By (author) Chris Rojek
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Frank Sinatra by Chris Rojek
Book DescriptionFrank Sinatra was only one of a handful of popular entertainers who dominated Western popular culture for six decades. From his early fame as a the Voicea in the early 1940s, through to the high rolling, fast living a Rat Packa era, to the protracted Lear--like farewell tours of his twilight years, Sinatra was the epitome of cool. This compelling, consistently insightful book portrays Sinatra in his many contradictory hues of ambition, generosity, menace and vituperation. The book asks why Sinatraa s public character which mixed insufferable hauteur with soapy populism and nobility with the lowest kind of vindictive violence proved so enduring with the Western public? What model of masculinity was Sinatra projecting? Why did his recordings, concert performances and film work persuade audiences that he was really talking to them alone? What does his career tell us about the relationship between celebrity and popular culture? Sinatra may not have found his Boswell with this study, but our understanding of him will never be the same again. Rojeka s is the first book to take Sinatraa s cultural significance seriously. It is a landmark work in our understanding of celebrity and popular culture. The book will be of interest to students of Cultural, Media and Communication Studies, Sociology and, most of all, anyone who has bought a Sinatra recording or seen a Sinatra film.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745630908
(237mm x 158mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 29-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Chris Rojek
Presumed Intimacy: Parasocial Interaction in Media, Society and Celebrity Culture, Paperback (October 2015)
* This engaging book examines how the ease with which modern social and media networks create a sense of intimacy which can be exploited by media, politicians and authority * An intriguing thesis on how media creates relations where we are constant watchers of the lives of others.
Politics of Jean-Francois Lyotard, Paperback (February 2014)
This edited collection of essays brings together the leading experts in their field of study to tackle many of the questions still being asked about Jean Francois Lyotard. Contributors include Barry Smart, John O'Neill and Victor J. Seidler.
Event Power, Paperback (February 2013)
A critical and controversial exploration of global events. Looking at examples such as the Olympic games and Live Aid, acclaimed sociologist Chris Rojek suggests that these kind of events are really about power, manipulation and social control.
Fame Attack, Paperback (November 2011)» View all books by Chris Rojek
The follow up to the hugely successful Celebrity, this is an analysis of celebrity culture today. In 2001, the phenomenon of Jade Goody and reality TV shows was in its infancy. Now, Rojek explores celebrity engineering, technologies of fame creation and issues of loneliness and uncertainty. It is set to become the benchmark in the field.
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Author Biography - Chris Rojek
Chris Rojek is Professor of Sociology and Culture in the Department of English, Media and Communications at Nottingham Trent University.
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