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Rat Pack Confidential : Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party

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Rat Pack Confidential : Frank, Dean, Sammy, Peter, Joey and the Last Great Show Biz Party

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"Rat Pack Confidential" offers an "exuberant, opinionated, and irreverent" ("San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle") look at Frank Sinatra and company during the heyday of the group. of photos. Radio giveaways.

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"Rat Pack Confidential" offers an "exuberant, opinionated, and irreverent" ("San Francisco Sunday Examiner and Chronicle") look at Frank Sinatra and company during the heyday of the group. of photos. Radio giveaways. For the first time, the full story of what happened when Frank brought his best pals to party in a land called Vegas

January 1960. Las Vegas is at its smooth, cool peak. The Strip is a jet-age theme park, and the greatest singer in the history of American popular music summons a group of friends there to make a movie. One is an insouciant singer of Italian songs, ex-partner to the most popular film comedian of the day. One is a short, black, Jewish, one-eyed, singing, dancing wonder. One is an upper-crust British pretty boy turned degenerate B-movie star actor, brother-in-law to an ascendant politician. And one is a stiff-shouldered comic with the quintessential Borscht Belt emcee’s knack for needling one-liners. The architectonically sleek marquee of the Sands Hotel announces their presence simply by listing their names: FRANK SINATRA. DEAN MARTIN. SAMMY DAVIS, JR. PETER LAWFORD. JOEY BISHOP. Around them an entire cast gathers: actors, comics, singers, songwriters, gangsters, politicians, and women, as well as thousands of starstruck everyday folks who fork over pocketfuls of money for the privilege of basking in their presence. They call themselves The Clan. But to an awed world, they are known as The Rat Pack.

They had it all. Fame. Gorgeous women. A fabulouse playground of a city and all the money in the world. The backing of fearsome crime lords and the blessing of the President of the United States. But the dark side–over the thin line between pleasure and debauchery, between swinging self-confidence and brutal arrogance–took its toll. In four years, their great ride was over, and showbiz was never the same.

Acclaimed Jerry Lewis biographer Shawn Levy has written a dazzling portrait of a time when neon brightness cast sordid shadows. It was Frank’s World, and we just lived in it.

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Publisher
Crown/Archetype
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
368
Author
Shawn Levy
ISBN-13
9780385495769
Publication Date
July, 1999
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.20 x 5.48 x 0.76 Inches
ISBN-10
0385495765
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A most enjoyable read. A

A most enjoyable read. A fascinating look about these great legends.

A most enjoyable read. A

A most enjoyable read. A fascinating look about these great legends.

Good job of capturing the

Good job of capturing the flavor of the times. The breezy, hip writing style helps make you feel you are there in 1960's Vegas.

Enjoyable, if elaborately

Enjoyable, if elaborately written, biography detailing the lives of the Rat Pack. The main concentration is on Frank Sinatra and the book suffers because of this.

The Sinatra Martini. It's

The Sinatra Martini. It's vivid blue and composed of I don't know what, but it made me think of this book and how these dudes made everyday vices so electrifyingly cool. Swingers. This book has an unfortunate tendency to focus on Ol' Blue Eyes, which isn't bad as he's The Leader, but it would have been nice to get much more on his cohorts. It's a great intro to folks discovering their style and a Vegas some of us never knew.I used spirits for medicinal purposes only.I manufactured it for medicinal purposes only.And then I started drinking what I manufactured, and I drank myself out of a hell of a business...for medicinal purposes only. ('Mr. Booze' from ROBIN AND THE SEVEN HOODS)Sammy with his wicked early 1960s suits, Dean-NO with his innate sense of wicked humor, Lawford with his wicked bizarreness, Bishop with his wicked sarcasm, and Frankie with his wicked vocal chops...ice cubes swimming along before assassinations changed the world.Dean: You'd think they'd put a little heat in this room, I'm freezing.Frank: Take your hand out of the ice bucket.Dean: Oh.Book Season = Summer (fly me to the moon)
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