Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong

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Da Capo Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
Gary Giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" (Esquire). Louis Armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of perhaps the greatest figure in the history of American music. Available now at a new price, this text-only edition is the authoritative introduction to Armstrong's life and art for the curious newcomer, and offers fresh insight even for the serious student of Pops.

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In 1964, "Hello Dolly" knocked the Beatles off their number 1 perch--the last record by a jazz musician to top the charts. Louis Armstrong's first hit was "Muskrat Ramble" in 1926. His legacy runs ... Read full review


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Satchmo, of course, is trumpet great Louis Armstrong. This photo-rich biography explores Armstrong's career from his humble beginnings to his eventual jazz legend status. The text is accompanied by numerous color and monochrome images and is capped with a discography. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Gary Giddins is a columnist for the Village Voice and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz. He is also the author of a biography of Bing Crosby. His work has won numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, five ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards, and an American Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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