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Frank Sinatra and popular culture : essays on an American icon
Mustazza, Leonard, 1952-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1998.
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xv, 311 pages ; 25 cm

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Frank Sinatra's influence on American popular culture has been wide reaching and long lasting. In this one volume, essays written by major scholars, historians, music critics and popular culture personalities, offer a myriad of perspectives and commentary on this multifaceted musical legend. The essays attest to the interest in Sinatra that has spanned across 60 years. Sinatra affected American popular culture on and off the musical stage as evidenced by a reprint of Frank Sinatra's essay on civil rights and the evils of racial and religious prejudice that introduces this collection of scholarly writings. From singer to actor, from mass media personality to humanitarian and culture trendsetter, the many contributions of Frank Sinatra are here examined and brought to life.

Author Notes

LEONARD MUSTAZZA is Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of The Critical Response to Kurt Vonnegut (1994), Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encyclopedia (1998), and the forthcoming Sinatra: An Annotated Bibliography , all published by Greenwood Press.

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Mustazza (English and American studies, Penn State Univ., and author of Ol' Blue Eyes, CH, Oct'98) brings together 19 fan-oriented essays by historians, critics, popular personalities, and even Frank himself, a few reprinted from journals and CD liner notes. The three main sections treat fame, image formation, and Sinatra's influence on pop culture; the music; and personal reminiscences. Contributors include Will Friedwald (author of Sinatra! The Song Is You, 1995), Philip Furia (author of Tin Pan Alley, CH Feb'91), New Media's Dan Okrent, Legacy Records' Chuck Granata, and former Warner Brothers v.p. Stan Cornyn. The volume concludes with career highlights and a substantial selected bibliography. Though many of the essays smack of tribute more than scholarly analysis (Mustazza is primarily "concerned with . . . surface myths and image . . . with factors that led to the sculpting of the iconic Sinatra"), this title provides a more substantial analysis than Mustazza and Steven Petkov's The Frank Sinatra Reader (1995) or anecdotal works like Bill Zehme's The Way You Wear Your Hat (1997). A useful addition to popular music and culture collections at academic and public libraries. R. A. Aken University of Kentucky

Table of Contents

IntroductionLeonard Mustazza
Celebrity, American Culture, and Frank Sinatra
What's this about Races?Frank Sinatra
Love in the Western World: Sinatra and the Conflict of GenerationsT.H. Adamowski
The Swinger and the Loser: Sinatra, Masculinity, and Fifties CultureRoger Gilbert
Bobby Sox and Blue Suede Shoes: Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley as Teen IdolsJames F. Smith
The Composition of Celebrity: Sinatra as Text in the Liner Notes of Stan CornynGilbert L. Gigliotti
Sinatra's Fans: Discussions in Three Tenses--The Past, the Present, and the FutureKen Hutchins
Sinatra: Psychiatric MusingsLloyd L. Spencer
The Troubadour as Modern Hero Listening to Frank SinatraGerald Early
At the Heart of American MusicDaniel Okrent
Frank Sinatra and the Art of RecordingCharles L. Granata
Sinatra on BroadwayPhilip Furia
Sinatra and JazzWill Friedwald
Sinatra and the Great American StyleRichard Iaconelli
Theology and Music in a Different Key: Meditations on Frank Sinatra and Eros in a Fallen WorldEdmund N. Santurri
Personal Reminiscences Eye WitnessStan Cornyn
Sinatra and the Atlantic City ConnectionRichard Apt
A Kid in Line Who Made It BackstageBill Boggs
Sounds of Sinatra: A Conversation with Sid MarkCharles L. Granata
Appendix: Career Highlights
Selected Bibliography