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Product Details

  • Series: Da Capo Paperback
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306802767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306802768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"By far the most revealing document yet on Louis Armstrong's early life and his view of music in the world, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans is also a pleasure to read." -- Martin Williams

"Compelling autobiography." -- Chicago Tribune

"It is refreshing indeed to dig this unpretentious, rough-hewn, honest-to-badness memoir." -- New York Times

"With the inimitable style and love for life he brought to everything he did, Armstrong tells the story of how he grew up in circumstances we have been conditioned to perceive as sordid and depraved. Is human character the product of environment? Read Satchmo and find out." -- Dan Morgenstern

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This is a hugely enjoyable book on numerous levels and for fans of Armstrong it is indispensible.
R. J. Marsella
The book also gives insight into another culture, musicians, pimps and prostitutes and the sporting life, as well as the unfailing positive spirit of Louis Armstrong.
Steven H. Dymond
Recommend it for anyone who is interested in going back in time and "seeing, smelling, hearing, etc" how it really was back in the day.
JMorganfield

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The editors kept Armstrong's voice true to the legend and honest in its depictions of his sometimes harsh life in New Orleans. However, Artmstrong's sense of humor and goodness shine through his story and the reader really learns to like him as a person as well as a great musician. As a native New Orleanian, I really enjoyed his descriptions of the city during that time. I look forward to reading this book again!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on November 4, 2003
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What shines through this recollection of Louis Armstrong's youth in New Orleans is the essential positive outlook this man seems to have been born with despite the hardship of his early years. This "life-force' for lack of a better term is what drove his musicianship to such heights that he is the most revered American musician of the 20th century. While this is no scholalry biography it is written with the feel of an oral history and reading it is much like having Satch relate these tales over a few drinks. Not only does it shed much light on the real person that Louis Armstrong was but it also reflects an era in old New Orleans that is absolutely fascinating to read about in the words of someone who lived there. This is a hugely enjoyable book on numerous levels and for fans of Armstrong it is indispensible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Dymond on December 29, 2009
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I agree with the previous reviewers regarding style and simplicity.

What I loved most about this book is the glimpse into old New Orleans, an older America, and the richness of black music and its culture and roots.

One learns some older blues jargon, and, implicitly, the closely knit New Orleans musical life. The book also gives insight into another culture, musicians, pimps and prostitutes and the sporting life, as well as the unfailing positive spirit of Louis Armstrong.

This is more about the times of his youth than an in depth understanding of the development of his musicianship. It is, however, an entertaining and informative read, for lovers of the man, blues, jazz, and 'wild west' New Orleans culture around the early 1900's. Mr. Armstrong's happiness and energy pour forth in every page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JMorganfield on November 5, 2010
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Love it! Awesome story about Satchmo's life in New Orleans, the bands he played in, his influences, where/how he learned and developed his sound and more! Recommend it for anyone who is interested in going back in time and "seeing, smelling, hearing, etc" how it really was back in the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ritter on July 2, 2007
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Bought and read it twice in a couple weeks. Terrific imagery into old New Orleans. Get it- you'll love it.
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