Amore : The Story Of Italian American Song by Mark Rotella
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Amore: A Celebration of Italian American Music and Culture
Step back in time to the “Italian decade” through the pages of Mark Rotella’s captivating book “Amore.” Delve into the years following World War II, before the Beatles took the stage, when captivating crooners like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett stole the hearts of the American public with their smooth, stylish, and classy brand of popular music.
Rotella expertly weaves together the stories behind forty classic Italian American songs, revealing how this magnificent musical tradition became the soundtrack of postwar America and an expression of the timeless sense of style we still cherish today. From beloved tunes like “O Sole Mio,” “Night and Day,” and “Mack the Knife,” to crowd favorites such as “Volare” and “I Wonder Why,” each melody connects us to a bygone era.
Travel alongside Rotella as he takes you on a journey from the opera houses and piazzas of southern Italy to the vibrant barrooms of the Bronx and Hoboken, and on to iconic venues like the Copacabana, the Paramount Theatre, and the legendary Vegas Strip. Through gripping storytelling, you’ll meet the hardworking musicians whose velvety voices became de rigueur on jukeboxes and radio waves, and whose names have become synonymous with Italian American success, despite the challenges they faced due to stereotypes and prejudice.
More than just a personal Top 40 list compiled by a proud son of Italy, “Amore” is a heartfelt love song dedicated to Italian American culture and a nostalgic tribute to an era that resonates with us all. It’s a musical journey that immerses us in the rich heritage of Italian Americans and invites us to revel in the magic of a time long gone.