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The Rat Pack | Reel Art Press

Taken from The Rat Pack published by Reel Art Press

© 1978 BOB WILLOUGHBY/MPTVIMAGES.COM

Frank Sinatra’s legendary clique defined life in the fast lane throughout the late fifties and early sixties, dominating American culture and epitomising a life of cocktails, love affairs and Hollywood glamour.

For the first time, a lavishly illustrated Rat Pack retrospective, featuring an incredible number of previously unseen images, is available from specialist entertainment art publishers, Reel Art Press.

A select group of photographers, including men such as Sid Avery and Bob Willoughby, captured the Rat Pack in their heyday. Many of the images they produced have been largely stored away, many even undeveloped. For the first time, access to these shots has been made possible to produce one deluxe 450 page collector’s edition.

The Rat Pack is the definitive book on Frank, Dean, Sammy and co. tearing up Hollywood and Las Vegas with an extended cast including Marilyn Monroe and JFK. Fifty years on from the year many refer to as the Year of the Rat Pack, 1960, and their influence endures. Shooting Oceans 11 by day, performing at the Sands by night and sweating out the sour mash in the sauna in between, The Rat Pack includes behind the scenes footage at the JFK Presidential inauguration and house parties with Ava Gardener and Marilyn Monroe.

With a foreword and in-depth text by author and leading Rat Pack aficionado Shawn Levy, this numbered print run of just 2250, The Rat Pack is the first collectable photographic book on the men whose appeal transcends generations and who remain the epitome of cool.

“I’ve been looking at pictures of Sinatra and the Rat Pack my whole life, and spent scores of hours doing photo research for my book on them, and I was floored by the material that has been gathered for this book – truly never-before-seen images with real revelation about the deeds and events and personalities that made up this amazing time.” Shawn Levy

 

Taken from The Rat Pack published by Reel Art Press

© 1978 BOB WILLOUGHBY/MPTVIMAGES.COM

 

 

The Rat Pack is available from leading bookshops and at www.reelartpress.com.

Selected Coverage

The Guardian – 7 October 2010

ShortList – 13 October 2010

LA Times – 25 October 2010

Fox News – 27 October 2010

Sky News – 24 October 2010

GQ – 16 November 2010

LA Times – 16 January 2011

Daily Telegraph – 20 January 2011

Daily Mail – 21 January 2011

Luxxist – January 2011