574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

574: Sinatra’s 100th Birthday

Dec 11, 2015
For Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday: stories, tributes, and attempts to understand the Chairman of the Board.

An updated version of an episode originally broadcast back in 1997.
  • Michael Ventura, who grew up Sicilian in New York, says that as a kid he thought Sinatra was in his family. His book The Death of Frank Sinatra is not really about Sinatra. It's about men like Ventura, who drew part of their style and sense of self from Frank. He reads from the only section in the book where Sinatra actually appears: an account of a Sinatra concert, circa 1994. He says he wanted to write about the older Sinatra because the older Sinatra contains all the ages of Sinatra. All of them come forward when he sings. (11 minutes) Music

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