This article, written by Andy Hermann, appears on LA Weekly.
One of the first things you see upon entering the Grammy Museum’s new exhibit, “Sinatra: An American Icon,” is Frank Sinatra’s pajamas. The exhibit, which opens today and runs through Feb. 15, is a personal and at times startlingly intimate celebration of the life and career of one of the most famously private superstars of the 20th century. Whatever mythic image of the Chairman of the Board most visitors will walk in with, it’s safe to say they’ll leave with a very different one.
“In the research of figuring out who Sinatra really was, in the interviews with the family, we found out there were [other] components of Sinatra that had to be told,” explains Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum and chief curator of the exhibit. “So we ventured off the track a little to talk about some of the other, non-musical things that he did.”
So while the exhibit, produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth, includes plenty of music, as well as artifacts from his lengthy film career, it also features things like the singer’s golf clubs, home movies shot around the family pool in Palm Springs and a toddler-sized T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is My Grandpa,” printed up for his granddaughters in the ’70s.
One of those granddaughters, Amanda Erlinger, worked closely with Santelli on the exhibit. When she sees him at a preview event, she greets him with a big hug. “This looks amazing,” she gushes, gazing around at all the memorabilia. Read more at LA Weekly.
“Frank Sinatra: An American Icon” is on display at the Grammy Museum through Feb. 15. Visit the Grammy Museum website for more information.