Roman candle: the life of Bobby Darin

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[2004]
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A sensitive, startling portrait of the legendary singer-timed to hit stores just as the Kevin Spacey movie Beyond the Sea has kindled intense new interest in every aspect of Darin's life and tragically early death. By age 8 Bobby Darin knew he was doomed to die young. So he set out to become a showbiz legend by age 25. From his Grammy-winning smash hit "Mack the Knife" to his Oscar-nominated supporting role in Captain Newman, M.D., Darin left his mark on every aspect of show business that he touched. Now, 32 years after his death at age 37, we finally have an elegantly written, multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist. Author David Evanier has: o Interviewed all the key principals in the Darin saga and culled rare photographs from the singer's closest friends o Pored through scores of videotapes, audiotapes, recordings, documents, and films o Re-created the rock-and-roll and Broadway show- business milieus of the 1950s that Darin emerged from, and the sharply changing musical, political, and cultural world of the 1960s that had such a profound impact on him. The result is a moving, insightful portrait of one of the greatest-and most complex-performers in the history of American entertainment, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.
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display_description"Compelling and revealing ... Raman Candle gives us the many lives of one of the great entertainers of all time, whose flame was extinguished way too soon."--Kevin Spacey. A performer who rivaled Sinatra, Bobby Darin rose from dire poverty to become one of the biggest stars of his generation. Dogged by chronic illness, he knew that time was not on his side, and so, in a career full of dizzying twists and turns, he did it all, moving from teen idol to Vegas song-and-dance man, from hipster to folkie and back. In Roman Candle, David Evanier offers a multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, including the dark side of his celebrated marriage to America's sweetheart, Sandra Dee, and the incredible family secret that tore him apart at the end. "In Roman Candle, David Evanier relates the Bobby Darin story with empathy and insight. His chronicle of the triumphs and vicissitudes of Bobby's star-crossed life is packed with illuminating details and a pageturning seductiveness. Here is the ultimate tribute to the life and times of a true American original."--Jerry Wexler, legendary producer, Atlantic Records, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Informed by scores of interviews with Darin's friends and associates and written in no-nonsense, just-the-facts prose. Evanier's book paints a picture of a ruthlessly ambitious musician ... Sinatra may have had the bragging rights to `My Way, ' but Darin lived out the lyrics."--Publishers Weekly. "This biography percolates with cool ... [Evanier has] written a book so charged with intimacy, so heartbreakingly ebullient with life, that you feel that any moment the pages are about to snap their fingers and break into song."--Caroline Leavitt, The Boston Globe. "Darin has been the subject of several books: most notable is this new examination of the singer's life and work by David Evanier ... Evanier's portrait, true to its title, is one of a bright talent that soared quickly and erupted in a flash of glory."--David Hajdu, The Atlantic Monthly. "Music fans are liable to be surprised by the Bobby Darin mania sparked by Kevin Spacey's sunny new film biography. For the slightly darker took at Darin, hole up for the holidays with Roman Candle, the latest book about Darin's rollercoaster life."--Janet Maslin, "Top Ten List of Books for Gifts" (2004), The New York Times --Book Jacket.
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subject_facetBIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Composers & Musicians
Biographies
Biography
Darin, Bobby
Electronic books
MUSIC -- Printed Music -- General
Singers
Singers -- United States -- Biography
United States
title_displayRoman candle : the life of Bobby Darin
title_fullRoman candle : the life of Bobby Darin / David Evanier
Roman candle [electronic resource] : the life of Bobby Darin / David Evanier
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Darin, Bobby
General
MUSIC
Printed Music
Singers