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Frank Sinatra and Popular Culture

Author : Professor of English and American Studies Leonard Mustazza
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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 of 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 cultural trendsetter, the many contributions of Frank Sinatra are here examined and brought to life.

Frank Sinatra and Popular Culture

Author : Leonard Mustazza
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Frank Sinatra and Popular Culture

Author : Professor of English and American Studies Leonard Mustazza
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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 of 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 cultural trendsetter, the many contributions of Frank Sinatra are here examined and brought to life.

Frank Sinatra

Author : Chris Rojek
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Sinatra may not have found his Boswell with this study, but our understanding of him will never be the same again. Rojek's is the first book to take Sinatra's cultural significance seriously. It is a landmark work in our understanding of celebrity and popu.

This is the Sound of Irony Music Politics and Popular Culture

Author : Katherine L. Turner
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The use of irony in music is just beginning to be defined and critiqued, although it has been used, implied and decried by composers, performers, listeners and critics for centuries. Irony in popular music is especially worthy of study because it is pervasive, even fundamental to the music, the business of making music and the politics of messaging. Contributors to this collection address a variety of musical ironies found in the ’notes themselves,’ in the text or subtext, and through performance, reception and criticism. The chapters explore the linkages between irony and the comic, the tragic, the remembered, the forgotten, the co-opted, and the resistant. From the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, through America, Europe and Asia, this provocative range of ironies course through issues of race, religion, class, the political left and right, country, punk, hip hop, folk, rock, easy listening, opera and the technologies that make possible our pop music experience. This interdisciplinary volume creates new methodologies and applies existing theories of irony to musical works that have made a cultural or political impact through the use of this most multifaceted of devices.

Popular Culture

Author : Nick Hunter
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What was 'skiffle'? How did technology change the look and design of everyday things during the 1940s and 1950s? With Disney and Elvis Presley, Teddy Boys and Marilyn Monroe, this was the era where popular culture really came into its own! Here, readers can find out how fashion, music, and movies changed after WWII.

Frank ly Dickens

Author : Patricia Vinci
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´Frank'ly Dickens´ is based on comparative stories taken from the lives of Charles Dickens and Frank Sinatra - two men who stand alone in popular culture in their respective representation of the century and the country that they lived in. What was so "Frank" about Charles Dickens? Practically everything,as you'll find out in this book,which leaves the reader wondering whether Frank Sinatra really was Charles Dickens,or if they had merely lived the same myth, as the author claims. Twenty years after PBS first aired the six-hour television series, ´The Power of Myth,´ with Joseph Campbell, the series remains one of PBS's most popular reruns, with the subject of myth still captivating viewing audiences. This story of a shared myth between two famous men whose lives were, and increasingly continue to be, an open book, serves to remind us that we don't always have to look to the ancient myths to gain insights into life. Charles Dickens and Frank Sinatra serve as perfect models of observation in demonstrating how myth operates in the universe in a span of two centuries. This blending of biography, history, and journalism with esoteric thought - all in the context of myth makes the subject of this book a totally original one; a new myth created by the author to help us tune in to some of the lessons of the Cosmos. "The idea of ´Frank'ly Dickens´ is brilliant and the execution is perfect: Patricia Vinci writes American! Her story is clear and precise, breezy and bright. Best of all, she offers something original for all of us to think about and believe in. I loved it! " - Cedric Charles Dickens "Keen observation on the part of Ms. Vinci - who weaves a fascinating tale, while presenting inexplicable parallels in the lives of these two men - invites us to look at reality in a new way. Frank Sinatra would be complimented by this comparison to Charles Dickens. This shared myth theory is probably the most original thing written about the singer since his death." - Frank Waters, a former editor at The New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times

Frank Sinatra

Author : Jeanne Thomas Fuchs
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For nearly sixty years, Frank Sinatra (1915-98) triumphed in concert, in the recording studio, on television, and on the big screen, refashioning his image to suit the temper of the times. Sinatra did it "his way," remaining both elusive and alluring, and appealing to men and women alike. This collection analyzes the qualities that ensured Sinatra's staying power: his impeccable musicality, his charisma, his tough-mindedness, and even his peccadilloes. The contributors to this volume evaluate Sinatra's impact on all areas of entertainment, and examine many of the cultural forces he influenced and was influenced by, including Bing Crosby, Elvis, the "Beats," the Beatles, and Rock 'n' Roll. What emerges is a portrait of an artist, entertainment icon, and legendary symbol of popular culture. This appreciation of the Sinatra phenomenon celebrates his enduring impact on American entertainment and cultural life. CONTRIBUTORS: BLAINE ALLAN, SAMUEL L. CHELL, DAVID FINCK, JOSEPH FIORAVANTI, JEANNE FUCHS, PHILIP FURIA, ROGER GILBERT, RUTH PRIGOZY, WALTER RAUBICHECK, LISA JO SAGOLLA, RON SIMON, ARNOLD JAY SMITH, JAMES F. SMITH, PATRIC M. VERRONE, DAVID WILD Jeanne Fuchs is professor emerita of comparative literature and languages at Hofstra University; Ruth Prigozy is professor of English at Hofstra University.

American Legends

Author : Charles River Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures. *Includes some of Sinatra's most famous and colorful quotes. *Includes a Bibliography for further reading. "May you live to be 100 and may the last voice you hear be mine." - Frank Sinatra A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known. America has always celebrated its star entertainers, but Frank Sinatra remains a unique American legend. A pop culture fixture for over half a century, Sinatra's music is still cherished, and his persona remains its own archetype of the quintessential American star. Sinatra transcended genres to the extent that his music stands alone as its own kind of American music, with songs like "New York, New York," "Chicago," and "Come Fly With Me" instantly recognizable among all Americans. Of course, there was also the life that went with the music. The cultural identity of the Rat Pack, epitomized in the 1960 film Ocean's Eleven, further contributed to his fame, and everyone knows and appreciates the image of easy living, smooth voice and exuberant star power that Sinatra represents. If anything, Sinatra's ability to make so many people feel happy and good about themselves was one of the main ingredients of his success. And as evidence of the fact that Americans don't mind their stars doing a little dirt, Sinatra's rap sheet and relationship with the mob are practically a celebrated part of his life. Given his almost universal appeal, it is easy to forget that Sinatra did not always enjoy strong popularity during his career. He had a meteoric rise to fame, but he also suffered a terrible mid-career slump in popularity and was forced to work hard to reinvent his public image. In a sense, the many changes to his public identity only make him even more American; the American public loves an underdog figure, and during his rise back to fame Sinatra came to embody the struggling American hero. The many transformations that Sinatra made throughout his career were necessary to cement his legacy as an unshakable American icon. American Legends: The Life of Frank Sinatra looks at the life, career and legacy of Ol' Blue Eyes. Along with pictures of important people, places and events in his life, you will learn about Sinatra like you never have before, in no time at all.

Strategic Reinvention in Popular Culture

Author : Richard Pfefferman
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Not all original works invoke the encore impulse in their audiences. Those that do generally spawn replications - sequels, spin-offs, or re-makes. This book presents a theory of why some replications succeed and others fail across genres and media.