Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings / Edition 2

Louis Armstrong, in His Own Words: Selected Writings / Edition 2

by Louis Armstrong
     
 

ISBN-10: 019514046X

ISBN-13: 9780195140460

Pub. Date: 05/24/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Trumpeter. Singer. Actor. Entertainer. In his life, Louis Armstrong thrilled audiences worldwide and influenced countless musicians. But beyond being a revolutionary musician and an enchanting stage personality, Louis Armstrong was a writer--and he was prolific.

This unparalleled collection of Armstrong's candid writings reveals a side of the artist not widely

Overview


Trumpeter. Singer. Actor. Entertainer. In his life, Louis Armstrong thrilled audiences worldwide and influenced countless musicians. But beyond being a revolutionary musician and an enchanting stage personality, Louis Armstrong was a writer--and he was prolific.

This unparalleled collection of Armstrong's candid writings reveals a side of the artist not widely known to his fans. With idiosyncratic language and punctuation that recalls his musical virtuosity, Armstrong presents his thoughts on his life and career--from abject poverty in New Orleans to playing in the famous cafes, cabarets, and saloons of Storyville; from his big break in 1922 with the King Oliver band to his storming of New York; from his breaking of color barriers in Hollywood to the infamous King of the Zulus incident in 1949; and finally, to his last days in Queens, New York.

Along the way, these writings reveal Armstrongs honest, and often controversial, opinions about racism, marijuana, bebop, and fellow jazz artists. Whether a devoted Armstrong fan or a jazz neophyte, everyone will find here an illuminating, unvarnished portrayal of this truly compelling man.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140460
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2001
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
640,990
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

"Swing a Lot of Type Writing": An Introduction to Louis
Armstrong's Writings,vii
Editorial Policy,xxv
Acknowledgments,xxvii
I. "Home Sweet Home":
Childhood and Apprenticeship in New Orleans,1
1 "Louis Armstrong + the Jewish Family in New Orleans,
La., the Year of 1907" (March 31, 1969-1970),3
2 "Joe Oliver Is Still King" (1950),37
3 "Bunk Didn't Teach Me" (1950),40
4 Letter to Isidore Barbarin (September 1, 1922),42
II. "Some Kind of a God":
Chicago, New York, and California, 1922-1931,45
5 "The Armstrong Story" (1954),47
6 Letters to Robert Goffin (May 7 and July 19, 1944),77
7 The "Goffin Notebooks" (ca. 1944),82
8 "The Satchmo Story" (early 1959),111
9 "Jazz on a High Note" (1951),127
III. "Book Anywhere—Anytime":
Life on the Road during the 1940s and 1950s,137
10 Early Years with Lucille (ca. 1970),139
11 Letter to Leonard Feather (September 18, 1941),145
12 Letter to Betty Jane Holder (February 9, 1952),150
13 Letter to Joe Glaser (August 2, 1955),157
14 "Lombardo Grooves Louis!"(1949),164

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