Sinatra The Chairman Just in time for the Chairman s centennial the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan s bestselling Frank The Voice which completes the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra justly termed the

  • Title: Sinatra: The Chairman
  • Author: James Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780385535397
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just in time for the Chairman s centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan s bestselling Frank The Voice which completes the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed the Entertainer of the Century, deserves and requires Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects Just in time for the Chairman s centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan s bestselling Frank The Voice which completes the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed the Entertainer of the Century, deserves and requires Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects peerless singer, sometimes accomplished actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous In 2010 s Frank The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra s meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen The story of Ol Blue Eyes continues with Sinatra The Chairman, picking up the day after he claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist Sinatra s life post Oscar was astonishing in scope and achievement and, occasionally, scandal, including immortal recordings almost too numerous to count, affairs ditto, many memorable films and than a few stinkers , Rat Pack hijinks that mesmerized the world with their air of masculine privilege, and an intimate involvement at the intersection of politics and organized crime that continues to shock and astound with its hubris James Kaplan has orchestrated the wildly disparate aspects of Frank Sinatra s life and character into an American epic a towering achievement in biography of a stature befitting its subject.

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    1. If I hear the narrator say, "ring a ding ding" one more timeAlso, dear author, if you could stick to a timeline that would be greatI know I should probably rate this a 4 or even a 5 d/t its thoroughness, but I can't stand repetitiveness and confusion. The book jumps right in at the nadir of his career, with Ava Gardner in the picture. There is no early life. Basically his recording and movie pursuits are discussed in great detail. His relationships with both incarnations of the infamous Rat Pack [...]

    2. A horror story. I couldn't stop reading this biography, and it is over 800 and something-like pages, and it strikes me as the ultimate American tale, and as its nightmare. Frank Sinatra, without over-stating, is without a doubt a great figure in American culture. He is also a monster. Nevertheless, a truly great pop(ular) artist who can cut through the bullshit by just singing. It is when he's not singing is when trouble lurks like a bad disease. I read James Kaaplan's first volume, "Frank: The [...]

    3. While it is tempting to look behind the façade of an artist and their work, I think it is always inadvisable. What one sees is rarely appealing, is what I've learned from experience, and that is very much the case with Frank Sinatra, who was psychologically unwell, despite being artistically exceptional. The biggest understatement in this book is when the author states that Sinatra had a: "complex and contradictory soul".If you are so brave or so foolish to want to see Sinatra more clearly, and [...]

    4. This bio, which goes from 1954 when Sinatra won an Oscar to his death, is a mixed bag. The first two-thirds are filled with interesting details about the man, his affairs, his movies and especially his music. Almost every album he made from '54 to '70 is covered in meticulous detail--occasionally it starts to feel like too much detail, but ultimately the sections on the music are the best things in the book. Kaplan makes Sinatra come alive and tries to give a balanced view of a man who could be [...]

    5. With Frank Sinatra: The Chairman, author James Kaplan has proven himself an expert biographer as he presents an in-depth look into not only Frank Sinatra, the singer and actor, but also Frank Sinatra, the man behind the multifaceted talents. Focusing a great deal on the mid- to late- 1950's, Kaplan reveals a side of Sinatra that many may not be familiar with (at least for this reader anyway). Behind the talent and fame, Frank Sinatra always felt like the insecure little boy from Hoboken, New Jer [...]

    6. Exhaustive and complete, this will be the definitive Sinatra biography for years to come. What places this (and Frank: The Voice, the first volume) above all others is that it actually speaks in some depth about the artistry of Sinatra, rather than just the lurid details. What is it about these recordings and the technique of the singer that stands above all others? What is complete as well (but sometimes too completely covered) are the personal details too often covered by other tabloid biograp [...]

    7. The story of “Ol’ Blue Eyes” continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank’s life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, [...]

    8. Meticulous and absolutely fascinating until Kaplan reaches Sinatra's short-lived 1971 "retirement." Then he shifts into hyper speed and blows through the last 25 years of the singer's life in a single chapter. We read nothing about Sinatra's last starring film role, his stint as the producer of Ronald Reagan's first inaugural celebration, or his lawsuit to block Kitty Kelley's extremely negative 1986 biography. Other late career events, like the abortive "Together Again" tour, are covered in the [...]

    9. This is an absolutely amazing read with an insane amount of detail, which is why it took me more than two months to finish. I took notes as I was reading, pausing at the mentions of albums so that I could put the record on (if I had it) or purchase a copy off eBay (if I didn't have it). And every mention of a name, I pulled up their article for a quick glimpse. James Kaplan is an outstanding writer, and the depth of his research for this book --and The Voice -- is nothing short of impressive. I [...]

    10. In 2010, James Kaplan wrote an eight-hundred page volume about a poor kid from Hoboken, who made it good as a singer, seemed to flame out in the early '40s, and came back with a bang on the silver screen. The kid who was once floored by punches and got back up is now gone, replace by an increasingly wealthy artist-producer who can seemingly get away with anything, and who will remain an icon for the rest of his life, long after the Beatles and all that follow take over the pop charts. If The Voi [...]

    11. I received a prepublication copy of this book (October 27, 2015) through NetGalley with the understanding that I would publish are review on my blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google + pages along with NetGalley, and .I requested this book because I am have long enjoyed listening to his music. This is the first biography about him that I have read and also the first book by James Kaplan that I have read.This book covers the second half of Frank Sinatra's life starting right after he recei [...]

    12. This is the second volume in Kaplan's two-volume biography of Frank Sinatra. (my review here). The Chairman picks up where The Voice left off - with Sinatra's role as Maggio in From Here to Eternity; the role that resurrected his career and started him on the road, not just to stardom, but to legend. This is the Sinatra at the peak of his vocal powers, recording some 46 plus albums over the next 30 years. It's the Sinatra of My Kind of Town and My Way.It's also the Sinatra of Vegas, the Rat Pack [...]

    13. I highly recommend the Kaplan series on Frank Sinatra, this is the second part of Frank's life and even more packed than the first. I think what Kaplan is able to capture in a better way than most biographers is the true complexity of Sinatra - he wasn't all bad nor was he all good. And what I appreciate is he takes this knowledge and doesn't let it taint the true genius of Sinatra - the musician. Say what you want about the way the guy lived his life, there's more than enough stories from Kapla [...]

    14. The second volume of this massive two-volume definitive biography of Frank Sinatra by James Kaplan is every bit as good as the first volume and a must-read for anyone interested in music of the twentieth Century. This volume covers the period following his winning of the Oscar for "From Here To Eternity," through the peak of his career, to his retirement, re-emergence and death. That said, it mainly covers his peak. Once his most productive years are over, the book speeds up quite a bit through [...]

    15. It's kinda hard to rate something like this. At 900 pages, Kaplan covers a lot of ground, especially in the 50s where this book starts off. Details are covered, almost excruciatingly, and Kaplan writes in a novelesque style that makes this a bit of a page turner. The problem really lies at the end, where the last 30 years of Sinatra's life are covered in a single chapter. A bit of a throw off considering how the author gives a nearly day to day account of the late-50s. Kaplan must have either ra [...]

    16. Sinatra: The Chairman by James Kaplan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October, not 2 months after I'd read Kaplan's first Sinatra tome.This is definitely Sinatra in his prime, but also on the defense from the tabloids, who really (to vaguely quote in a Chairman sort of way) wanted to see him against the ropes and indecisive about himself as well as his own image.

    17. The second volume in a two volume set. Heavy? Yes. You could use the tome as a lifting weight. Excellent writing. He does draw heavily on other resources--Sinatra's life has been done to death. A strange man and a strange life. His end was not so dooby doo.

    18. Such an interesting read on Mr. Sinatras music career as well as his personal life. Hate to say it, but I am not to fond of Barbara, his fourth and final wife.

    19. It appears I came down with a case of Frank Sinatra Fatigue. It's too bad. Mr. Kaplan did a fine job penning his second volume which began with 'Frank: The Voice' published in 2011. You would do yourself a disservice by only reading 'Sinatra: The Chairman'. The first book lays the groundwork for why Ol' Blue Eyes was revered as a singer but also depicted as a major narcissistic A-hole. Reading both volumes is a commitment of a little over 1600 pages. I did not see it as a challenge because I've [...]

    20. Frank Sinatra was a singer, an actor, a legend. He was a generous humanitarian, a kind friend and a loving husband and father.He was also a grown-up street thug who wanted to play with the big Mafia boys, a man with his eye on the prize at every given moment and often a cruel companion to his friends and lovers in moments of embarrassment, stress or humiliation.With all those contradictions to talk about, it's no wonder writer, reviewer and bestselling author James Kaplan's newest biography take [...]

    21. Great book, very readable! Extremely detailed and sometimes repetetive and tiring but the latter are due to Sinatra's horrible behaviour rather than Kaplan's writing. I read both, The Voice and The Chairman, in this year and it was a bit of a task. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a lot. What a great musician and what a nasty little man Sinatra must have been! Many readers didn't like the fact that the last years, basically the time he was married to Barbara Marx, were dealt with in relatively few pag [...]

    22. Five years ago I read James Kaplan’s first volume of his wonderful biography of Frank Sinatra entitled FRANK, THE VOICE. (I have attached my review of that book following this review.) Since I loved that first book I have been looking forward to the second volume which was just published a couple of months ago close to what would have been Sinatra’s one hundredth birthday. Combined Kaplan has amassed a two volume 1,601 page biography of arguably the greatest singer of the 20th Century. Sinat [...]

    23. A truly remarkable telling of Sinatra's life post his Oscar win for From Here To Eternity. Kaplan's research is astonishing and his prose ensures that the pace of the almost 900-page tome never descends into the mire of irrelevant musings. This book, the second of Kaplan's definitive biographies on Sinatra, will be greatly appreciated by fans who understand that the story of any life - and especially so one lived in the lofty environs of mega-stardom - brings with it the good, the bad and some r [...]

    24. You may be thinking "two big volumes on Frank Sinatra, no thanks." It's a lot of material, but it's well-written and really gets inside who other musicians almost universally regarded as a musical genius. Kaplan paints a mostly unflattering portrait, revealing the emotional cripple Sinatra was, and some reasons behind his incessant need for movement and crowds of hangers-on. You also see why his early wonderful performances in some movies ("From Here to Eternity", "The Manchurian Candidate") qui [...]

    25. Great singer, not a very nice man. That's this biography summed up. Not as much focus on the music as in volume one, but a lot more politics, from Kennedy to Reagan. I would have liked a little more Nelson Riddle, a little less Nancy Sinatra, but the book is still fascinating. James Kaplan also leaves plenty of room for a third volume. However, and as with volume one, Ava Gardner again comes out as the true hero of the Frank Sinatra story.

    26. It could have used a bit of editing to shorten it down, but this second in a two-part series on Sinatra's life is a complete picture of his successes and failures, his personality and his character. Kaplan pulls few punches, though he leaves it to the reader to decide whether Sinatra is a man to admire or revile, or somewhere in between.

    27. One of my most memorable experiences in really getting into reading in a way I had never done before was when I read James Kaplan's first half of his Sinatra biography titled Frank: The Voice. This was in about 2010 or 2011 near the book's release date, and I had just recently at the age of 14 been converted from total obsession with rock n roll to total obsession with swing and jazz music (thanks to the Fallout video game series). I especially loved the great swing and pop singers, and I rightl [...]

    28. It would be hard to find a better and more comprehensive biography of Frank Sinatra than this. Sometimes the minutiae of irrelevant stories makes you speed read, but it's mostly juicy tales of one of the most popular entertainers of our time.

    29. Já tinha lido a primeira parte da biografia de Frank Sinatra, de James Kaplan, um grande volume de mais ou menos 800 páginas. Eis que o segundo é maior, tem quase 1100 só de texto! (sem contar notas, bibliografia e etc) No entanto, esse volume foi mais fluído que o primeiro, eu achei. O primeiro termina quando Sinatra ganha seu primeiro Oscar porA um passo da eternidade , filme de 1954. Bacana, as músicas comentadas até ali, do tempo em que as Big Bands eram moda, parecem um tanto mais di [...]

    30. Would you like to spend a month reading about the women Sinatra slept with and the men he feuded with?ByArmen Pandolaon January 24, 2017If you spend over 900 pages telling me the story of 16 years somebody's life, the somebody had better be FDR during his presidency or Alexander The Great when he conquered the known world. As a Sinatra fan (I have ALL of Sinatra's recording with Columbia, Capitol and Reprise) I welcomed the few insights and stories about the making of the best popular music of o [...]

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