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Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, madness, and the mob, Matt Birkbeck

Label
Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, madness, and the mob
Title
Deconstructing Sammy
Title remainder
music, money, madness, and the mob
Statement of responsibility
Matt Birkbeck
Title variation
Sammy
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But depite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of it ever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife Altovise, a once-vivacious woman and heir to one of the greatest entertainment legacies of the twentieth century, was living in poverty, and with nowhere lese to go, she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Davis, a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history. Matt Birkbeck's serious work of investigative journalism unveils the extraordinary story of an international celebrity at the center of a confluence of entertainment, politics, and organized crime, and shows how even Sammy's outsized talent couldn't save him from himself."--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Birkbeck, Matt
Dewey number
  • 792.7028092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN2287.D322
LC item number
B57 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Davis, Sammy
  • Entertainers
  • African American entertainers
Label
Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, madness, and the mob, Matt Birkbeck
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn191930066
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780061450662
Lccn
2009277176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, [8] pages of plates
System control number
(OCoLC)191930066
Label
Deconstructing Sammy : music, money, madness, and the mob, Matt Birkbeck
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn191930066
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
280 pages
Isbn
9780061450662
Lccn
2009277176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, [8] pages of plates
System control number
(OCoLC)191930066

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