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AVAILABLE EXPERT – World celebrates 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra

Friday, December 11, 2015

Queen’s University film and mass culture expert Blaine Allan is available to comment on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra on Saturday, December 12.

“Over the course of his life and career, Frank Sinatra embodied the contradictions of a twentieth-century American man,” says Dr. Allen. “In song, in movies, on television and radio, and in the news, he was sensitive and coarse, naïve and knowing, progressive and retrograde, confessional and detached, approachable and alienating.  He was created within the age and orbit of modern media, and he thrived there, using the airwaves, sound recordings, and moving pictures to broadcast to millions highly individualized emotion and intimacy.

“He did what he did seemingly without effort, but also with skill obviously drawn from endless hours and many years of practicing his craft and shaping his style. Over his eight decades he changed as the times did, adopting different musical forms, from the band singer of his youth to the later orchestral settings, and various personas in the fiction of movies and the narrative of his personal history, but through the turmoil of change he cut a line through the 1900s. Since his death just a couple of years before the end of that century, through the ever-adapting mechanisms of media and marketing, his history of music making and image creation persists.”

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