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Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong
     

Satchmo: The Genius of Louis Armstrong

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by Gary Giddins
 

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Gary Giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" (Esquire). Louis Armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of perhaps the greatest figure in the history of American music. Available

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Gary Giddins has been called "the best jazz writer in America today" (Esquire). Louis Armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of perhaps the greatest figure in the history of American music. Available now at a new price, this text-only edition is the authoritative introduction to Armstrong's life and art for the curious newcomer, and offers fresh insight even for the serious student of Pops.

Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Yardley
Elegant and affecting...a perceptive biography of Louis Armstrong and a sensitive appreciation of his music.
Washington Post Book World
People Magazine
A treasury worthy of both the genius and the gentle spirit of Armstrong.
Philadelphia Inquirer
A loving portrait.
NY Times Book Review
A valuable, jubilant look at the great man and artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786731459
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
501 KB

Meet the Author

Gary Giddins is a columnist for the Village Voice and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Visions of Jazz. He is also the author of a biography of Bing Crosby. His work has won numerous prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, five ASCAP-Deems Taylor awards, and an American Book Award. He lives in New York City.

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Satchmo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BigEasyBookreader More than 1 year ago
This autobiography by Louis Armstrong covers his young years, growing up in New Orleans, until the age of about 20 when he left for Chicago. Armstrong was an educated and literate man, who toured with a typewriter and wrote letters, notes, etc., all his adult life. This autobiography is his writing; it is not ghost written. What comes across is a sweet and generous personality. Although he makes critical remarks about certain characters, his comments about family and fellow musicians are unfailingly kindly, positive, and generous. His upbringing was in neighborhoods that were rough, to say the least, surrounded as he was by bars, brothels, prostitutes, pimps, thugs, gamblers, etc. Probably his mother and certainly his first wife had worked as prostitutes. His talent and his optimistic personality saw him through all of this chaos. He recognizes racism but is not embittered by it. Armstrong was a rather remarkable man. (BTW, references to age are a little "off" since Armstrong always believed he was born on July 4, 1900, whereas modern research pegs his birth at a year or more later.) This was a quite enjoyable read, and an insight into a joyous personality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago