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Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong
Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong is a biography in the form of an art book. It tells the story of Armstrong's life through his writings, scrapbooks, and artworks, many of which have never been published before. Armstrong was the single greatest creative artist in the history of jazz and the American popular song. A true American original, he was prol ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Harry N. Abrams
(first published March 1st 2009)
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Louis Armstrong's great hobby was recording, on the big old reel to reel tape machines, he recorded all sorts of music and conversations, his other hobby a hobby within a hobby if you like was decorating the tape boxes, with collages made up of all kinds of images (often photo's of himself) sometimes the images he created directly reflected the tapes contents, more often not. He plastered the images on with sticky tape, that has now yellowed, actually if unintentionally adding to their artistic ...more
This book is a collection of images of Louis' collages, scrapbooks, letters, and other documents. Like you might expect, the artwork is wonderful. Everything else in the book? Not so much. All my peeves have to do with trying to use the book for a research project (inadequate documentation of the images, for example, and a seeming presumption of a lack of readerly curiosity on the author's part). But the artwork is, after all, the point of the book. It's a great coffee table book and conversatio ...more
Did you know that Louis Armstrong has a visual side besides his musical genius talents? The book serves as a visual collage diary as well as artwork for all of his personal reel-to-reel tapes. In its most charming level it is sort of like the old mix-cd artwork done by fans, but then on the other plane you are seeing the insides of Louis's personality and genius. Very unique and genius type of book. Much credit to Steven Brower for putting this book together and also a nod towards Eva Prinz for ...more
What an amazing person. This collection of hand-made covers of reel-to-reel tape boxes shows a side of Louis Armstrong completely unknown to me, and, just like his music, completely sui generis, completely home-grown and completely, joyfully life-affirming.