My Life With Frank
My Life With Frank (Interviews with Barbara Sinatra)
Sinatra’s Century by David Lehman
Frank Sinatra-An American Legend By Nancy Sinatra
The Films of Frank Sinatra by Gene Ringgold
Put Your Dreams Away-A Frank Sinatra Discography by Luiz Carlos Silva
Sessions with Sinatra by Charles Granata
The Song Is You-A Singers Art by Will Friedwald
Ol’ Blue Eyes-A Frank Sinatra Encyclopedia by Leonard Mustazza
A lot of amazing books have been written about Frank and his music. I think James Kaplan did a fantastic job with his two-volume biography of Frank. Highly recommend these two books, Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman. I read them both and also have the unabridged CD recording of the first volume. I don’t think the second one was ever released on CD. Have listened to the first volume twice. Great stuff. If you’re interested, my friend Lawrence and I launched a podcast earlier this year about Frank Sinatra and bourbon. You can find it at http://www.franklydrinking.com and other places where you access podcasts. Right now, we’ve released nine episodes, each of which features three Sinatra songs and two whiskeys. We typically taste a bourbon early in the show and end the show by tasting a variant of Jack Daniel’s, Frank’s favorite whiskey. Lawrence and I grew up together in suburban Atlanta, where we both still live. We’re not experts or anything, but we share an appreciation for the timeless music of Frank Sinatra and the taste of American whiskeys. I invite you to check out Frankly Drinking at http://www.franklydrinking.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks!
James Kaplan’s overview is the definitive overview of Frank. It is very well researched, erudite and fair. It is also a great study
in mid-century America.
Richard Havers’ Sinatra is also worth checking out.
The best books on Frank and his art are Will Friedwald ‘s The Song Is You, and Pete Hamill’s Why Sinatra Matters.
All are highly recommended.
The two-volume biography on Frank by James Kaplan is the definitive study on him.
It is as good as Peter Guralnick’s overview of Elvis. The good, bad, and the ugly facts of an extraordinary man. The story of
Frank is also the story of America in the mid-20th Century. Would Frank have liked it? Probably not, but he would have to
agree about its’ honesty. In the end, all that remains is the music of The Voice, the finest tribute of all.
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