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Louis Armstrong : An American Genius - James Lincoln Collier

Louis Armstrong

An American Genius

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780195037272
Number Of Pages: 416
For Ages: 12+ years old

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Louis Armstrong. "Satchmo." To millions of fans, he was just a great entertainer. But to jazz aficionados, he was one of the most important musicians of our times--not only a key figure in the history of jazz but a formative influence on all of 20th-century popular music. Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Chicago, and New York during the "jazz age," Collier re-creates the saga of an old-fashioned black man making it in a white world. He chronicles Armstrong's rise as a musician, his scrapes with the law, his relationships with four wives, and his frequent feuds with fellow musicians Earl Hines and Zutty Singleton. He also sheds new light on Armstrong's endless need for approval, his streak of jealousy, and perhaps most important, what some consider his betrayal of his gift as he opted for commercial success and stardom. A unique biography, knowledgeable, insightful, and packed with information, it ends with Armstrong's death in 1971 as one of the best-known figures in American entertainment.

"Destined to become one of the enduring jazz reference works."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The definitive account of Armstrong's life. Collier is a tough, unblinkered critic."--The Washington Post "By far the most thoughtful and articulate study to date of a much misunderstood titan of jazz."--The Nation "A masterful critical biography--sophisticated in its contexts, shrewd yet sympathetic, rich in its supporting cast...and splendidly conscientious in the delicate balance between character and culture."--Kirkus Reviews "The most comprehensive account yet of the man who all but invented swing."--Newsweek "Destined to become one of the enduring jazz reference works."--The Philadelphia Inquirer "The definitive account of Armstrong's life. Collier is a tough, unblinkered critic."--The Washington Post "By far the most thoughtful and articulate study to date of a much misunderstood titan of jazz."--The Nation "A masterful critical biography--sophisticated in its contexts, shrewd yet sympathetic, rich in its supporting cast...and splendidly conscientious in the delicate balance between character and culture."--Kirkus Reviews "The most comprehensive account yet of the man who all but invented swing."--Newsweek "One of the most important jazz studies in recent years."--Callaloo "An excellent introduction to the real 'Satchmo.'"--History Book Review "It could be a long time before we are given a more detailed, comprehensive, perceptive, and human portrait of the great Satchmo."--Jervis Anderson, The New Republic "Only with the publication of James Lincoln Collier's biography is a truly comprehensive critical study of Armstrong available. And a splendid one it is....Distinguished by sound logic, a generous breadth of understanding of music and people, and a writing style that is a model of clarity, economy, and grace....Collier's book joins that select group of biographies of Americans in the arts whose representatives are in themselves admirable works of art."--American Music "Splendid....Distinguished by sound logic, a generous breadth of understanding of music and people, and a writing style that is a model of clarity, economy, and grace....Collier's book joins the select group of biographies of Americans in the arts whose representatives are in themselves admirable works of art."--American Music "A superb book....It is thoughtful, intelligent, informative, provocative, and comprehensive."--Stephen L. Stone, University of Oregon "This comprehensive, well-researched, highly readable biography deftly separates fact from myth in telling the rags-to-riches saga of Armstrong's life."--The Christian Science Monitor "A detailed, provocative, intellectually stimulating, and skillfully written account--in fact, one of the most engrossing biographies of a jazz musician ever written."--Down Beat "Impeccable scholarship, razor-sharp musical analysis, and lively, vibrant prose are the hallmarks of this groundbreaking biography of an American jazz legend."--Booklist

New Orleansp. 3
Sex and Racep. 11
Growing Upp. 18
The Waifs' Homep. 34
Jazz Is Born in New Orleansp. 46
The Apprenticep. 56
The Professionalp. 69
Chicagop. 85
The Creole Jazz Bandp. 98
New Yorkp. 111
Fletcher Hendersonp. 124
The Blues Accompanistp. 135
The Entertainerp. 151
The Hot Fivesp. 169
The Fork in the Roadp. 199
Troubles and Turmoilp. 217
The First Big-Band Recordsp. 233
Europep. 249
Becoming a Starp. 270
Going Commercialp. 286
The All Starsp. 301
The Apotheosis of Louis Armstrongp. 311
The Last Gigp. 324
The All Star Recordingsp. 335
The Nature of Geniusp. 342
Notesp. 353
Dicographyp. 369
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780195037272
ISBN-10: 0195037278
Audience: General
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 14.22  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.38