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Satchmo My Life in New Orleans: My Life in New Orleans

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-9997226488
ISBN-10: 9997226488
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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amer Reprint Service Inc (June 1954)
  • ISBN-10: 9997226488
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997226488
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,664,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steve Alpert on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Love Loius Armstrong? How could you not? This is his childhood in New Orleans in Satchmo's own words. The reading is as colorful as his music, full of vitality and fun. Satchmo's take on life is clearly illustrated in this book. He greets life with a smile and takes troubles all with a smile. This book is an absolute joy to read. I can hear the music and feel the energy of those days in New Orleans by looking at the old photo on the cover. Young Louis Armstrong grew up dirt poor. But young Satchmo even as a young boy faced the world with a smile. His neighborhood nickname was, "Dipper" and at different times lived with his mother and her lovers (whom Louis called his, 'step-dads'), the Colored Waifs Home for Boys where he became the bugler and then leader of the band, and eventually, with his father. The passage where Louis describes how he became to play the cornet at the Colored Waifs Home for Boys is touching. I read as if I were sitting in a movie theater. Life in New Orleans was colorful and dangerous. Louis lived among the 'sportin' life -- pimps, prostitutes, honky-tonks, gambling, violence, and of course, music. Louis Satchmo Armstrong found his inspiration in this extraoridnary environment to become not only the most seminal figure in jazz in the twentieth century, but a most beloved man. Read this book slowly, you will want it to last.
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Format: Paperback
Honestly, one of the best books I've ever read. Written by Louis Armstrong himself, the book reads as colorfully and as beautifully as the man spoke. Great anecdotes. A must read for any jazz or Louis Armstrong fan.
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Format: Hardcover
I read my father's Signet paperback copy of this book when he wasn't looking. I was eight years old, in 1958, when he was stationed at Hahn AFB in W. Germany. Dad was a jazz lover, and he loved Louis! This book had a profound influence in my love of New Orleans and of jazz music. Although I haven't read it in 50 years, Satch's description of his early years in NOLA is as vivid today as the day I first read it. Highly recommend!!!
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Loved reading this book. I learned about a very small piece of Louis Armstrong's life. I feel like I got a little sneak peak of his youth. What an incredible life!
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By Julie E. Olen on September 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Written by Louis Armstrong himself. A treasure. New Orleans viewed through his eyes. I was lucky to get it because it's out of print.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was a little dissappoined in this. I though it would be in more detail.
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