LIFE The Rat Pack: The Original Bad Boys

LIFE The Rat Pack The Original Bad Boys They weren t the original bad boys Humphrey Bogart s Rat Pack of nocturnal revelers came before Frank Sinatra s but they were the famous ones Sinatra Dean Martin Sammy Davis Jr Joey Bishop Peter La

  • Title: LIFE The Rat Pack: The Original Bad Boys
  • Author: James Kaplan LIFE Magazine
  • ISBN: 9781618930606
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • LIFE The Rat Pack: The Original Bad Boys

    They weren t the original bad boys Humphrey Bogart s Rat Pack of nocturnal revelers came before Frank Sinatra s but they were the famous ones Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and a host of hangers on and wannabes, male and female In Las Vegas, a city that really did never sleep, and in Hollywood, where they teamed up in matinee movies higThey weren t the original bad boys Humphrey Bogart s Rat Pack of nocturnal revelers came before Frank Sinatra s but they were the famous ones Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and a host of hangers on and wannabes, male and female In Las Vegas, a city that really did never sleep, and in Hollywood, where they teamed up in matinee movies highlighted by the original Ocean s Eleven, they cut quite a swath through the 60s a martini fueled adult answer to the Beatles and all else that was happening LIFE was there to document all of the fun and frolic John Dominis was sent out on the Sinatra beat, and grew to know and appreciate the singer, an avocational photographer who eventually allowed Dominis into his world the world of the Rat Pack Dominis s hundreds of images are, today, something of an historical or sociological document So many stars from so many spheres were at table with the core of the clan as the boys actually called themselves Shirley MacLaine, Jackie Gleason, Bing Crosby, President Kennedy, maybe the mob They are all in this book, as are other Rat Pack intrigues Sinatra expelling Lawford or Davis for perceived slights, the raucous hotel parties at the Sands and elsewhere The sixties were swinging indeed when the Rat Pack was in town In this volume, the Pack is back.

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    1. Amy

      Well, it's Life. So, yes. There are lots of black and white pictures, but there is also a great history written alongside.I learned A LOT, and by the way, the ORIGINAL Rat Pack included Humphrey Bogart, and this is talked about in the book. Reading about some of the "groupies" (both male & female) was just as interesting -- Shirley Maclaine, Judy Garland, Sid Luft, Kirk Douglas (although not really), Angie Dickinson, Steve Lawrence, John F. Kennedy, etc.It was also interesting to read about [...]

    2. Shannon

      If you've read actress Lauren Bacall's wonderful memoir By Myself than you already know The Rat Pack was named by Bacall in reference to her husband Humphrey Bogart and his Los Angeles friends. Life's The Rat Pack begins with Bogart and ends decades later with the deaths of Sammy Davis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. The golden years of The Rat Pack were the early 1960's at the Sands Casino in Las Vegas and Life digs deep into their vaults for pictures of the celebrities and groupies from Chicag [...]

    3. Ceejay

      This is a quick and enjoyable read. And, because it's from Life Magazine, there are tons of great photos.This book did help to justify my feelings about Frank Sinatra. The man may have been one of the great voices of the 20th Century,but he was also one of the great jerks of the 20th Century. There is a section in this book about the 1960 presidential campaign which is fascinating.

    4. Ruth

      Enjoyable overview if this almost-mythical, contradictory group of entertainers. And of course, since this was produced by LIFE, fantastic photographs to accompany the narrative. Need to set aside time this summer for some of their full biographies.

    5. Shasta

      Pictures = GreatFacts = GreatRat Pack music playing while I read = EssentialA fun read = AbsolutelyWishing I could travel back in time = You know it, baby

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