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Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong (1901-1971) grew up poor in New Orleans. The grandson of slaves, he dropped out of school and began his professional musical career when he was eleven. By the time he was twenty, he was already known as an innovative trumpet player who was shaping early jazz in New Orleans and Chicago. Wall Street Journal arts columnist Terry Teachout has written what has been hailed as the definitive biography of this legendary musician. In hardcover, Pops was described as "a comprehensive, affectionate biography of arguably the single most important figure in the history of jazz." Editor's recommendation. Now in paperback.