Sinatra! The Song Is You

Sinatra! The Song Is You
Sinatra! The Song Is You

Sinatra! The Song Is You

A Singer's Art
By Will Friedwald, Foreword by Tony Bennett


640 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $26.99 (CA $35.99) (US $26.99)

ISBN 9781613737705

Rights: US, CA & MX

Chicago Review Press (May 2018)


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The seminal book on Frank Sinatra's music, thoroughly revised and updated
Frank Sinatra was the greatest entertainer of his age, invigorating American popular song with innovative phrasing and a mastery of drama and emotion. Drawing upon interviews with hundreds of his collaborators as well as with “The Voice” himself, this book chronicles, critiques, and celebrates his five-decade career. Will Friedwald examines and evaluates all the classic and less familiar songs with the same astute, witty perceptions that earned him acclaim for his other books about jazz and pop singing. Now completely revised and updated, and including an authoritative discography and rare photos of recording sessions and performances, Sinatra! The Song Is You is an invaluable resource for enthusiasts and an unparalleled guide through Sinatra’s vast musical legacy.


"[This] is the most important book published about Frank Sinatra to date." —Terry Teachout, New York Times Book Review

"Friedwald is certainly the man for the job, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Sinatra's work and a superb gift for describing it. . . . Sinatra's career has provided the soundtrack for a good part of our [era]. And better than any previous writer, Friedwald helps to explain why." —Jazz Times

"Sinatra intersected with so many of America's leading songwriters, band leaders, arrangers, and instrumentalists that a thorough exploration of his music amounts to a huge slice of American pop history. This is what Friedwald has produced in Sinatra! The Song Is You. . . . [He] brings to his topic a potent mixture of historical knowledge, musical insight, and descriptive color. The book makes a compelling case for the preeminence of [Sinatra as] an artist. . . . One's appreciation for almost any Sinatra album, even the most egregious turkeys of his later years, will be enhanced by listening to them with the author's comments close at hand." —Stephen Holden, New York Times

"Musicians will appreciate the author's informed appraisals. . . . Many of the small details will fascinate Sinatra fans." —Choice

"Friedwald's book is the most important and complete documentary of popular American music. . . . It shows that Sinatra alone is the president of all the popular American singers." —Tony Bennett

"A man with unexcelled knowledge of American popular song, Friedwald looks intensively at the career of The Voice. . . . Along with the serious analysis there's a plentitude of great trivia. . . . This excellent volume is indispensible as a companion to Sinatra's recordings." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Perceptive, colorful, and prodigiously researched." —Publishers Weekly

"A stimulating guide to Sinatra as an artist." —Los Angeles Times

Author Biography

Will Friedwald is the author of Stardust Melodies, A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, and The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, among others. Tony Bennett is a world-renowned singer of standards, pop, and jazz, and the winner of 19 Grammy Awards. He is the author of five books and the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. He lives in New York City.