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Pops by Terry Teachout
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Jan 10, 2010

it was ok
Read in January, 2010

An interesting read about a fascinating life. I was very impressed with the handling of the continuing theme of race dynamics. Unfortunately, Teachout literally does not have a good word to say about any female performer. He's dismissive of Louis' first wife's skills, as well as Velma Middleton, and even Ella does not get a significant word of praise. It is distracting. I found it to significantly diminish my enjoyment. I don't have a problem with him reporting misogynistic things that were said by major players in Armstrong's life; that's history. It is, however, abrasive to have the women in the book treated this way.

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