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Pops : a life of Louis Armstrong

Author: Terry Teachout
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ; Godalming : Melia [distributor], 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Louis Armstrong is widely known as the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth centruy. A phenomenally gifted and imaginative artist, he also wrote the finest of all jazz autobiographies--without a collaborator--and created collages that have been compared to the art of Romare Bearden. The ranks of his admirers included Jean Renoir and Le Corbusier ("He is mathematics, equilibrium on a tightrope. He is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Louis Armstrong; Louis Armstrong; Louis Armstrong
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Terry Teachout
ISBN: 9780151010899 0151010897
OCLC Number: 495597752
Notes: Originally published: London: JR, 2009.
Description: pages cm
Contents: The cause of happiness --
Bastards from the start. Apprenticeship in New Orleans, 1901-1919 --
All those tall buildings. Leaving home, 1919-1924 --
A flying cat. Harlem and Chicago, 1924-1927 --
It's got to be art. With Earl Hines, 1928 --
The way a trumpet should play. On the move, 1929-1930 --
Don't let 'em cool off, boys. On the run, 1930-1932 --
I didn't blow the horn. Crisis, 1932-1935 --
Always have a white man. With Joe Glaser, 1935-1938 --
The people who criticize. Losing touch, 1938-1947 --
Keep the horn percolating. Renewal, 1947-1954 --
The nice taste we leave. Ambassador Satch, 1954-1963 --
I don't sigh for nothing. At the top 1963-1971.
Responsibility: Terry Teachout.

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Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. He knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts, wrote the finest of all jazz  Read more...

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"POPS is the book we have been waiting for: essential reading for anyone curious about music, American culture, and one man's ability to inspire the world." Michael Cogswell, director Louis Armstrong Read more...

 
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