Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words: Selected Writings by Thomas BrothersLouis Armstrong, In His Own Words: Selected Writings by Thomas Brothers

Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words: Selected Writings

EditorThomas Brothers

Paperback | April 15, 2001

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Louis Armstrong has been the subject of countless biographies and music histories. Yet scant attention has been paid to the remarkable array of writings he left behind. Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words introduces readers to a little-known facet of this master trumpeter,band leader, and entertainer. Based on extensive research through the Armstrong archives, this important volume includes some of his earliest letters, personal correspondence with one of his first biographers in 1943-44, autobiographical writings, magazine articles, and essays. Here are Armstrong's own thoughts on his life and career--from poverty in New Orleans to playing in the famous cafes, cabarets, and saloons of Storyville, from his big break in 1922 with the King Oliver band to his storming of New York, from his breaking of colorbarriers in Hollywood to the infamous King of the Zulus incident in 1949, and finally, to his last days in Queens, New York. Along the way Armstrong recorded touching portraits of his times and offered candid, often controversial, opinions about racism, marijuana, bebop, and other jazz artists suchas Jelly Roll Morton and Coleman Hawkins. Indeed, these writings provide a balanced portrait of his life as a musician, entertainer, civil rights activist, and cultural icon. Armstrong's idiosyncratic use of language and punctuation have been preserved to give the reader an unvarnished portrayal ofthis compelling artist. This volume also includes introductions to the writings, as well as an annotated index of names and places significant to Armstrong's life.
Thomas Brothers is an Associate Professor of Music at Duke University and the author of Chromatic Beauty in the Late Medieval Chanson. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Title:Louis Armstrong, In His Own Words: Selected WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

"Seing a Lot of Type Writing": An Introduction to Louis Armstrong's WritingsEditorial PolicyAcknowledgments"Home Sweet Home": Childhood and Apprenticeship in New Orleans1. "Louis Armstrong + the Jewish Family in New Orleans, La., the Year of 1907" (March 31, 1969-1970)2. "Joe Oliver is Still King" (1950)3. "Bunk Didn't Teach Me" (1950)4. Letter to Isidore Barbarin (September 1, 1922)"Some Kind of a God": Chicago, New York, and California, 1922-19315. "The Armstrong Story" (1954)6. Letters to Robert Goffin (May 7 and July 19, 1944)7. The "Goffin Notebooks" (ca. 1944)8. "The Satchmo Story" (early 1959)9. "Jazz on a High Note" (1951)"Book Anywhere - Anytime": Life on the Road during the 1940s and 1950s10. Early Years with Lucille (ca. 1970)11. Letter to Leonard Feather (September 18, 1941)12. Letter to Betty Jane Holder (February 9, 1952)13. Letter to Joe Glaser (August 2, 1955)14. "Lombardo Grooves Louis!" (1949)"Music Has No Age": Late Years in Corona, New York15. Letter to L/Cpl. Villec (1967)16. "Scanning the History of Jazz" (1960)17. "Our Neighbourhood" (ca. 1970)18. Open Letter to Fans (June 1, 1970)19. "Goodbye to All of You" (1969)

Editorial Reviews

`Review from previous edition 'a fascinating collection ... it's pretty damn entertaining.''Mojo