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Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story, 1900-1971

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As trumpet player and singer, Louis Armstrong is the single most important figure in jazz history, and one of the most influential musicians--in any category--in this century. He was also, as this book relates, a wonderful character: actor, clown, raconteur, a tough kid when he came to Chicago from New Orleans who mellowed into one of the music's true statesmen. This biogr ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 22nd 1988 by Da Capo Press (first published 1972)
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Shane Garnett
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
I am deeply enthralled and smitten with Louis' music. The book was a somewhat enjoyable companion to my current listening. Louis' story was definitely told, and quite well. The book drew upon the comments of others very heavily, sourcing its claims quite well and sort of attempting to offer some guidance in interpreting the many myths and slide dalliances from truth in Louis' story over the decades. It also features an entire passage written by Louis, a detailed section entitled 'Louis on Record ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Offers some good detail and recognition of variances in stories and myths about Armstrong, but gets lost in minutia.
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