Pops A Life of Louis Armstrong

ISBN-10: 0547386370
ISBN-13: 9780547386379
Edition: 2009
Authors: Terry Teachout
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List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/7/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. He knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts, wrote the finest of all jazz autobiographies - without a collaborator - and created collages that have been compared to the art of Romare Bearden. The ranks of his admirers included Johnny Cash, Jackson Pollock and Orson Welles. Offstage he was witty, introspective and unexpectedly complex, a beloved colleague with an explosive temper whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and more sharp-edged than his worshipping fans ever knew.Wall Street Journalarts columnist Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous Armstrong biographers, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations that Armstrong made throughout the second half of his life, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of this towering figure that shares full, accurate versions of such storied events as Armstrong's decision to break up his big band and his quarrel with President Eisenhower for the first time. Certain to be the definitive word on Armstrong for our generation,Popspaints a gripping portrait of the man, his world and his music that will stand alongside Gary Giddins'Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreamsand Peter Guralnick'sLast Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presleyas a classic biography of a major American musician.

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