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Roman Candle
The Life of Bobby Darin
Roman Candle
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David Evanier - Author
Excelsior Editions
Price: $19.95 
Paperback - 256 pages
Release Date: August 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3458-8
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3458-2

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A multilayered portrait of this brash, gifted artist, whose restless voice and spirit seem as alive today as ever.

“Compelling and revealing … Roman 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 page-turning 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 look 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

David Evanier is a prize-winning writer whose work has appeared in New York Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, and The Village Voice, among others. His previous books include Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story; Who’s Sorry Now: The True Story of a Stand-Up Guy (with Joe Pantaliano); and The Great Kisser, a novel. Former fiction editor of The Paris Review, he has received the Aga Khan Fiction Prize, the McGinniss-Ritchie Short Fiction Award, and residence fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Faster Than the Speed of Life

1. The Hidden Child

2. A “Scrawny Thing”

3. The Nerve of a Burglar

4. Splish Splash

5. The Comet Ride

6. The Big Time

7. The SHTARKER

8. The Genius

9. The Chameleon

10. A Higher Calling

11. Slip-Sliding Away

12. The Lost Chord

13. Whirling Dervish

14. Roman Candle

15. The Curtain Falls

The Best of Bobby: A Selected Guide

Acknowledgments


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