December 12th marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the iconic Frank Sinatra. Although best known for his timeless music and distinctive voice, Sinatra was much more than a popular vocal artist. In addition to his 11 Grammy Awards, he was an Academy Award-winning actor, with a film career spanning five decades. Aptly nicknamed “Chairman of the Board” and “The Entertainer of the Century” (not to mention “Ol’ Blue Eyes”), Sinatra is still at the forefront of popular culture to this day.
Fitting for such an accomplished man, we have gathered works celebrating Sinatra’s legacy in various forms of media: DVDs of his best movies, CDs of his most memorable songs, and books exploring all aspects of his life and career. James Kaplan investigates the effects of Sinatra’s signature sounds in both FRANK: THE VOICE and SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN (the latter picks up on his career from the day after he won his Academy Award for From Here to Eternity in 1954), and David Wills offers details of Sinatra the actor in THE CINEMATIC LEGACY OF FRANK SINATRA (which will be published in January 2016), to name just a few of the items on this bookshelf commemorating a legendary pop culture icon.