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The Story of Italian American Song

Mark Rotella

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ISBN 10: 0865476985 / ISBN 13: 9780865476981
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2010
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover, 300 pages in fine condition with near fine dustjacket. 1st edition, 1st printing, signed by the author on the tittle page. This is a celebration of the music of the "Italian decade" - the years after World War II and before the Beatles when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett, among others, won the hearts of the American public with a smooth, stylish, classy brand of pop. The story of how they came to occupy pride of place in our musical life is fully told here. Photos.; 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 005293

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Title: The Story of Italian American Song

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Amore  is Mark Rotella’s celebration of the “Italian decade”—the years after the war and before the Beatles when Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett, among others, won the hearts of the American public with a smooth, stylish, classy brand of pop. In Rotella’s vivid telling, the stories behind forty Italian American classics (from “O Sole Mio,” “Night and Day,” and “Mack the Knife” to “Volare” and “I Wonder Why”) show how a glorious musical tradition became the sound track of postwar America and the expression of a sense of style that we still cherish.  Rotella follows the music from the opera houses and piazzas of southern Italy, to the barrooms of the Bronx and Hoboken, to the Copacabana, the Paramount Theatre, and the Vegas Strip. He shows us the hardworking musicians whose voices were to become ubiquitous on jukeboxes and the radio and whose names—some anglicized, some not—have become bywords for Italian American success, even as they were dogged by stereotypes and prejudice.

Amore is the personal Top 40 of one proud son of Italy; it is also a love song to Italian American culture and an evocation of an age that belongs to us all.

About the Author:

Mark Rotella is the author of Stolen Figs and Other Adventures in Calabria (NPP, 2003). A senior reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and their two children.

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