05 de novembro de 2010 | 08h08
“Frank: The Voice” is a timely reminder of what all the fuss over Sinatra was about in the first place. In this respect, Mr. Kaplan follows in the footsteps of Peter Guralnick, whose magisterial two-volume biography of Elvis Presley was a landmark excavation of the artist from the dead-celebrity junk pile. Striking a similar, though more stylized, note, Mr. Kaplan offers a retelling of the early life of Francis Albert that illuminates the incredible-but-true origins of a 20th-century phenomenon.
By limiting the book’s scope to Sinatra’s first four decades, Mr. Kaplan steers clear of the shenanigans that dominated the later years, from the antics of the Rat Pack to the toupéed lounge-lizard act caricatured by comedians like Joe Piscopo. It also allows for the book’s five-act dramatic structure, charting Sinatra’s stunning rise to the top and equally stunning fall from grace and his unlikely comeback from the brink of personal and professional disaster.