Library Journal - Library JournalCogswell (Queens Coll., New York) has been arranging, preserving, and cataloging materials from his institution's Louis Armstrong Archives since 1991. This excellent book is the result of those years of effort and will be the official companion to the recently opened Armstrong House National Historic Museum in Corona, Queens, where Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, lived for 40 years. Along with hundreds of photographs (300-plus never before published), Cogswell presents transcriptions of Armstrong's home-recorded tapes, quotes from an unfinished memoir, and numerous collages from Armstrong's scrapbooks, many of which pay tribute to musicians who influenced him and important moments in his life (e.g., being crowned King of the Zulus at the 1949 Mardi Gras). Readers will gain a greater sense of the man's humor, creativity, and joie de vivre. An excellent supplement to previously published biographies and autobiographies of Armstrong, this is one coffee-table book Satchmo's fans will want and is highly recommended for all libraries. [For more information on visiting the Louis Armstrong House, see www.satchmo.net.-Ed.]-James E. Perone, Mount Union Coll., Alliance, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Filled with never-before-seen photographs and artwork, this book is a treasure trove of Popsology. Michael Cogswell, since 1991, has been the head of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens, and he writes with knowledge and love. Absolutely essential.