Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
Louis Armstrong has been the subject of countless biographies and music histories. Yet scant attention has been paid to the remarkable array of writings he left behind. Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words introduces readers to a little-known facet of this master trumpeter,band leader, and entertainer. Based on extensive research through the Armstrong archives, this important volume includes some of his earliest letters, personal correspondence with one of his first biographers in 1943-44, autobiographical writings, magazine articles, and essays. Here are Armstrong'sown thoughts on his life and career--from poverty in New Orleans to playing in the famous cafes, cabarets, and saloons of Storyville, from his big break in 1922 with the King Oliver band to his storming of New York, from his breaking of colorbarriers in Hollywood to the infamous King of the Zulus incident in 1949, and finally, to his last days in Queens, New York. Along the way Armstrong recorded touching portraits of his times and offered candid, often controversial, opinions about racism, marijuana, bebop, and other jazz artists suchas Jelly Roll Morton and Coleman Hawkins. Indeed, these writings provide a balanced portrait of his life as a musician, entertainer, civil rights activist, and cultural icon. Armstrong's idiosyncratic use of language and punctuation have been preserved to give the reader an unvarnished portrayal ofthis compelling artist. This volume also includes introductions to the writings, as well as an annotated index of names and places significant to Armstrong's life.
 

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These writings from jazz great Louis Armstrong swing with the same warmth, rhythms, and inventive phrasing that made his music so popular. Armstrong toured with a typewriter and used it often for ... Read full review

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In this collection jazz trumpeter Armstrong (1900-71) gives a fascinating glimpse into his "early musical influences, rise to fame, life on the road, role in the Civil Rights movement, and final years." (LJ 9/15/99) Read full review

Contents

the Year of 1907 March 3119691970 3
3
Joe Oliver Is Still King 1950
37
Letters to Robert Coffin May 7 and July 19 1944 77
19
The Goffin Notebooks ca 1944 82
32
The Satchmo Story early 1959 111
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17
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Jazz on a High Note 1951 127
13
Letter to Leonard Feather September 181941 145
13
Lombardo Grooves Louis 1949 164
4
Oxford New York
7
Appendix 191
11
Louis Armstrong
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First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback 2001
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EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND APPENDIX
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Includes bibliographical references p and index
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Copyright

Letter to Joe Glaser August 21955 157
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Thomas Brothers is an Associate Professor of Music at Duke University and the author of Chromatic Beauty in the Late Medieval Chanson. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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