Sunday, October 11, 2015
What better way to mark the centennial of an icon’s birth than this lush richly detailed volume created with the wholehearted participation of Frank Sinatra’s three children, his friends and colleagues? For many of us it seems only yesterday that a singer shortly to be known as The Voice captured the hearts of millions of teenagers who never dreamed that he was an entertainer of such amazing talent that he would become an Academy Award winning actor and one of the best selling recording artists of all time. But he did this and more, and he did it in spades.
Sinatra 100 details all of this beginning with the bobby-soxer riots in the 1940s to his estimable recording and film career to the Rat Pack and days (nights) in Las Vegas. Holding never before seen photos plus ones we well remember and memorabilia much of which as never been published. There are over 400 illustrations both in color and black and white. The intriguing text is based on personal interviews and conversations with Sinatra himself as well as with family and friends. In addition you’ll find not to be missed forewords by Tony Bennett and Steve Wynn.
The book itself is large, coffee table size (approx. 11" by 14"), but how else to try to capture such an iconic figure? Numerous exhibitions, symposiums, film screening, recordings and concerts are planned in cities throughout the world to mark the centennial of Sinatra’s birth - Sinatra 100 is a book you can keep to remember and enjoy for years to come.