This unique book is published to coincide with the centenary of Frank Sinatra who was born on 12th December 1915. One For My Baby tells the Frank Sinatra story with a twist: Sinatra's life and art is seen through his infamous appetite for booze. Stories, legends, anecdotes and undisputed facts place Sinatra's relationship with alcohol firmly at the centre of his life, his character and art. Exploring Sinatra's favourite watering holes, from legendary saloons Toots Shor's to Villa Capri, One For My Baby takes us through the singer's life with features on famous drinking buddies like Humphrey Bogart and the Rat Pack. The book has chapters on Sinatra's drinking lore and traditions, hangover cures, exotic booze, the Martini, classic Bourbon drinks and over thirty detailed cocktail recipes. An ideal gift for Sinatra fans and cocktail aficionados, One For My Baby is truly something special.
'A fantastic book. I’d love to open it on Christmas Day. I give the book overall eight out of ten and every single cocktail ten out of ten.' – Jill Adams, Louder Than Words festival organizer.Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, which uses the power of music to transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities.
TOM SMITH, author of One For My Baby, is a native of Liverpool who studied English at the University of East Anglia. Having graduated, Smith performed throughout the 1980s with cult bands the Cas Carnaby Five, The Fire Hydrant Men and as front man for Gee Mr. Tracy. After a dozen years as manager for various independent record labels he became a freelance writer, producing biographies of Blondie and the Ramones and specializing in music journalism. He also branched out in to radio drama and screenplay writing. His commissions include a BBC radio drama based on the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As an artist his work has appeared on various albums, posters and singles covers, and he has exhibited with his wife Helen under the joint monicker The Smiths. His 2011 exhibition Jockey Full of Bourbon featured paintings of Tom Waits, Elvis and Frank Sinatra.
|Date Published||10th December 2015|