equally impressive if not so.


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