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Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words: Selected Writings Paperback – May 24, 2001
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From Kirkus Reviews
"A fascinating collection of the unpublished writings of jazz trailblazer Armstrong, perhaps the most prolific writer among the jazz greats.... These revealing letters and writings give readers a fascinating glimpse into Armstrong's early musical influences, rise to fame, life on the road, role in the Civil Rights movement, and final years. Carefully preserving Armstrong's idiosyncratic style and adding previously unpublished photos, Brothers illuminates the character and times of a jazz icon."--Library Journal
"Louis Armstrong was a wonderful writer, vivid and candid, but until now his most personal reflections were known only to researchers. Thomas Brothers has superbly collected them in an entertaining volume that will prove indispensable to anyone who wants to understand the genius who transformed American music."--Gary Giddins, author of Visions of Jazz
"This book is like a long visit to Louis Armstrong's house in Queens.... Delightful and revealing.... By itself, this book explains why Louis Armstrong was by far the greatest and warment communicator jazz shall ever know."--George Avakian, jazz record producer
"Scholarly but approachable and engrossing, the book adds vitally to our knowledge of one of the greatest twentieth-century Americans."--Booklist
Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words is essential reading on the life of this legendary figure and the early jazz scene."--Down Beat
Top Customer Reviews
"I'm white inside
that can't help my case
cause I can't hide
what is on my face.
Old feather bed,
Filled up with lead
Feel like Ole Ned
Wish I wuz dead,
What did I do to be so black and blue?
One of the finest music critics writing today, Terry Teachout, says that this book is true Satchmo and he would have loved it to be twice as long as it is. The more Satchmo the better.
While it is true that he knew problems with the black-community in later years because some held him to be serving the 'Man' the truth was he brought great honor and dignity to not only blacks in America but all Americans.
And above all he brought joy and beauty through his music into the lives of so many.
Would be nice if the complete unedited documents were here in a multivolume series,but this will suffice. Swiss Krissly yours.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Expensive book. Annotated to the max. I bought it because I wanted to read L.A.'s thoughts myself. Very glad he made the effort to write down his own memories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MurphTheNerph
Interesting glimpse into the personal life of famous "Satchmo". In some chapters, perhaps more than I was interested in knowing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Frances
Shows the man behind the trumpet: Mr. Armstrong spoke through his music but he also had a lot to offer via the written word. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.Published on August 15, 2013 by Val