FSEM 100 | Sinatra’s America

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Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was a dominant figure in American culture for much of the twentieth century—not only was he a musician, but he was an Oscar-winning film star, a celebrity with an inevitable political presence, an Italian-American cultural hero tangled up with mafia connections, a genre-crossing singer who made the microphone his own expressive tool and remade his own career several times, and a vulnerable man whose life was complicated at every turn by the woes of sex and money.  He was an embodiment of American complexities, and he is worth talking about.