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Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words by Louis Armstrong
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Apr 11, 12

bookshelves: history-of-jazz, louisiana, music
Read in April, 2012

Not only a crucial resource for anyone interested in the history of jazz, or off pop music in general, but a phenomenal, fun, and singular piece of writing. Armstrong was an almost compulsive writer, churning out thousands of words in letters, articles, and autobiographical writings. All of these are stamped with his wonderfully idiosyncratic prose style. Armstrong's use of nonstandard capitalization and punctuation seems to have been an attempt to score the cadences and emphases of his speaking voice. As such, this is one of the most musical pieces of prose writing that I have ever encountered.
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