Why Sinatra Matters by Pete Hamill

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In this unique homage to an American icon, journalist and award-winning author Pete Hamill evokes the essence of Sinatra--examining his art and his legend from the inside, as only a friend of many years could do. Shaped by Prohibition, the Depression, and war, Francis Albert Sinatra became the troubadour of urban loneliness. With his songs, he enabled millions of others to tell their own stories, providing an entire generation with a sense of tradition and pride belonging distinctly to them.
 

About Pete Hamill

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Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of twenty previous books, including the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, North River, and Tabloid City and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.
 
Published February 28, 2009 by Back Bay Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The essay touches on Sinatra’s failings with frankness (no pun intended), and if the author dismisses the stories about Sinatra’s Mob ties a little too quickly to satisfy some carpers, he does so with a deft intelligence that brings us back to the most important point: “In the end only the work m...

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Like a musical Elements of Style, Hamill's slim meditation on Frank Sinatra is confident, smart and seamless. Since (and immediately before) Sinatra's death in May 1998, countless tributes have been m

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Rather, he elegantly tells the Sinatra story, dwelling on the singer's best recordings, dismissing ""the Rat Pack, the swagger, the arrogance, the growing fortune, the courtiers,"" because in the end, he writes, they are ""of little relevance."" What matters, according to Hamill, is the music, ch...

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Even if you think you know why Sinatra matters, this slim biographical essay proves the most intimate and thoughtful eulogy for "the Voice" yet.

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and, most important, the way his approximately 1,300 recordings possess one undisguised subject — loneliness — delivered in the first distinctively ''urban American voice.'' Hamill's concise, eloquent musings in Why Sinatra Matters leave you wanting not to read a full-blown biography but to li...

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Originally published in 1999 and reissued with a new introduction

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