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Louis Armstrong: The Life, Music and Screen Career [Hardcover]

Scott Allen Nollen
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September 2004 0786418575 978-0786418572 0
Louis Armstrong was not only a virtuoso musician, singer, composer and actor, but also a dedicated writer who typed hundreds of letters and reminiscences, carrying a typewriter with him on his constant travels around the globe. The man never stopped creating, and constantly communicated with friends and acquaintances. His unique verbal, musical and visual content and style permeated everything he touched. Included in this extensive reference work are the major events of his life, his artistic innovations and cultural achievements, a detailed survey of his recordings and live performances, and in-depth discussions of his screen performances - not only his Hollywood feature film appearances, but his performances in short films, European concert films, and dozens of television shows broadcast from Hollywood, New York and Europe.

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"compact and thorough...well documented" --arba --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Scott Allen Nollen is the author of fourteen books on the history of film, literature and music, including, from McFarland, Jethro Tull (2002), The Boys: The Cinematic World of Laurel and Hardy (2001 [1989]), Robin Hood (1999), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at the Cinema (1996), Robert Louis Stevenson (1994) and Boris Karloff (1991).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company (September 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786418575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786418572
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.1 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,467,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest of all May 26, 2014
This well-written book covers the life, music and films of one of the greatest and most innovative musicians and singers of the 20th century. It is a well-balanced account of his career as singer, instrumentalist and actor, and also covers his own contributions to the civil rights struggle. Once I began reading it, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.
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