Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz

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Music Is My Life is the first comprehensive analysis of Louis Armstrong's autobiographical writings (including his books, essays, and letters) and their relation to his musical and visual performances. Combining approaches from autobiography theory, literary criticism, intermedia studies, cultural history, and musicology, Daniel Stein reconstructs Armstrong's performances of his life story across various media and for different audiences, complicating the monolithic and ...

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Overview

Music Is My Life is the first comprehensive analysis of Louis Armstrong's autobiographical writings (including his books, essays, and letters) and their relation to his musical and visual performances. Combining approaches from autobiography theory, literary criticism, intermedia studies, cultural history, and musicology, Daniel Stein reconstructs Armstrong's performances of his life story across various media and for different audiences, complicating the monolithic and hagiographic views of the musician.

The book will appeal to academic readers with an interest in African American studies, jazz studies, musicology, and popular culture, as well as general readers interested in Armstrong's life and music, jazz, and twentieth-century entertainment. While not a biography, it provides a key to understanding Armstrong's oeuvre as well as his complicated place in American history and twentieth-century media culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice - T. E. Buehrer

"Meticulous citations and helpful appendixes enhance the strength of this important, though complex, work. Highly recommended."
—T. E. Buehrer, Choice
Popular Music and Society - Robert Rawlins
"...Daniel Stein's book is the first to examine Armstrong's autobiographical record carefully to see what it reveals about the man, his life, and his music. The result is a fascinating book that is likely to offer unexpected insights and information to even the best-read Armstrong researcher."
—Robert Rawlins, Rowan University, Popular Music and Society
Jazz Research Notes - Mario Dunkel
"The contributions of Stein’s book to the study of Louis Armstrong and his music are manifold. With a rare historical and contextual awareness, Stein illustrates the extent to which Armstrong’s autobiographical self-performances conflicted with and challenged appropriations of Armstrong by such jazz writers and critics as Horace Gerlach, Robert Goffin, Hugues Panassié, and Rudi Blesh, among others."
---Mario Dunkel, Jazz Research News
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Popular Music - Bruce Johnson

"It is really gratifying to find a study of a jazz performer that recognises so comprehensively the deeper historical and cultural framework of a music that has been so often deracinated or romanticised."
---Popular Music
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472051809
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2012
  • Series: Jazz Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Stein is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: "Music is my life, and I live to play" Louis Armstrong's Jazz Autobiographies 1

Chapter 1 "I have always been a great observer" New Orleans Musicking 30

Chapter 2 "I done forgot the words" Versioning Autobiography 66

Chapter 3 "Diddat Come Outa Mee?" Writing Scat and Typing Swing 108

Chapter 4 "A happy go lucky sort of type of fellow" The Productive Ambiguities of Minstrel Sounding 145

Chapter 5 "He didn't need blackface-to be finny" the Double Resonance of Postcolonial Performance 183

Chapter 6 "My mission is music" Armstrong's Cultural Politics 227

Conclusion: "What do you know about that?" Final Thoughts on "Laughin' Louie" 258

Notes 273

Suggested listening 325

Suggested further reading 327

Index 335

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