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Sinatra, an annotated bibliography, 1939-1998
Mustazza, Leonard, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1999.
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xiii, 293 pages ; 25 cm.
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ML134.5.S56 M87 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Frank Sinatra, an enduring mass-media personality, was not only an accomplished musician, film actor, and concert performer but also a spokesman for civil rights, a humanitarian, and a cultural trendsetter. This bibliography culls material from a variety of disparate sources and catalogues the numerous writings that encompass Sinatra's accomplishments, public persona, and cultural impact. In addition to the unique listing of liner notes, the books, book chapters, articles, and Internet websites span the 60 years that trace the beginning of Sinatra's career in 1939 through his death in 1998.

This comprehensive bibliography will attract scholars and Sinatra fans alike as a useful tool for further research. The different types of literature catalogued are divided among separate chapters. An index provides for easy cross-referencing of material and an appendix lists more than 200 of the more notable essays that appeared following Sinatra's death on May 14, 1998.

Author Notes

LEONARD MUSTAZZA is Associate Dean and Professor of English and American Studies at Pennsylvania State University's Abington College. He is the author of numerous books including Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1998) and the forthcoming Frank Sinatra and Popular Culture: Essays on an American Icon (Greenwood, 1999).

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Library Journal Review

Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy called him "the most documented entertainer in history," and this book goes a long way toward chronicling that documentation. Separate sections describe and often evaluate books, book chapters, articles, liner notes, and even web sites and chat rooms about the singer, whose fame spanned seven decades. An appendix lists over 200 articles and special magazine editions commemorating Sinatra after his death in May 1998. Mustazza (English & American studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.) already has three books on Sinatra to his credit, and he uses his thorough knowledge of the man and his art to create vivid, concise annotations for 900 entries. But the sheer bulk of information here may overwhelm all but the most devoted Sinatra scholars. The section on book chapters seems somewhat redundant, since most of the chapters mentioned are from books listed in the books section; the section on liner notes is also problematic in that some of the pieces are analyzed at length while others are not even described. The most vital information about the recordingsÄthe songs included on eachÄis never fully documented. While this work may be useful in large music research collections, Mustazza's Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encyclopedia (LJ 6/15/98), with its lengthy bibliography and complete song information and a selection of photos, is a better choice for most public and academic libraries.ÄVivian Reed, Long Beach P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Mustazza's fourth book about Sinatra (including Ol' Blue Eyes: A Frank Sinatra Encyclopedia, CH, Oct'98) provides annotations to an amazing number of works: 84 books, 111 book chapters, 609 newspaper and magazine articles (some of which are concert and recording reviews), 80 liner notes for Sinatra recordings available on compact disc, and even 16 Internet sites. Mustazza also cites without annotations about 200 of the overwhelming volume of memorial pieces issued immediately after the controversial entertainer's death. Many of the annotations do an admirable job of capturing the essence of the original work, but some of the briefer ones should be fleshed out if there is a revised edition. Repeating the annotation in full when an article also appears as a book chapter should also be reconsidered. Overall this readable volume would fit into any US popular collection. J. A. Badics Eastern Michigan University

Table of Contents

Introduction Books
Book Chapters
Articles Liner
Notes Internet
Appendix The Death of Frank Sinatra